Gangster No. 1

An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk and who joined Freddie's gang—a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.

Directed by: Paul McGuigan Libbie Barr
Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller,
Production Company: Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg (FBB), Pagoda Film, NFH Films, Film4 Productions, British Screen Productions, British Sky Broadcasting, Little Bird, Road Movies,

Gangster No. 1 - There can only be ONE! - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 09-06-2000
  • Runtime: 103 Minutes
  • Popularity: 8.96
  • Vote Count: 139
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 0
  • Region: Germany ( DE ), Ireland ( IE ), United Kingdom ( GB ),
  • Homepage: N/A






Photo Name Character
Paul Bettany - Azwaad Movie Database Paul Bettany Younger Gangster
Malcolm McDowell - Azwaad Movie Database Malcolm McDowell Gangster 55
David Thewlis - Azwaad Movie Database David Thewlis Freddie Mays
Jamie Foreman - Azwaad Movie Database Jamie Foreman Lenny Taylor
Saffron Burrows - Azwaad Movie Database Saffron Burrows Karen
Kenneth Cranham - Azwaad Movie Database Kenneth Cranham Tommy
Eddie Marsan - Azwaad Movie Database Eddie Marsan Eddie Miller
Andrew Lincoln - Azwaad Movie Database Andrew Lincoln Maxie King
Doug Allen - Azwaad Movie Database Doug Allen Mad John
Razaaq Adoti - Azwaad Movie Database Razaaq Adoti Roland
Photo Name Department
Jina Jay-Production Jina Jay Production (Casting)
Paul McGuigan-Directing Paul McGuigan Directing (Director)
Richard Bridgland-Art Richard Bridgland Art (Production Design)
Adrian Biddle-Camera Adrian Biddle Camera (Director of Photography)
Jonathan Cavendish-Production Jonathan Cavendish Production (Producer)
Jany Temime-Costume & Make-Up Jany Temime Costume & Make-Up (Costume Design)
Sebastian T. Krawinkel-Art Sebastian T. Krawinkel Art (Art Direction)
Norma Heyman-Production Norma Heyman Production (Producer)
Simon Fisher-Turner-Sound Simon Fisher-Turner Sound (Sound Designer)
Andrew Hulme-Editing Andrew Hulme Editing (Editor)

See Full Cast & Crew of Gangster No. 1


John Chard

Look into my eyes! Gangster No. 1 is directed by Paul McGuigan and written by Johnny Ferguson, Louis Mellis and David Scinto. It stars David Thewlis, Paul Bettany, Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows, Kenneth Cranham, Jamie Foreman and Eddie Marsan. Music is by John Dankworth and cinematography by Peter Sova. Gangster 55 (McDowell/Bettany as the younger version) looks back on his brutal life, on how he became a gangster... The British gangster genre of film was gathering apace in 2000. Guy Ritchie's Snatch would wow critics later in the year, while Ben Kingsley's ferocious turn in Sexy Beast (David Scinto and Louis Mellis co-write on that as well) would even get an Oscar nomination, yet Gangster No. 1 is the equal of both films but still doesn't have the acclaim afforded the others - undeservedly so. Predominantly set in the late 60s, with period flavours strong, pic doesn't pull its punches, and yet it is never over gratuitous with the violence and mania (but you do feel it big time) that surrounds Gangster 55 (Bettany brilliantly feral and frightening). It's with the characterisations where McGuigan's film gets its strength, we witness greed, blood lust and the yearning of power via chilling portrayals, set to the back drop of a scuzzy London underworld where even the vermin don't dare to dwell. This is a film not wanting to be loved thematically, but the top performances across the board and pic's ability to grab you by the throat - to not let go - makes it a rip-snorting slice of evil. Essential for those interested in the British gangster film revival of the noughties. 8/10

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