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R| 1 hr. 43 min.

Plot Summary
Jimmy (Robert Carlyle) is a small-time crook living in Glasgow, Scotland, long since absent from the lives of his ex-wife, Shirley (Shirley Henderson), and 12-year-old daughter, Marlene (Finn Atkins), who live in England's Midlands. One day, Jimmy happens to catch Shirley and Marlene on a TV talk show, where Shirley has rejected the proposal of her boyfriend, Dek (Rhys Ifans). Taking this as a sign, Jimmy up and leaves for the Midlands to win Shirley back.

Cast: Robert Carlyle , Rhys Ifans , Kathy Burke , Shirley Henderson , Ricky Tomlinson , Finn Atkins , Kelly Thresher , Andrew Shim

Director: Shane Meadows

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002)

Release Date: August 29th, 2003|1 hr. 43 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Charming family story. show more

  • 38
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    After 45 minutes of incomparable boredom, the movie gets slightly better when it stops reaching for cheap yuks and lets the actors do what they do well. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It evokes the atmosphere of a Sergio Leone Western, sneaking up under the movie's human comedy and adding a smile. show more

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