February 20, 2017


44 Inch Chest – 2010 | 90 mins | Drama | Colour


Plot Synopsis

44 Inch Chest

Scripted by Louis Melles and David Scinto, this cod-Pinteresque East End gangster satire on male machismo is profane, pretentious and a surprisingly tender film. The film reunites the writing team and some of the stars of the far superior ‘Sexy Beast’, unfortunately debut director Malcolm Venville paints the cast as cardboard caricatures and the cinematic limitations of a stagy set cause the drawn-out drama to fizzle out to an anticlimactic finale. The ensemble cast approach it as a stage play and vie for acting honours; Winstone’s portrait of cuckolded self-pity and snivelling rage is the focus, but McShane and Hurt bring plenty of scene-stealing gusto while Dillane and Wilkinson effortlessly provide strong performances.

Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) is in agony, shattered by his wife’s (Joanne Whalley) infidelity. However, he has friends who do more than stand by – they kidnap the wife’s French waiter lover (Melvil Poupaud) and hold him prisoner an abandoned East End warehouse so that Colin can restore his pride with revenge. A kangaroo court takes place and as the situation escalates Loverboy’s life hangs in the balance as Colin wrestles with revenge, remorse, grief and self pity, all the while egged on by his motley crew of friends, mother’s boy Archie (Tom Wilkinson), self-assured homosexual Meredith (Ian McShane), semi-psychopathic Mal (Stephen Dillane) and the vicious Old Man Peanut (John Hurt), who just want him to get on with it so they can get down the pub.

Production Team

Malcolm Venville: Director
Nick Gottschalk: Art Direction
Daniel Landin: Cinematography
Caroline Harris: Costume Design
Rick Russell: Film Editing
Frances Hannon: Makeup Department
Louise Coles: Makeup Department
Angelo Badalamenti: Original Music
Steve Golin: Producer
Richard Brown: Producer
John Stevenson: Production Design
David Scinto: Script
Louis Mellis: Script
Michael Fentum: Sound
Dominic Gibbs: Sound
James Mather: Sound
Ian Sands: Sound


Steven Berkoff: Tippi Gordon
Melvil Poupaud: Loverboy
Joanne Whalley: Liz Diamond
Stephen Dillane: Mal
Tom Wilkinson: Archie
John Hurt: Old Man Peanut
Ian McShane: Meredith
Ray Winstone: Colin Diamond

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