Sexy Beast

January 12th, 2001


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Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.1/10 (25,173 voted)

Critic's Score: 79/100

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane

Gal, Deedee, Aitch and Jackie, having left behind respective lives of ill-repute, bask in the sun of Spain and in the most essential brand of leisure. A hazy yarn of barbecues, beer and botched hunting expeditions make up their retirements, until a sudden and unforeseen disruption emerges from their past. Enter the childishly violent and hilariously edgy Don Logan. Through a series of side-splitting negotiations and irrevocable acts, retired crook Gal is forced to shake off the rust and accept one last mission, put forth by the menacing Logan, his ex-mentor. A heist of legendary proportion and personal implications, this job should make for one hell of an encore.

Writers: Louis Mellis, David Scinto

Ray Winstone - Gary 'Gal' Dove
Ben Kingsley - Don Logan
Ian McShane - Teddy Bass
Amanda Redman - Deedee Dove
James Fox - Harry
Cavan Kendall - Aitch
Julianne White - Jackie
Álvaro Monje - Enrique
Robert Atiko - Andy
Nieves del Amo Oruet - Air Hostess
Enrique Alemán Fabrega - Pilot
Gérard Barray - Spanish Official (as Gerard Barray)
José Maria Cano Ramos - Felipe's Friend 1 (as José Ma. Cano Ramos)
Desirée Erasmus - Jean
Santiago Frias Munoz - Policia 2

Taglines: There's a bit of the beast in all of us.

Release Date: 12 January 2001

Filming Locations: Action Under Water Studios, Hertford Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Opening Weekend: £96,162 (UK) (14 January 2001) (27 Screens)

Gross: $10,045,677 (Worldwide) (2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The word 'cunt' is used 21 times in this film.

Continuity: In the scene before Teddy and Gal go to visit the bank manager, Teddy is driving a 1990-1994 Silver Porsche 911 (964 model). When it shows them going to the airport it is a 1995-98 model (993 model number).

[first lines]
Gal: [Gal is sunbathing by poolside] Oh, yeah. Bloody hell. I'm sweating in here. Roasting. Boiling. Baking. Sweltering. It's like a sauna. Furnace. You can fry an egg on my stomach. Ohh, who wouldn't lap this up? It's ridiculous. Tremendous. Fantastic. Fan-dabby-dozy-tastic.

User Review

Kingsley is Dynamite

Rating: 9/10

Ben Kingsley's portrayal of gangster Don Logan is destined to go down as one of the most memorable mobsters in filmdom; up there with the best from Robinson, Bogart, Cagney, Raft, deNiro, Pacino et al. Kingsley's all that good and more. And the other actors, in their portrayals of fellow gangsters and their lovers, are also excellent. The story is simple. Gal (Ray Winstone) is a retired English gangster living a life of leisure at his Spanish villa. Then one day his idyll is shattered by a visit from Don Logan, an old protégé, and man to be feared. Logan's intent is to lure Gal out of retirement for 'one last job'. Gal wants nothing to do with it, and the first half of the movie is a battle of wits between the two men. The second half of the film deals with the heist and its aftermath. The crime is downplayed in the movie which is primarily a psychological exploration of these gangsters; their personal demons, and the relationships amongst themselves. They are indeed scary people, no sympathetic characters here.

This is one of the best movies of 2000, and is highly recommended. I don't understand how IMDb reviewers can rate this movie so low. In my book it definitely rates an "A".