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- DescriptionDirector Ken Loach's concern for the plight of the working man takes a comic turn in this gritty film starring Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTTING) as Stevie, a young Scotsman who finds a construction job in the north of London turning an old hospital into luxury condos. Like most of the largely non-English crew, he's forced to live in a squat, an abandoned building whose doors can be opened only with a crowbar. Despite their differences, the laborers are bound by the difficulty of their work and their shared hatred of the bosses and contractors who constantly threaten to fire them and endanger their lives by cutting corners on safety. Loach's camera follows the workers unobtrusively as they relax in the squats and pubs, revealing, in their gallows humour, the fatalism of men who feel they've been forgotten by the society they inhabit. Stevie tries moving in for a time with Susan (Emer McCourt), a slightly dim, aspiring singer, but as is often the case for these men, things don't quite work out they way he hopes. Although Loach worked from a script, he used only actors who had construction experience and encouraged them to improvise their dialogue, making RIFF RAFF an utterly absorbing experience. The music for the film, like RAINING STONES, is scored by Stewart Copeland of the Police.
- Leading Role 1Ricky Tomlinson
- Director 1Ken Loach
- Leading Role 2Robert Carlyle
- Leading Role 3Emer McCourt
- Score ComposerStewart Copeland
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2008
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Running Time95 minutes
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- barnaby204404 Jan, 2017by
Ken Loach.........The voice of reason in Tory Britain
Riff Raff is an important film that exposes the inequality and exploitation that is still inherent in this country. Although the film was made 25 years ago, it is still as relevant now as it was then. It is also very funny and contains excellent acting from a brilliant cast.
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- madoddant17 May, 2016by
At times humourous at times serious, all times makes you question your theories on the justice system.
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- susanc129721 May, 2012by
Havent watched it for years but still a classic, has a bit of everything. Laughter, tears, sad, funny a must to own,
- marmit197217 Aug, 2009by
The harsh reality of Thatcher's Britain is brought to the screen in this gritty, thought provoking and humourous movie. The story and performances in this film are brilliant and the script's pretty good too but I don't think any of Jimmy McGovern's films need them too much - more like docudramas, his movies pretty much speak for themselves, can't imagine anyone being disappointed with Riff Raff, enjoy.
- viking_wench_8603 Jun, 2009by
AWESOME FILM ANOTHER EXCELLANT FILM BY ROBERT CARLISLE, EXCELLANT STORYLINE, NOTHING I DIDNT LIKE ABOUT THIS MOVIE !!
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