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Ex-con Gary "Gal" Dove has served his time behind bars and is blissfully retired to a Spanish villa paradise with a wife he adores. The idyll is shattered by the arrival of his nemesis Don Logan, intent on persuading Gal to return to London for one last big job. Desperate not to sacrifice his enchanted existence, Dove is drawn into a shocking and explosive battle of wills with Logan.
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Noisy sex and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some dark comedy.
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Review Excellent "Sexy Beast keeps shooting off onto tangents, and
we're seized by each one of them. The film 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.
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Very Good "Although the chief pleasure of watching Sexy Beast
lies in absorbing the performances of Winstone and (especially) Kingsley, Glazer
displays a lively visual style that offers moments of surprise and
gratification. Sexy Beast runs the gamut from relentless to playful.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Good "A color-saturated jolt of pure vicious energy, this darkly
comic UK crime thriller has far more style than substance — but what style!
Forget the story, a tired rehash of "one last job" clichés:
The main event is the Mamet-esque battle of foul words between vintage hard-case
Ray Winstone and the seething sociopath played by Ben Kingsley.''
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Gary "Gal" Dove (Ray Winstone) is an ex-con who has served his time and is enjoying a blissful retirement on Spain's Costa del Sol, with his adored wife Deedee (Amanda Redman). His days are spent contentedly sunning himself beside his swimming pool - beer in hand - watching his Spanish house boy, Enrique, sweep away the dust and cares of the day.
Deedee, a former porn star, fills her days by shopping for designer clothes with her friend Jackie (Julianne White) who lives with Gal's pal Aitch
One day while relaxing poolside, Gal's reverie is interrupted by a huge boulder that comes crashing down from the hill above the villa only to wind up in the middle of the pool, drenching him and cracking the pool tiles in the process. As Deedee arrives home. Gal is instructing Enrique on having the boulder removed.
However, the wayward boulder is but the first of two unexpected - and unwelcome - interruptions in Gal's quiet existence. Enter Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) Gal's gangster nemesis from his days on the other side of the law. Don has his sights set on enlisting the services of Gal to join an elite team of criminals to perpetrate the ultimate bank heist. Masterminded by arch-villain Teddy Bass, the job, Don assures Gal, is foolproof. Throughout a conversation that moves from cajoling to bullying to threatening, Gal remains unwilling to sacrifice the
tranquility of his retirement. Finally, Don's exhortations cross the line when he begins to malign Deedee for her sordid past. Gal angrily accuses him of using the job as an excuse to see Jackie, for whom Don has admitted he carries a torch. The heated exchange ends with Don's hurried exit to a taxi bound for the airport.
Although Don at first appears resigned to Gal's refusal to join the unholy alliance, his frustration is simmering and about to boil over.