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R| 1 hr. 46 min.

Plot Summary
While Liam (Martin Compston) waits for his mother to be released from prison, he aggressively resists the demands of his stepfather and grandfather that he use his mother as a drug mule. Liam dreams of a better life for her, and decides that when she gets out of jail he will take her far away from their family and their former life. However, this plan requires money, so Liam gets it the only way he knows how -- by stealing his stepfather's drugs and selling them on the street.

Cast: Martin Compston , William Ruane , Annmarie Fulton , Michelle Abercromby , Michelle Coulter , Gary McCormack , Tommy McKee ,

Director: Ken Loach

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Sweet Sixteen (2002)

Release Date: May 16th, 2003|1 hr. 46 min.

critic reviews (10)
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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Martin Compston, the young man-child of Sweet Sixteen, had never acted before, but his combination of sweetness and rage -- part puppy, part pit bull -- gives Sweet Sixteen a shot of reality and a big, aching heart. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The explosively combative young hero, Liam (a brilliant performance by Martin Compston), has only the illusion of a fighting chance. Yet Sweet Sixteen is powerful because of the searing honesty with which it strips Liam of his illusions. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's a beautiful, grim tale. show more

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