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Having a wife he brought home from England and two small children he has to bring home the bacon and so he sees if he can get a job acting; but is inevitably turned away. So in a desperate attempt to keep a roof over their heads he takes out his souvenir Lugar pistol, puts on some make up and holds up a bank - only with some panache. What follows is his story of how he goes ever deeper, forming his own gang along the way, until the inevitable climax.
I really enjoyed this film; the acting is all top notch especially Scott Speedman who plays Boyd. There is some great period detail, and the soundtrack is just right also. This did not have a big budget and was a Canadian production, well Boyd was Canadian after all. It runs to 105 minutes and uses all of those to great effect. The secret is that you actually care about these people and that has to be down to both the great acting and the great direction from Nathan Morlando who also wrote the screenplay he is also responsible for `Copper' in case you wanted to see more of his work. Whilst not action packed it has it where it needs it and has enough plot and tension to keep you interested till the very end, one I feel happy recommending.
Scott Speedman plays the title role, and his easy charm really works in this presentation. The story follows the period in his life when Boyd first makes the decision to be an outlaw, through acts of increasing bravado, to his many encounters with the law, to prison escapes, to forming a team of robbers, to the ultimate conclusion. While I won't reveal the particulars of what happens to Boyd (for those who aren't familiar with the tale), I will say stick around for the written synopsis at the finale of the film that updates the character arcs. You might be quite surprised by one of these revelations, it actually puts the entire film into a slightly new light.Read more ›
In spite of his short-lived joy, the film's bleak colors convey Edwin's depressing, increasingly desperate situation. Unfortunately, the audience never quite connects the rather passive, mild mannered man to his wilder counterpart. The movie also depicts the robberies as more surreal, bemusing, and exciting than harmful, perhaps in order to convey how the media romanticized Boyd's crimes.
The story touches on Edwin's relationship with his father (Brian Cox), a retired policeman, but their complex history is not fully explored. Partway through the film, Kevin Durand brightens the screen as fellow bank robber and veteran Lenny Jackson. Unlike his mostly forgettable criminal friends, Lenny shows believable volatility and unexpected heart. Though not one to be messed with, he latches onto Edwin like a brother. The genuine bond between Edwin and Lenny is one of the most successful aspects of the film.
Their descent into living above the law is not glamorized. Boyd's relationship with his wife is increasingly strained, and the affect his actions have on his family is painful to watch. Still, though well made, the biopic Citizen Gangster never becomes more than the sum of its parts.
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A bit of crime history I was unaware of...a really good portrayal of crime not paying...loved the post-ww2 scenery (autos, dress, etc.).Published 2 months ago by Donald Swingle
great lifetimemovie,, i love real true stories of people lifes. and what they went through to survie in life......Published 15 months ago by Michael e Silver
This movie is definitely not a four or five star film. It wants to be and Scott Speedman
did an excellent job in this film but all in all it just a one time watcher! Read more
Depressing but enthralling period piece about everyman Edwin Boyd, a Canadian war veteran who supplements his dreary life as a father and holder of menial jobs with a second career... Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Neil P.
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Not much of the action I expected. A drama that try by all means to expose some type of action, but falls short of it.Published on February 28, 2014 by Professor Colon
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