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44 Inch Chest
Directed by Malcolm Venville
Produced by Richard Brown
Steve Golin
Written by Louis Mellis
David Scinto
Starring Ray Winstone
Ian McShane
John Hurt
Tom Wilkinson
Music by Angelo Badalamenti and Massive Attack
Cinematography Daniel Landin
Release date(s) 15 January, 2010 (UK)
Country UK
Language English
Budget $10M

44 Inch Chest is a British film starring Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and Ian McShane. The script was written by Louis Mellis and David Scinto, who wrote another British gangster drama Sexy Beast, and produced by Richard Brown and Steve Golin (Babel, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). It is the debut feature from British commercial director and photographer Malcolm Venville. The cinematography is by Daniel Landin. The score is a collaboration between Angelo Badalamenti and Massive Attack. The films is rated 18 by the BBFC for frequent very strong language, and bloody violence.



Colin Diamond (Winstone) is a successful Car Salesman, who after discovering his wife Liz is having an affair has an emotional breakdown. His friends convince him to kidnap his wife's lover and then encourage him to torture and kill him.

Diamond's partners in crime are suave homosexual gambler Meredith (McShane), crotchety and bigoted Old Man Peanut (Hurt), the down to earth Archie (Wilkinson) and the combustible Mal (Dillane), who by turns encourage Colin's lust for revenge and sympathise with his situation, and conspire to emotionally and mentally torture Liz's new man, Loverboy, first by locking him in a cupboard and threatening him, and then tying him up and subjecting him to humiliating verbal and physical assault.

Parts of the story occur in flashback, with Colin discovering Liz's infidelity and the after effects of it, which then affect the present, in which he tries to come to terms with the shame and torment that this brings to him. Parts of the story also appear to happen inside Colin's mind, with him trying to reconcile with himself, using his friends as representations of his own turmoil, and his resolving of the situation.



44 Inch Chest has received mixed to positive reviews. The Daily Telegraph gave the film 3/5 stars, calling the film "A plum actors' piece which both gains and loses points by soberly stalling its own plot." The News of The World gave the film 4/5. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian was less enthused, giving the film 2/5 saying "The film talks the talk - in fact, it talks and talks and talks the talk. But the walk isn't happening." 44 Inch Chest currently holds a rating of 6 on IMDB.


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