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St George's Day

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  St George's Day Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
 
Average Rating
3.80 /10
 
Starring
Frank Harper , Craig Fairbrass , Charles Dance
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Directed by: Frank Harper
Written by: Frank Harper, Urs Buehler

 
 
 
Released: 2012
   
Genre: CRIME
THRILLER
   
Origin: UK
   
Length: 106
 
 


 
A brutal British gangster killfest.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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There’s plenty of vacuous, macho strutting in the British-made St George’s Day, which epitomises all that’s been most moronic about East End gangster films since The Long Good Friday.

It celebrates a couple of nasty, right-wing, racist murdering cousins (Craig Fairbrass, pictured second right), and Frank Harper, second left) because they’re proud to be British, and stand in a fine East End tradition. “They make Reggie and Ronnie Kray look like the Everly Brothers,” says slumming guest-star Charles Dance, admiringly.

Presumably we’re expected to cheer on these diamond geezers as they slaughter any Albanians and Russians who dare to intrude on their territory, and embark on a trip to Germany with an army of football hooligans bent on refighting World War II.

It’s hard to know what is the most depressing aspect: the attitude to women (the visit to a lap-dancing club is astonishingly neanderthal); the pathetic dialogue, which consists almost entirely of effing and blinding; the charmless posturing by Fairbrass and the film’s co-writer-director Harper; the blissful unawareness that the screenplay is just one cliche placed after another.


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