Gangster No. 1

Synopsis: A middle-aged crime boss smugly reflects back from 1999, narrating the brutality which made him triumphant - and feared. As an unnamed young hood in Swinging 60's London, he aped his mod boss Freddie Mays, and seemed to do anything for him. But his narration exposes all-consuming envy: of Freddie's supremacy, and especially his tall bird. The baby shark develops his viciousness and backstabbing, scheming to be Gangster No. 1.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Paul McGuigan
Production: IFC Films
  1 win & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

No ambition. Not like Freddie.

Not like me.


Shut up a minute!

Turn that fucking music off!


Turn it off!

Turn the music up, Eddie!

- Turn the music on.

- Turn the bloody music...



- Get in the car.

- What?

The club's on fire.

- Club's on fire?

- See you later, love.

Come on, Derek.

Let's get a move on, Derek.

Come on.

All right, all right.

- How long you been here?

- Just pulled up.

- Did you see anyone?

- No.

No one on the door?

It was supposed to be Joe.

I don't know where he is.

- Everyone get out?

- Yeah, I think so.

Tell him.

I'm really sorry, Freddie.

What's he gonna do, take it

out of your wages? Tell him.

There were two of them.

Table six.

Ordered champagne.

Didn't eat nothing.

Couple of minutes after they left:


- Lennie Taylor.

- Regulars, were they?

All right, it was an oversight.

She's paid for it.

All right, angel,

try and describe them.

What's he up to?

Lennie Taylor's goons.

Torching our club?

Lennie Taylor, you cunt.

Think you're better than Freddie Mays?


you little piece of dead meat.

Pea-brained little f*ck!

What did I say?

What did I fucking say?

Right out in the open!

What did I tell you?

What do you do?

What do you go and do?

- He was one of them.

- You shut your fucking mouth!

What was I supposed to do?

He started the fire.

He fucking shot at me.


Being flash and a coon...

...Roland had to be different.

Goes in with the shaft,

bends the fucking thing.

I tell a lie,

breaks the fucking thing.


Mad John's doing his feet

with meticulous attention to detail.

Billy's doing his ribs.

Stone Age xylophone.

He'll be all right.

All right?

The cunt's in traction

for the next nine months.

Might need a wheelchair!

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