Terence Stamp is Willie, a gangster’s henchman turned “supergrass” (informer) trying to live in peaceful hiding in a Spanish village. Sun-dappled bliss turns to nerve-racking suspense, however, when two hit men—played by John Hurt and Tim Roth—come a-calling to bring Willie back for execution.
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Reflection on death, desire, duty to finish the job. ++ Réflexion sur la mort, le désir, le devoir de finir le job. Music score Paco de LUCIA, introduction Eric CLAPTON. Death don't be so proud
Though some have called you mighty and dreadful
Cause you are not so
For those, whom you think you will overthrow
Die not, poor Death
Nor yet can't you kill me ++
Ceux que tu crois abattre
Ne meurent jamais pauvre Mort ...
Antagonizing conceptions of life and death among criminals. An stylish and multi-layered examination of that moment of truth, of coming to terms with the vague but terrifying notion of parting this world. Fantastic performances by the leading triad. Probably Frears' best and most underrated cinematic venture.
I enjoyed the film - especially the performances of Hurt, Stamp, Roth and del Sol all around - but I'm rather disappointed with the ending which, as well staged and elaborated as it is, feels thumbtacked upon the flow of the story (felt like something else should've happened rather than a violent breakdown). That and the appearances of Eric Clapton and Fernando Rey are all too fleeting to be fully appreciated.