Director John Irvin
Initial DVD release August 20, 2002 (USA)
Country United Kingdom
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Music director Paul Grabowsky
|Writer Scott Cherry (screenplay)|
Release date 2000
Cast Michael Caine (Billy 'Shiner' Simpson), Martin Landau (Frank Spedding), Andy Serkis (Mel), Claire Rushbrook (Ruth), Danny Webb (Karl), Matthew Marsden (Eddie 'Golden Boy' Simpson)
Similar movies Related John Irvin movies
The story centers on Billy "Shiner" Simpson (Caine) a boxing promoter banned from legitimate fights until he finds a promising start in his son Eddie. The night of the fight sees Eddie killed, and Simpson suspects rival Frank Spedding (Landau). Billy seeks revenge, only to grow mad as his suspicions draw closer to home.
Jane Crowther of the BBC said, "A Lear-like construction serves well to show the gradual unraveling of a ruthlessly ambitious man trading on familial loyalty and past glory."
The score by Paul Grabowsky effectively creates a disturbing and sinister mood.
ReferencesShiner (2000 film) Wikipedia
Shiner (2000 film) IMDb Shiner (2000 film) themoviedb.org