Synopsis: Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min



You're up.


You're gonna be late for work, Dana.

Cornflakes or Rice Krispies?

It's all right. I'll get my own.

Confirmed bachelor, aren't you?

A fella last night in the club...

...said that my voice

was wasted on cabaret material.

Oh, yeah?

Shall I come over tonight?

I'll call you at the club about 2.

Half past.

- Two?

- Two, or half past.

Morning, Rose.

It's 8:
00 in the evening, right?

The kiddies are still viewing, ain't they?

You bastard foreign female.

I mean, there's claret

all over the screen.

- Jesus got half his ear hanging off.

- Disgusting.

I mean, how are the kids

gonna grow up?

- It's not right.

- Definitely not.

- Where to, Chas?

- The minicab depot.

Put your tie on.

Gentlemen of the jury...

...I would solemnly suggest to you

that what are really on trial here today...

...are the ethics of a community.

Our national economy,

even our national survival...

...devolves upon the consolidation,

by merger...

...of the smaller and weaker

economic units...

...with the larger and lustier pillars

of our commercial context.

What did I tell you? What did I tell you?

Look at this pigsty.

Correspondence not answered.

- Aren't you with us?

- Hey...

Hello? Hello?

I want that pig, Pooley.

- Are you Pooley?

- Yes, I am.

You're a disgrace,

an incompetent disgrace.

- You're not fit to run a...

- Business is business...

...and progress is progress.

- Where's your brother?

- At the pictures.

- Answer yes or no.

- It's around the office.

- Stretch your mind.

- Filth and disorder.

You need help. Help and protection.

Well, we offered it, my governor, personally.

You had an appointment.

He waited 15 minutes.

- You slag, 15 minutes.

- He checked the letter.

You call this a service to the public?

Look at this equipment.

Not maintained, is it?

You're a technician, Mr. Wilson.

Makes you weep, eh?

Yeah, makes me weep.

- No, don't.

- It's obsolete.

It is alleged by the prosecution...

...that the dividend of 15 percent...

...which was declared

on the non-voting B shares...

...was indeed fraudulently designed...

...solely to expedite

this admittedly bold...

...but in no way unethical, merger.

I say, merger, gentlemen, not takeover.

Words still have meanings...

...even in our days of the computer.

The question is:

Was my client a party to that fraud?

Innuendo is a method I despise.

Therefore, I say bluntly...

...that already, you have heard sufficient

to point to the responsibility...

...and guilt of another party.

A guilty man, gentlemen...

... whose identity I shall not shrink

from establishing...

... in the course of my presentation

of the case for the defense.

Hello, Chas.

You be there tomorrow

at Number 11 Monk Street.

Five thirty on the dot.

Do you understand?

Well, son,

how was the clientele tonight?

Spot on, Harry, no aggravation.

What about this lawyer geezer?

Did you see him?

That man, I submit, should be standing...

...where my unfortunate client

now stands.

- I can rely on that, eh?

- It'll be straightened out in the morning.

He's a nutcase. Like all artists.

But I can rely on him.

- I know my...

- Business is business.

And progress is progress.

In the fluid state of business ethics,

pertaining today...

...we must protect the inalienable right

of the smaller businessman... be conjoined in commercial union...

You want to turn off the electricity

and cut the gas...

You're worth it. Come on, Greasy.

- Don't you understand?

- Eighty-five pounds.

I've got the new furnace coming in.

I already had to pay it.

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Donald Cammell

Donald Seton Cammell (17 January 1934 – 24 April 1996) was a Scottish painter, screenwriter, and film director. He has a cult reputation largely due to his debut film Performance, which he wrote the screenplay for and co-directed with Nicolas Roeg. more…

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