NEDS PG-13

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From acclaimed actor/director Peter Mullan (Trainspotting; Magdalene Sisters). This coming of age drama about youth gang culture in 1970's Glasgow follows a boy full of promise as he descends into a life of crime. 2011 Festival Selection.

Starring:
Conor McCarron, Louise Goodall
Runtime:
2 hours 5 minutes

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NEDS

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Genres Drama
Director Peter Mullan
Starring Conor McCarron, Louise Goodall
Supporting actors Joe Szula, Mhairi Anderson, Gary Milligan, John Joe Hay, Christopher Wallace, Richard Mack, Paul Smith, Khai Nugent, Ryan Walker, Lee Fanning, Ross Greig, Greg McCreadie, Scott Ingram, Cameron Fulton, Craig Kerr, Martin Bell, Kat Murphy, Stefanie Szula
Studio Tribeca Film
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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It is not a short film at 124 minutes but it does fly by.
Tommy Dooley
Just the very threat of his brother's retribution keeps him safe from the neighborhood toughs.
K. Harris
It is one of the best illustrations of nature versus nurture that I have seen.
S. Langston

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 4, 2011
Format: DVD
The great character actor Peter Mullan has been in a number of terrific films since directing 2002's intense "The Magdalene Sisters." If "NEDS" is any indication, though, he should step behind the camera more often. This gritty, affecting, depressing film is a visceral experience and one of the hardest edged coming-of-age stories you're likely to encounter. NEDS stands for Non Educated Delinquents and the film charts one boy's progression into adulthood on the tumultuous and violent streets of Glasgow during the seventies. It is not an easy story to love, but it is a dramatic powerhouse that you won't soon forget. In an interesting choice, the primary character tends to be thoroughly unlikable--but you always understand him due to the circumstances of his existence. An abusive father, a hoodlum brother, an indifferent school system, an unescapable class division--John McGill can count on nothing but his intellect to extricate himself from his hopeless surroundings. But something always seems to hold him back.

As an isolated loner, John is at the top of his class. Just the very threat of his brother's retribution keeps him safe from the neighborhood toughs. But when his only friend turns away, John finds himself encircled by an unlikely group of new co-horts. Joining a junior gang, John soon starts to embrace a lawlessness and bravado. And as his life veers away from academics into violence, there may be no turning back. All the built up rage and uncertainty manifests itself in shocking and unpleasant ways which might even isolate him from his new buddies. John's descent is both harrowing and sadly realistic, but the film channels an unrelenting hope amidst the hopelessness. Is there any escape?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerjman on December 10, 2012
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A next story of gray British commoners' daily routine when good boy is pressed by peers to be rude, sexist and offensive -with body-harming off hands and ambiguous ending.

I hardly know what was the most highlighted-stupidity or ignorance of so-called egocentrics towards everything and everyone as the final stills provided?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 26, 2011
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The great character actor Peter Mullan has been in a number of terrific films since directing 2002's intense "The Magdalene Sisters." If "NEDS" is any indication, though, he should step behind the camera more often. This gritty, affecting, depressing film is a visceral experience and one of the hardest edged coming-of-age stories you're likely to encounter. NEDS stands for Non Educated Delinquents and the film charts one boy's progression into adulthood on the tumultuous and violent streets of Glasgow during the seventies. It is not an easy story to love, but it is a dramatic powerhouse that you won't soon forget. In an interesting choice, the primary character tends to be thoroughly unlikable--but you always understand him due to the circumstances of his existence. An abusive father, a hoodlum brother, an indifferent school system, an unescapable class division--John McGill can count on nothing but his intellect to extricate himself from his hopeless surroundings. But something always seems to hold him back.

As an isolated loner, John is at the top of his class. Just the very threat of his brother's retribution keeps him safe from the neighborhood toughs. But when his only friend turns away, John finds himself encircled by an unlikely group of new co-horts. Joining a junior gang, John soon starts to embrace a lawlessness and bravado. And as his life veers away from academics into violence, there may be no turning back. All the built up rage and uncertainty manifests itself in shocking and unpleasant ways which might even isolate him from his new buddies. John's descent is both harrowing and sadly realistic, but the film channels an unrelenting hope amidst the hopelessness. Is there any escape?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 15, 2011
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NEDS or Non Educated Delinquents (which is a bacronym) is slang for 'chav' or in America I would suggest 'redneck'. This is a Film 4 production from Peter Mullan (writer, director and actor). He was responsible for the excellent `Magdalene Sisters'. This is set in early 1970's Glasgow and focuses on John McGill, who is doing rather well at school despite his dysfunctional home life. His mother is a bag of nerves and in denial about her rubbish life, his father is a drunken bully and his older brother is a Ned. He then starts Secondary school and soon realises that survival needs more than just studying.

His brothers' reputation leads other gang bullies to accept him as one of them and the pupil soon becomes the teacher. This is an excellently observed piece of film making. I could relate to so much of it, the fact that he would watch `Robinson Crusoe' (French black and white serial that the BBC would show in the summer holidays) with the curtains drawn, teachers smoking and the corporeal punishment from those same teachers. And the sound track is spot on with the likes of `The Sweet' and `Wizard' to name but two.

The acting is superb, but a word on the accents, they are broad Glaswegian, and may prove a bit hard to understand in places, Mullan has gone for authenticity over clarity if you get my meaning, and fair play to him for that. He actually used real Neds; one had to be let out of remand to finish it.

He has been criticised for stereotyping working class people as drunken thugs or bullies, but I grew up in a situation which mirrored a lot of what took place here and for me it had a lot of resonance and therefore came across as very real and very believable.

It is not a short film at 124 minutes but it does fly by.
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