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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Charlie Creed-Miles
Andy Serkis
Jason Flemyng
Jaime Winstone
Olivia Williams
Will Poulter
Liz White
Sammy Williams
Directors
Dexter Fletcher
Screenwriters
Dexter Fletcher
Danny King
Running Time
98 minutes

Wild Bill
High Plains Geezer


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Plot
Bill Hayward (Creed-Miles), just out of prison, finds his young sons Dean (Poulter) and Jimmy (Williams) abandoned by their mother. To avoid being taken into care, Dean insists Bill stay in the family’s East London flat. He resists going back to crime, but Jimmy is mixed up with his old associates.


Verdict
Yes, it’s another East End gangster movie/dysfunctional family saga, but it’s also a fresh, engaging debut feature, with an underlying suspense as we wait for the wild man to revert to pool-cue-wielding form and a streak of sweet, funny sentiment always in danger of being bottled by some nutcase.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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