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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Super D / Phantom So
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UNHFQW

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2012
Format: DVD
This little gritty film, written and directed by Eran Creevy, is being cleverly marketed for release in the US by Breaking Glass Pictures as a prescription form for drugs and nothing could be more appropriate for a film that examines the intricate manner drugs such as cocaine, crack, etc have on little sectors of England: here, instead of London, the story is set in a seedy East London/Essex border country where drugs seem to affect everyone in one way or the other.

A bright, well-schooled Muslim lad named Shifty (Riz Ahmed, in a very fine performance) who lives with his straight mature brother Rez (Nitin Ganatra) who only tries to keep his Muslim family together. Shifty is a young crack cocaine dealer with a regular clientele - a addicted building site worker Trevor (Jay Simpson) married to a disillusioned wife (who thought he had given up drugs) with three kids, a crack smoking old lady Valerie (Francesca Annis) in her familiar looking flat, framed photograph of a daughter, grand daughter on the mantle. etc. Shifty sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend Chris (Daniel Mays) returns home after an absence of several years due to a dark secret that we only learn about at film's end. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and with his family about to turn their back on him for good, Shifty must out-run and out-smart a rival drug dealer Glen (Jason Flemyng) intent on setting him up for a big fall. As his long time friend Chris, confronts the dark past he left behind him (nightmares abound!), Shifty is forced to face up to the violent future he's hurtling towards. And oddly it is the presence of Chris that finally, after years of remorse over a bad decision, is there for Shifty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CriticNic on November 27, 2012
Format: DVD
I knew very little about the British crime film Shifty prior to seeing it. My interest was certainly piqued when a screener arrived in the mail in the form of a Ziplock bag with a pretty neat looking prescription label stuck to the front. It became pretty obvious this was a drug-themed movie, which that in itself usually wouldn't be my type of flick, but I gotta say the effort in the marketing made it much more exciting.

The films starts of with Chris (Daniel Mays) showing up on the doorstep of Shifty (Riz Ahmed), a small town crack dealer. The two reveal to be old friends, but it's clear from the beginning that they have some issues from their past and Chris has been gone for some time. Shifty, who lives with his older brother, invites Chris to stay with them and goes about his usual dealings with Chris tagging along.

We're introduced to a crime underworld that runs deep in the small town. We're introduced to a diverse range of characters including a family man who who goes to extremes to satisfy his temptation of getting his next high. Chris and Mays even find themselves running from the cops early on after an encounter with another old friend who's obtained some hot electronics. For Shifty it's all in a days work, but for Chris this is a whole different world than what he's used to.

Things get a little more heavy when Glen (Jason Flemyng) comes into the picture. Glen is a wannabe kingpin who gives reason to believe he has some shady motives. After an awkward confrontation with Chris, we know we haven't seen the last of Glen. At this point more of the history between Chris and Shifty is revealed that adds a realistic drama to the story, saving it from being a one-dimensional drug flick.

As the day goes on, things only get more interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jpalagruto on September 20, 2012
Format: DVD
Length: 1:54 Mins
$hifty is an instant classic. In the vein of Tarantino and Guy Ritchie, tongue in cheek crime drama at its' best.

I had heard about this movie from some friends who live in the UK. They know what type of movies I typically like (English Gangster flicks like Snatch and Gangster #1) so they recommended $hifty. I was blown away by how good this movie was! It all takes place during a single day and though it's about a drug dealer ($hifty himself) the subtext of the movie is relationships - family friends and even co-workers.

The dialogue is clever, the acting is INCREDIBLE and the story is engaging, to say the least.

This isn't a movie you just see, it's one you should own and turn your friends onto. Show it to a girl or guy you're dating and they will think you're cool just for knowing about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EvanWins on July 23, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a great movie in the tradition of Tarantino or Guy Ritchie. English, crime, drugs, shady characters with great stories - AWESOME. I saw this in the theaters when I was in London because I had read so much in the English press about it and I love English Gangster movies. The press over there was right, this is an extremely well acted, character driven story, that uses the topic of drug dealing to masquerade a story about relationships - the relationship of Shifty wth his best friend, his family, and his "boss". I really can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this movie.

I hear there is a US release scheduled for later this year.
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