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Shallow Grave (1995)

Kerry Fox , Christopher Eccleston , Danny Boyle  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, Ken Stott, Keith Allen
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 079284405X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Three friends push the boundaries of trust in this hermetically sealed shocker (Los Angeles Times) from the creators of Trainspotting. Starring Kerry Fox (The Hanging Garden), Christopher Eccleston (Elizabeth) and Ewan McGregor (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace), Shallow Grave is a masterpiece of terror (Movieline), riddled with hairpin turns (Boxoffice) that takes you on a fantastic ride to the lowest depths of human nature. Juliet (Fox), David (Eccleston) and Alex (McGregor) find that their new reclusive roommate has not left the bedroom for days. After kicking in the door they discover his drug over-dosed corpse and a suitcase full of money! Fatefully choosing to keep the money, they know they have to get rid of the remains. But the body won't stay buried and a careless trail from the shallow grave leads the policeand two money-hungry thugsback to the trio. And as the stakes get higher, so does the body count, not to mention their paranoia which is quickly putting their friendships in jeopardy forever!

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Security and insanity are not the same thing." March 23, 2005
Danny Boyle has given us movie fans some amazing films in a variety of genres(Trainspotting, 28 Days Later. His first movie, Shallow Grave, is one of the best directorial debuts ever. A solid, gritty thriller centered around three flatmates and their descent into greed and subsequent savagery.

Shallow Grave is invariably one of the top 10 mystery/thrillers I recommend to newbies of the genre. The large cult following for this film is most definitely warranted, mainly because it doesn't fall victim to studio executive induced foolishness or its bastard requisite happy ending. This is good film making with taut direction derived from an excellent script.

The entire crux of the film is the question: "When confronted with a large sum of money can friendship survive?" Obviously the answer is a resounding "no". Boyle drops his audience into a frightening and exhilirating situation, makes us care for his characters, and then ruthlessly pummels them with brutal circumstance. We can see a little bit of ourselves in all three main characters which definitely increases our empathy and revulsion at the betrayal and bloodshed.

Shallow Grave is a haunting depiction of paranoia, deceit, murder, and madness that gets better with each viewing.

P.S. Danny Boyle revisits similar ground with his new release "Millions", albeit in a more wholesome, family friendly format.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to cover the trail! June 6, 2000
This little Scottish gem is worth watching more than once! I'll not bother recanting what it's about, you can read that above. This is a delightful example of how greed and peer pressure can twist and stain the human soul with ugliness. Most of the movie takes place in the three roommates' flat in Scotland so it has a real claustrophobic feel to it. The plot is simple, watch the three characters crumble as they're affected by their decision to keep the money and dispose of the body. Strongest scene: when David comments about the dinner after having to hack up the dead body "It tastes different." Possibly meaning both the dinner and everything else about his life. This film has a nice ending, not a phoney one just to keep everyone happy. Technically, the digital transfer is mediocre. The sound is quite low. I have to turn my TV up pretty high to hear it, but this could be due to poor production on the set. There are no extras included on this DVD.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Why is it that I watch and enjoy so many films in which Ewan McGregor appears? After finishing the substantive part of my day one evening last week, I flipped over to IFC and found `Shallow Grave' (1994) just starting. I stuck with it, and was not disappointed.

A movie fan has to love the risks that the independent filmmakers take. Danny Boyle, the same director of `Trainspotting,' did a very nice job with three rather unknown actors at the time - at least in the U.S., Kerry Fox (Juliet), Christopher Eccleston (David), and McGregor (Alex), a quirky and unusual script, a little contemporary film noir, and created an enjoyable little story. Nice work, Danny Boyle.

In synopsis, Juliet, David, and Alex live in a nice four bedroom flat and are conducting a roommate search to pay a fourth of the rent. During a dinner/interview with a prospective tenant, Hugo, played by Keith Allen, the three are impressed, perhaps excessively so, when the potential flat mate brandishes nice wad of pound notes. Very shortly after Hugo moves in, he is not to be seen. Inquisitive Alex (he's a newspaper reporter) leads the charge to break into his room only to find Hugo naked and dead. Then, Alex continues to snoop and finds a substantial cache of money in a suitcase under the bed.

In short, after some very shallow soul-searching, the trio decided to keep the money rather than to report Hugo's death to the authorities. As such, Juliet, David, and Alex David must dispose of the body, Hugo's car, and anything else that could possibly associate the deceased flat mate with the three friends. The disposal proves to be quite a grisly affair, but that is not the least of the trio's problems.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars People will do a lot of things to keep a lot of money November 19, 2004
Although there is no room on the name plate at the front door to their flat, Juliet Miller (Kerry Fox), David Stephens (Christopher Eccleston), and Alex Law (Ewan McGregor) are interviewing for a fourth, to rent out the red bedroom. However, their way of interrogating prospective flat mates makes it seem that they will never find a fourth wheel. Alex, the reporter, asks most of the insulting questions, the nicest of which is probably asking "When was the last time you heard these exact words: 'You are the sunshine of my life'?" But Juliet, the doctor, asks things like, "This affair you're not having, is it not with a man, or not with a woman?" while David, the accountant, likes to inquire, "How would you react, then, if I told you I was the Antichrist?" There is no way that anybody is going to get a passing grade from all three of this trio.

In fact, Hugo (Keith Allen) talks to only Juliet before he makes it to a dinner with the boys, where Alex wants to know if Hugo can pay for the flat (a large wad of bills suggests that he can) and David just wants to know if Hugo has ever killed a man (Hugo lies on this point). These answers are sufficient for him to move in, although Hugo is clearly a bit older than they are and is not as amused by the trio's wit as they are. However, the next morning Hugo is lying naked and dead in the red bed, the victim of an overdose. Alex immediately starts checking out everything that Hugo left behind, apparently never thinking that the police might want to take a look at things first. Just as Juliet is about to report the corpse, Alex finds the proverbial suitcase filled with cash. Immediately, Juliet and the boys are reviewing the situation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Christopher Eccleston was terrific in this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Kermit360
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie.
Published 2 months ago by kanexxx
1.0 out of 5 stars Torture porn
I am a great fan of Danny Boyle and consider Slum Dog Millionaire one of the finest films ever made. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I gave this as a gift to a friend. He hasn't complained to me yet and it's been a few months since I gave it to him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mtj_07
3.0 out of 5 stars Tense but Uneven
Fo some unexplained reason, three friends living in an apartment decide to interview people, assuming one of them will be the fourth resident. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SanNic44
4.0 out of 5 stars need a strong stomach for this one
I had this one on VHS years ago, and decided to watch it again via streaming. I'd forgotten just how stomach-churning those "get rid of the body" scenes can be, but the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars "But Juliet, You're A Doctor! You Kill People All The Time!"...
Alex (Ewen McGregor), David (Christopher Eccleston), and Juliet (Kerry Fox) are three fun-loving, irreverent housemates. They take in a new boarder to share the rent. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie from Danny Boyle
Interesting and creepy movie from Danny Boyle (one of his first theater releases I believe). The plot is intriguing and the acting is pretty good, I just happen to be very annoyed... Read more
Published 10 months ago by tj
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twists and turns
If you enjoy happy endings, you might want to skip this one....This is one of Ewan Macgregor's early pictures and it has some surprises...
Published 12 months ago by Paula Merwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as shallow as you may think...
Before Danny Boyle snagged an Oscar, he was serving up some brilliantly crafted films of varying genres and tones, and `Shallow Grave' was his very first film and the start of a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Ellington
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