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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

3.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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In the hilarious tradition of THE FULL MONTY, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS is an offbeat romantic comedy that mixes working-class grit and quirky humor. Starring Robert Carlyle (THE FULL MONTY, TRAINSPOTTING) and Rhys Ifans (NOTTING HILL, HUMAN NATURE), this acclaimed British export is Spaghetti Western meets Fish-and-Chips! After his girlfriend (Shirley Henderson, HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS) turns down a marriage proposal by her decent-but-dull boyfriend (Ifans), a small-time crook (Carlyle) drifts back into town to win back his old flame and pull off one final crime. Will she follow her head or her heart -- and can her new beau handle the stiff competition? This smooth operator has more than met his match in a motley crew of oddball outcasts, as rekindled passions and old secrets up the ante in an uproarious love triangle. An edgy tale of hard choices and second chances, this endearing English comedy gives a new twist to home on the range!

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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is credited as the closing part in a loosely connected trilogy by director Shane Meadows. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) and Twenty Four Seven (1997) preceded it, and ultimately the viewer will be hard-pressed to discern more than the British Midlands locale linking them together. That and the generally grim tone. Here we have what boils down to a tale of a girl (Shirley Henderson) who can't decide between two guys (her ex, Robert Carlyle, or her current boyfriend, Rhys Ifans). Wrapped up in some easy comedy and framed in the occasional nod to the spaghetti Western genre, the movie initially has plenty in its favor. Unfortunately, the intrusion of a B-plot involving some Scottish thugs overpowers the more pleasant family portrait. As a result, the stellar performances by Kathy Burke and Ricky Tomlinson get lost in the drama of the love triangle. After swinging back and forth indecisively, Shirley's conclusion to the tale doesn't have the emotional punch that it should have. This third Midlands tale may be the most accessible in terms of familiar characters and aspects of contemporary British life, but what it isn't is the kind of escapist movie experience suggested by its title. --Paul Tonks


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  • Actors: Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke, Shirley Henderson, Ricky Tomlinson
  • Directors: Shane Meadows
  • Producers: Andrea Calderwood
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011V8J0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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