Wild Bill 2011 NR CC

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Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) returns home to find his now 11 and 15-year old sons, Jimmy and Dean, abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves.

Starring:
Charlie Creed-Miles, Will Poulter
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Wild Bill

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Genres Drama
Director Dexter Fletcher
Starring Charlie Creed-Miles, Will Poulter
Supporting actors Sammy Williams, Iwan Rheon, Charlotte Spencer, Rain Ryan, Marc Warren, Peter McCabe, Morgan Watkins, Radoslaw Kaim, Aaron Ishmael, Liz White, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Neil Maskell, Leo Gregory, Mark Monero, Peter-Hugo Daly, Amanda Henderson, Colette Morrow, Olivia Williams
Studio Flatiron Film Company
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on October 7, 2012
Format: DVD
Wild Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) has spent 8 years in prison. He has returned home and doesn't want to go back. He has discovered his wife has run off to Spain and his 11 an 15 year old sons James (Sammy Williams) and Dean (Will Poulter) are fending for themselves and would prefer not having their estranged father in their life. Bill wants to run off to Scotland and get away from everything, but child services has a different idea.

The family is thrust together and Bill tries to keep things clean in his old crack dealing neighborhood which doesn't go too well.

Like most UK productions the drama sometimes crosses lines with a twisted dark comedy that looks like tragedy. Good acting. Andy Serkis of LOTR fame has a small role as the big boss.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, near sex, no nudity (bra /panties Charlotte Spencer) adult themes
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I have seen so many small serio-comic romps set in Britain's criminal element, I rarely expect to be surprised anymore. This is territory that filmmakers such as Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn have turned into a mini-genre all its own. To all appearances, Dexter Fletcher's "Wild Bill" seems to tick all of the anticipated boxes: huge cast of familiar faces, quirky criminals, burst of explicit violence, dark humor, family and workplace dysfunction, an enigmatic underworld boss, and lots and lots of drugs. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy these movies! When done well, they are a load of twisty and twisted fun. I just think that they've developed a formula that I've come to expect and, therefore, can lack a certain originality. "Wild Bill," however, did surprise me. While not exactly revelatory in plot, the movie demonstrates a real heart and that makes the experience stand out. The relationships at the center of "Wild Bill" are well orchestrated and I really cared about the outcome. Nothing is forced, the emotional resonance is real. I didn't even realize how much I was invested until the film's final moments. With just a couple of words, the last scene made me understand that this little picture had gotten under my skin and really affected me!

As we meet Wild Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles), he is coming out of prison on parole after doing an eight year stint. Returning to the family he left behind, he discovers that his two sons have been abandoned by their mother and are living life on their own. Bill is no dad, though, he just wants to move on with his life. But the real world starts to trap him. Between old friends, family services, and parole officers, his plan to get out of town quickly evaporates due to conflicting responsibilities.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Directed by Dexter Fletcher (long-time actor, first-time director) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Danny King (Thieves Like Us), Wild Bill is an exceptionally well done film about a man named Bill, recently released from prison who's in no shape or mood to become a father, and his two sons, one of whom is too young to even remember him and the other who wants nothing to do with him. But as the classic line from the Robert Frost poem goes, home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. And Bill has nowhere else to go.

A lot of what makes Wild Bill work are the performances of the cast. Charlie Creed-Miles (Injustice, The Last King) does an exceptionally nuanced turn as Wild Bill, bringing out the complex nature of the character, showing him alternately as a man with a past he largely wants to forget, who wants to be left alone to try and get on with his life, but at the same time a man who, however reluctantly at first, finds himself trying to do the right thing by his sons and by a woman he ends up getting to know. But Will Poulter (We're the Millers, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Son of Rambow) is truly outstanding as Bill's older son, Dean, his very expressive face showing Dean's turmoil of emotions as he in turn reluctantly comes to re-connect with his father even as he deals with Jimmy's increasing troubles and his own awkward relationship with a girl he has a major crush on.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 8, 2013
Format: DVD
British actor Dexter Fletcher makes a strong directorial debut with "Wild Bill", which he co-wrote with Danny King. "Wild Bill" Hayward (Charlie Creed-Miles) has just been released from prison, where he's spent 8 years for a laundry list of crimes as a result of his work with an East London drug-dealing syndicate. Unbeknownst to Bill, his two sons Dean (Will Poulter) and Jimmy (Sammy Williams), now 15 and 11 years old, have been abandoned by their mother and on their own for some time. After Bill is reluctantly reunited with his sons and apprised of the situation, his parole officer (Olivia Williams) puts Child Services onto them. Dean insists that Bill stay long enough to sort things out with Child Services, or Dean will turn him in to the cops for drugs. Bill's old drug-dealing colleagues don't want him hanging around, though, and are insisting he go to Scotland.

Dexter Fletcher is a big admirer of Westerns, and we see some of that sensibility in "Wild Bill." Credit is also due editor Stuart Gazzard for perfect pacing. The film doesn't condescend to its barely working class characters. I especially like the way Will Poulter handles Dean. Dean is trying his best to earn a living and care for his younger brother, with limited success. We can sense his frustration at being unable to keep Jimmy out of trouble, and this made him the most sympathetic character to me. I don't think that anyone would change as much or as fast as Bill does over the course of this story. That's artistic license, but Bill's emotions always seem genuine, even if I question the result. "Wild Bill" is pretty unsentimental until it approaches its conclusion, which is also a plus. It has drama, underprivileged children, moral redemption, and violence. Something for everyone.
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