British Broadcasting Corporation/Distant Horizons Ltd 1997
Daigoro Face Productions Ltd
|Ray Winstone as 'Dave' in "Face", worried about the man his daughter is seeing.|
'Dave' (Ray Winstone) knows the end is near as he talks with 'Ray' (Robert Carlyle)
|A moment of realisation, that he has messed everything up, before 'Ray' (Robert Carlyle) finishes him off...|
Written by Ronan Bennett
Directed by Antonia Bird
Produced by David M Thompson & Elinor Day
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Troubles begin for professional thief Ray and his associates when a carefully planned £2 million heist nets only a fraction of the intended sum. But worse is to come when it becomes apparent that the gang has a traitor in its midst.
(from Radio Times billing Monday 5 April 1999)
Face is a thriller of good ideas which never quite succeeds in delivering the punch it should. It is a movie about betrayal, paranoia, loyalty, the morality of old-style and new-style criminals (faces). It involves some shocking moments, both physically and emotionally. And despite fine performances from all the cast it ends up feeling like a routine crime thriller.
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