Best Laid Plans

Synopsis: David Blair directs this powerful British Drama, loosely inspired by John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men'. Set in Nottingham, the film revolves around the relationship between the thuggish Danny (Stephen Graham) and Joseph (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a giant of a man with a mental age of seven. When Danny finds himself in debt to a local crime boss, he feels he is left with no choice but to manipulate Joseph into participating in a series of underground cage fights from which Danny can pay his debts. However, as the fights become harder and Danny and Joesph fall for two beautiful women, Danny starts to question his own motives. Ultimately, this is a story of love and friendship and how far you would go for a friend.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): David Blair
Production: Well Go USA
  2 wins.
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108 min

(Man) Wait! Joseph!


(Talking indistinctly)


Now! Now! Go! Go!

Come on.

(We'll Live and Die in These Towns playing)

(Danny, laughing) Come on.

Come on, hurry up.

Come on, hurry up. Hurry up.

Come on, come on, come on.

Can't you go any faster?

Come on.

Right, let's get this sold

and I'll get you something to eat.

All right? A nice big bacon sandwich.

- (Joseph) Bacon?

- Come on, hurry up.

Come on, I'll get you something to eat.

Come on. Come on, keep moving.

Come on.

Mobile laundry, Danny?

I don't think that'll catch

on around here, son.

Curtis, I was just coming to see you.

- Were you?

- Yeah, I've got some money for you.

(Curtis) Back! Back! Go! Go!

# We'll live and die in these towns

# Don't let it drag you down,

don't let it drag you down now

# Dirty dishes from a TV meal


# Through a smashed up window

# You can't go out

if anybody calls ya

# You can't have a bath

when there's no hot water

# And your friends are

out on the town again

# And you ask yourself

if it will ever end


# And it's all too much

for your head to take

# Just a matter of time

before you break, well

# We'll live and die,

we'll live and die in these towns

# Don't let it drag you down,

don't let it drag you down now

Get the little bastard!


# We live and die in these towns

# Don't let it drag you down,

don't let it drag you down now

# Now

# Now


# We'll live and die,

we'll live and die in these towns

# Don't let it drag you down,

don't let it drag you down now

# We'll live and die,

we'll live and die in these towns

# Don't let it drag you down,

don't let it drag you down now #


Like the little rat you are.

Let me make this real simple for you.

Ten grand or my gear back.

I haven't got it.

- The money or the gear?

- None of it.

I got ripped off by two scousers!

- (Curtis) How predictable, Danny.

- (Danny) It's all right.

I went to school with one of his sisters,

I know where he lives.

- You can get it back.

- I can get it back?

I'm ten grand down, and you expect me

to go to war with some fucker

to get back what's already mine?

Marco, strangle him.

Oh, come on, Curtis, I'll get it back!

I just need a couple of days. Fuckin' hell!

Do you know how many washing machines

you're gonna have to nick

in order to pay me back?

Slash him.

Oh, come on, that's a bit strong, innit?

Please. Come on, Curtis. Please!

(Joseph) No!

(Marco) F*ck me!



Joseph, come here.


- It's OK.

- (Man groaning)

I like you, Joe.

- Joseph!

- (Shushing)

Where were we?

Oh, yeah. I was about to give you

a second chance, wasn't I?

(Danny) Come on, you're strong.

You can do it.

(Joseph) No.

- Well, you'll have to, Joseph.

- Don't want to.

Curtis will hurt me.

Won't let him.

What? Bullet proof now, are we?

Camper van.

Yeah. Yeah, I'll get you the camper van

if you do this for me.

Always say that.

No, I promise you this time. I promise you.

Always say that.

(Mobile phone ringing)

Well, that'll be him now.


All right, Deano lad.


Yeah, yeah. I can meet you.

All right.

All right, see you then. Tarra.

- Bite!

- Go on then, bring it in.

Come on.

- (Laughs)

- Yeah, all right. Hey!

(Danny) He won't do it.

Won't do it?

I've begged him. I've tried. Honest.

(Drawer opening)

Bloody hell, Curtis.

Is there any need for that?


Two grown men.

Living in the same house.

Always together.


Are you lovers?

I look after him, that's all.

No more.

That's a shame.

You make a lovely couple.

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