Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: September 5, 2003
DVD: February 10, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 3.57
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Cast: Rhys Ifans, Shirley Henderson, Finn Atkins, Antony Strachan, Kathy Burke, Robert Carlyle, Vanessa Feltz, Ricky Tomlinson, Andrew Shim, Ryan Bruce, Eliot Otis, Brown Walters, David McKay, James Cosmo, Justin Brady, Tony Nyland

Synopsis

Dek (Ifans) and Shirley (Henderson) live together with 12-year-old Marlene (Atkins), her daughter by the sexy, delinquent Jimmy (Strachan) who disappeared years ago and hasn't been heard from since. Decent-but-dull Dek loves Shirley, so much so that he humiliates her by proposing without warning on national television.

Like every other person Shirley has ever met, Jimmy witnesses Dek’s TV proposal and he returns to town, convinced that his nerdy rival doesn't stand a chance against a renewed romantic assault from the great love of her life.

While Shirley seems destined to succumb to Jimmy's charms, he hasn't reckoned on the formidable resistance from their daughter Marlene, his sister Carol (Burke), her estranged husband Charlie (Tomlinson), their sons Emerson and Lake, Carol's daughter Donna, and her boyfriend Donut.

Nor could he anticipate a heroic, last-minute challenge from the mild-mannered, lovesick Dek.

Director: Shane Meadows
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Andrea Calderwood
Screenplay: Paul Fraser, Shane Meadows
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/onceupon/

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