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Naked

Still of David Thewlis in Naked

Plot

Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend…

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 7.9/10 (12,120 voted)

Director:
Mike Leigh

Stars: David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge

Storyline
Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own.

Cast:

David Thewlis

Johnny


Lesley Sharp

Louise Clancy


Katrin Cartlidge

Sophie


Greg Cruttwell

Jeremy G. Smart


Claire Skinner

Sandra


Peter Wight

Brian


Ewen Bremner

Archie


Susan Vidler

Maggie


Deborah MacLaren

Woman in Window


Gina McKee

Cafe Girl


Carolina Giammetta

Masseuse


Elizabeth Berrington

Giselle


Darren Tunstall

Poster Man


Robert Putt

Chauffeur


Lynda Rooke

Victim

Release Date: February 1994

Filming Locations: London, England, UK

Gross: $1,769,305
(USA)



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Did You Know?

Trivia:

The script was largely created by improvisation during 11 weeks of rehearsal before shooting. The script was only 25 pages long.

Quotes:

Johnny:
I know it's a bit cheeky but, er, I'm a cheeky young monkey!



User Review

One of the best films of the Nineties

Rating:

Having a bad day? Then check out Mike Leigh's masterpiece; the tale of
Johnny, a mid twenties Mancunian drifter who heads down to London (having
nicked a car) and tracks down an old girlfriend.
He seduces Sophie (the excellent Katrin Cartlidge), unleashes a display of
venom on his old lover, Louise (Lesley Sharp) and staggers off into the
night when both women become too much for him to bear.
His odyssey takes him to a world of the homeless, including an illiterate
Scot (Trainspotting's Ewen Bremner) and his long suffering girlfriend
(Susan
Vidler) and a lonely nightwatchman (Peter Wight) guarding empty
space.
It's during this lengthy scene that David Thewlis proves to be one of the
most versatile actors of his generation, delivering a speech of bleak
complexity and pre-millennial doom that leaves most viewers
reeling.
Juxtaposed with Johnny is Louise's rapist Yuppie landlord (Greg Cruttwell),
perhaps the weakest character in the movie. He's rich, crass and brutal,
but
also appears to be a sneering cartoon character, overshadowed by Johnny's
hard edged intellect.
Naked is the flip side of Leigh's previous movie, Life is Sweet. A bitter
tale of loneliness, depression and Thatcher's wasted youth that seemed to
be
forgotten by most home grown film-makers in the mad rush to emulate Wall
Street.
Had a bad day? Then this is the equivalent of the Blues for the eyes and
food for thought.
Cheers Mr Leigh.