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Sexy Beast

2000 Crime Drama

Gary (Ray Winstone) is a former gangster who has made a modest amount of money from his criminal career. Happy to put his life of crime behind him, he has retired with his wife Deedee (Amanda Redman) to the sunny bliss of rural Spain, where he lives an idyllic life with his family and a few close friends. But Gary's contentment is ruptured by an unwelcome visitor from his past -- Don (Ben Kingsley), a former associate who has been hired to assemble a team of criminals to rob a heavily guarded bank. Don wants Gary in on the job, and is less than pleased by Gary's unwillingness to volunteer his services. What ensues is a battle of wills between the two men, with Don intimidating, prodding, and manipulating his onetime friend to get what he wants, forever changing the lives of those around him in the process.

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman, Cavan Kendall

Reviews

  • Carries so much impacted menace and visual narrative gamesmanship that it brought back some of the excitement I felt nearly a decade ago watching Quentin Tarantino's ''Reservoir Dogs.''

    Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly

    27 April 2013

  • A vicious horror flick with an actual beast and someone who just acts like one.

    Wesley Morris - The San Francisco Chronicle

    27 April 2013

  • Kingsley creates an unforgettable monster. Acting rarely gets this hypnotically explosive.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    27 April 2013

  • These are hard men. They could have the "Sopranos" for dinner, throw up and have them again.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    27 April 2013

  • A noir masterpiece with Oscar-caliber performances, Sexy Beast slowly turns up the heat until we squirm.

    Robert K. Elder - The Chicago Tribune

    27 April 2013

Awards

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role

    Academy Awards (2002)

     
  • Jeremy Thomas

    BAFTA Awards (2001)

     
  • Bogey Awards, Germany (2002)

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2001)

  • Best Actor

    British Independent Film Awards (2001)