Down Terrace

Synopsis: After serving jail time for a mysterious crime, Bill and Karl get out of jail and become preoccupied with figuring out who turned them in to the police. On top of that, the "family business" is on the rocks, and the motley crew of criminals who operate out of Down Terrace aren't feeling terribly trusting of one another. It might look like an ordinary house, but at Down Terrace, the walls are closing in...
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ben Wheatley
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

Oh, don't you remember

A long time ago?

Those two little babies

Their names I don't know

They strayed away

One bright summer's day

Those two little babies

Got lost on their way

Pretty babes in the wood

Pretty babes in the wood.

Well, that's that then.

Let's get a cab.

I can't face the walk.

...situated on

the outskirts of the city

on the first day

of a week long series

of special reports from Iraq

to mark the fifth anniversary

of the Allied invasion.

Five years on we've commissioned

the most comprehensive survey

of the Iraqi people

ever undertaken,

and it seems

like the nation

is deeply pessimistic

about the future.

The people are concerned

over the continued rise in violence

and about the remaining

deep divides

in their society.

Garvey's here.

Hey, big Bill!

Can't keep a good man down,

can they?

- Nice to see you, mate.

- Yeah, you too.

Karl, make us some tea,

will you?

I've gotta get out

of this monkey suit.

Eh, full acquittal

though, yeah?

- Get in! Come here.

- Thanks, man.

I knew it was bollocks. They'd never

make that stick, would they?

It's a f***ing waste

of the taxpayers' money.

Tell you what, it should be legalized

anyway, shouldn't it?

- Yeah. Anyway, do you want some tea?

- Yeah.

Maggie, would you make

Garvey some tea, please?


( sighs )

Jesus Christ, it's like

a f***ing noose!

Undo the knot.

Come here.

- You're just tightening it.

- F***ing get it off me, man!

Calm down.

Just let us have a look.

How long has

he been here, Maggie?

- He's had a sandwich.

- The disgusting fat locust.

He's not fat.

He's got big bones, Bill.

Well, he's peasant stock,

isn't he?

Now, you know, it's all beer

and armchairs and TVs,

and they're just a load of slobs.

It sickens me.

His dad was a moron

as well.

Good to see

a friendly face.

I thought I'd pop in,

make sure you're all right.

Tough four months

for you boys, I'd imagine.

I just thought I'd come

and put your mind at rest.


running smoothly.

I knew it was

all in safe hands.

Well, I'll pop

to the little boys' room.

Hey, you've put on

a bit of weight there, Garv.

- I don't think so.

- I think you're getting a little bit heavier.

Yeah, I can see it on the sides--

like handles.

Right, thanks.

- ( door opens, closes )

- Maggie:
Hello, Eric.


- Boys.

- Karl:

They gave you cake

for the way out, did they?

Oh, yeah.

- Bill:
All right, Eric?

- Yeah, I'm all right. You?

- Yeah, not too bad now.

- Looks like a slab of concrete.


Yeah. Ah, it's all right.

A little bit stale. Taste's a bit

like petrol, but it's okay.

Looks like a dog's crapped on it.

Look at it.


I quite liked it.

- I thought it was all right.

- Oh, it's all right.

If you swill it down

with enough tea,

it'll be getting there,

you know.

Well, don't break

your teeth on it.

Where'd you get it?

I got it from the shop

at the end of the road.

- Those Pakis are thieves, man.

- You shouldn't say that--

Pakis-- anymore,

should you?

- What's someone from Afghanistan?

- Uh, Afghani.

- There you go.

- Yeah, that's true.

- Brain of Britain.

- Karl:

This needs

painting over, Maggie.

Yeah, everything's

a mess here.

We can't be too conspicuous.

That's the golden rule.

I wouldn't want a new house.

They've always got problems.

You can't trust builders.

This situation needs sorting out,

tidying up.

Yeah. Like someone

close in, obviously.


Well, it's an informant

culture, isn't it?

- Listen, about that money...

- Don't worry about that now.

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Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley (born 1972) is an English director of feature films, TV comedy shows, adverts and idents, animated shorts and internet ads. more…

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