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Release Date: May 16th, 2003

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2003

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

Production Co: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Tornasol Films S.A., Road Movies Filmproduktion [de], Alta Films Productions

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Prison, 2000s, Mother, Emotional, Tense, Fall, House, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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.

  • Loach is a super-realist, and Sweet Sixteen has the disarming feel of a documentary. It's a film that miraculously catches life on the fly, without apparent embellishment, cliche or melodrama. show more

  • It's a beautiful, grim tale. show more

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