Synopsis: Despite having a drunken, abusive father and a brother who leads a local gang John McGill is a studious boy for whom a bright educational future seems to beckon. However his studiousness isolates him and when he is invited to join the gang it gives him a sense of belonging. However he becomes increasingly more violet, stabbing a boy in the neck, for which his brother is blamed and jailed, and dropping a breeze block on a rival gang leader, causing him permanent brain damage. John is temporarily thrown out of his home by his mother and suspended from school though when he is readmitted he is placed in the remedial class. John now has no interest in education but in being the top boy amongst the NEDS or non-educated delinquents. He is invincible, and even the lions at the local safari park let him pass without attacking him.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Peter Mullan
Production: Tribeca Films
  7 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min


'Second, Primary 6.

Holly Martin.'

'First, Primary 6, Sean Cairns.'

'Primary 7. Second, John McGill.'

So proud of you, son!

And first place, Primary 7,

Rebecca Bailey.

Oh, Headmaster? Could we have

a photo with you, please?

- Oh, thanks a lot.

- Thank you.

All right, everyone look at me.

And everyone say, "To success."

To success!

That your book, aye?

Is it, aye?

Is that cos you're a clever c*nt?

Or you think you're a f***ing clever c*nt.

- Where are you from?

- Carden.

F***ing poofs.

I hate every one of them.

Going to big school after the summer?

That's my f***ing school...

- Good luck, McGill.

- Are you f***ing listening to me?

Do you know who I am?

Do you know, no?

I'm Canta from Hardridge and I like

battering swotty c*nts like you!

When you're in my school,

you'll get your c*nt kicked in.

Every single day. First day,

I'm gonna break your legs.

F***ing demolish you.

Rip your head off.

I swear to God you're dead, wee man.

First day, you're f***ing dead!

Your mum was saying

you wanna be a journalist.

We have the best journalists

in America.

They're not afraid to investigate

anything to get to the truth.

And they love the Scots.

They love us cos we tell it like it is.

And we don't bow down to anybody.

Your dreams are gonna come true,

you know.

Anything you want.

Just work hard.

- The body of Christ.

- Amen.

- The body of Christ.

- Amen.

- The body of Christ.

- Amen.

- The body of Christ.

- Amen.

- The body of Christ.

- Amen.

'For months now,

I've been living on a desert island.

'And my solitude, far from diminishing,

grows from day to day...'

What have you got this fire on for,


I can't be doing with this.

You know we can't afford that.

And why have you got

the curtains closed, eh?

What are you doing

sitting here in the dark?

- Excuse me.

- What is it, pal?

- Do you know Benny McGill'?

- Benny McGill'?

Come here a minute, pal.

Come here.

Stand there.

- Who are you?

- I'm his wee brother.

Are you?

- No, you're not.

- I am.

Benny McGill's wee brother

is a smart wee c*nt.

How do you no know

I'm not on my way

to go stab f*** out of him right now?

And how do you know

I wouldn't take it out on you?

See that there?

That's a f***ing blade.

Know what that's used for? For gutting

daft wee boys like you, you wee c*nt!

Luckily for you, I'm a good guy.

Me and Benny are good pals.

I'm Fergie, all right?

You're all right with me, wee man.

Don't f***ing start greeting on me.

Come here.

You want to go find your brother?

- Yeah.

- He's f***ing hanging down about there.

We'll go look for him.

Never seen a bread knife before.

What you like, you wee c*nt?

Hurry up, wee man.

Any of youse two seen Benny?

You just missed him.

He's in town with Minty.

- Sorry, you've missed him.

- Can I leave a message for him?

Tell there's a boy gonna do me in

the day I go back to school.

- What's his name?

- Canta.

Canta? Youse two heard

of a c*nt called Canta?

No, never heard of him.

He's trying to wind you up.

Don't take any f***ing notice of him.

Can you tell Benny, please?

Wee man, I've been smoking dope

since age of 11.

How the f*** am I gonna

remember that?

- Have you not got a pen?

- Do I look like a c*nt with a f***ing pen?

- Any of youse two got a pen?

- I've got an eyeliner pencil.

- Gonna give us it, then?

- F*** off, that cost a fortune.

F***'s sake!

F***ing knife is mightier than the pen.

All right. With a 'K' or a 'C'?

Er...don't know.

F*** it, we'll do it with a 'K'.

That's got straight lines in it.

Here we go.

- 'A',

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Peter Mullan

Peter Mullan (; born 2 November 1959) is a Scottish actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his role in Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe (1998), for which he won Best Actor Award at 1998 Cannes Film Festival and The Claim (2000). He is also winner of the World Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performances at 2011 Sundance Film Festival for his work on Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur (2011). Mullan appeared as supporting or guest actor in numerous cult movies, including Riff-Raff (1991), Braveheart (1995), Trainspotting (1996), Young Adam (2003), Children of Men (2006), War Horse (2011) and the Harry Potter film series (2010–11). Mullan is an acclaimed art house movie director. He won a Golden Lion at 59th Venice International Film Festival for The Magdalene Sisters, listed by many critics among the best films of 2003 and nominated for BAFTA Award for Best British Film and European Film Award for best film, and a Golden Shell at San Sebastián International Film Festival for Neds. He is the only person to win top prizes both for acting (Cannes best actor award) and for the best film (Golden lion for The Magdalene Sisters) at major European film festivals. In television, Mullan appeared in Gerard Lee's and Jane Campion's acclaimed miniseries Top of the Lake as one of the main characters, head of the Mitcham family and father of Tui Mitcham, whose disappearance is the main topic of the series. He was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for his work in the series. He played a lead role in the 2008 ITV series The Fixer. In 2017, he appeared in the Netflix series Ozark opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. Since 2016, Mullan has starred in the BBC Two sitcom Mum. In 2018, he stars in the second season of HBO's Westworld. Mullan is also politically active, supporting left-wing causes and protests. more…

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