I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead


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For I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, director Mike Hodges re-teams with Trevor Preston, the respected British television writer with whom he made a series of documentaries for ITV back in the 1960s. The film also brings the director together again with actor Clive Owen, the star of his previous film, Croupier, which signaled Hodges' resurgence. Owen plays Will Graham, a former London gangster who moved out to the country after suffering a breakdown of some sort. Will works clearing forests, and lives out of his van, until he loses his job over a lack of proper documentation. Meanwhile, Will's younger brother, Davey, is enjoying his life as a womanizing man about town, and dabbling in drug dealing, until one night, when an older man, Boad (Malcolm McDowell), has him followed and brutally assaults him. The traumatized Davey returns home and takes his own life. Will, uncertain as to where to go, finds himself drawn back to London, where he learns of Davey's death from Mrs. Barz (Sylvia Syms), his landlady. Will investigates what happened that night with his old friend, Mickser (Jamie Foreman). As Will tries to piece together what happened, he goes to visit Helen (Charlotte Rampling), his former lover, who is less than thrilled to see him after he abandoned her years earlier and eventually cut off all contact. The current neighborhood crime boss, Turner (Ken Stott), knows what Will is capable of, and sees him as a threat. Eventually, Will uncovers the truth, and is faced with the unpleasant prospect of avenging Davey's death. Screenwriter Preston took the title for the film from a sardonic song by the late Warren Zevon.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
UPC: 0097363416548
Original Release: 2003
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:43:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround and English Dolby Surround; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clive Owen Will Graham
Charlotte Rampling Helen
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Davey
Malcolm McDowell Boad
Jamie Foreman Mickser
Ken Stott Frank Turner
Sylvia Syms Mrs. Bartz
Geoff Ball Arnie Ryan
Desmond Baylis Cannibal (Jez)
Kirris Riviere Big John
Brian Croucher Al Shaw
Ross Boatman Malone
Marc O'Shea Paulin
Noel Clarke Cyril
Alexander Morton Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Hodges Director
Evangeline Averre Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Bunker Production Designer
Max Bygrave Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Carlin Editor
Paul Carr Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Corrente Producer
Leo Davis Casting
Michael Garfath Cinematographer
Richard E. Johnson Executive Producer
Mike Kaplan Producer
Robert O. Kaplan Executive Producer
Roger Marino Executive Producer
Marisa Polvino Co-producer
Trevor Preston Screenwriter
John Ralph Art Director
George Richards Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Fisher Turner Score Composer
Trisha Van Klaveren Executive Producer
Richard Whelan Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Memories Deceive [:22]
2. Up, Down, or Sideways [7:24]
3. Calling on Davey [4:30]
4. Funerals are for Family [2:01]
5. Will Graham Returns [7:08]
6. Incontrovertible Suicide [1:01]
7. Grief for a Life Wasted [5:28]
8. A Crime of Power [2:05]
9. Just Watching [5:01]
10. Helen's Plea [3:38]
11. The Dead are Dead [3:22]
12. End Credits [6:33]

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2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story just fell flat. It was like the movie just stopped. We absolutely hated the ending and felt betrayed and let down. You never find out what happens. The movie was a real dud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not unlike another reviewer, I was very disappointed in this flick, and I likewise think that its only redeeming merits are due exclusively to Clive Owen's performance. Being kind, I'll say that Director Mike Hodges did a horrible job of editing. He must have decided, inexplicably, to delete many of the scenes, because the way this thing is cut makes very little sense. The ending leaves too many questions unresolved (a frivolous and wasteful attempt at a poetic match with the opening lines), including but not limited to why Charlotte Rampling is left in the hands of her abductor. The characters are not developed well enough for us to understand their purpose, and the plot runs in all directions. When we ARE provided information crucial to the story, such as the reason for Owen's brother being sodomized, it's capricious and illogical. This is not a film noir, dark mystery; it's simply dumb. I recommend that you take a pass, because it's not a very good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful film noir piece that revolves around retribution, power and masculinity. You are not meant to empathize with the characters, only to observe and perhaps by fascinated by their litle explored relationships and reactions to their malovent universe. All of this and the constant mood of apprehension and constant tension of potential retribution makes this such a great movie. Even the soundtrack is pitch perfect.