The Information on: Plunkett and Macleane
Friday 02 April 1999
The debut feature from Jake Scott, the 33-year-old British video director who is now hoping to shrug off the `son of Ridley' tag. It is essentially an 18th-century swashbuckler, but this time the wigs, breeches and corsets have been updated with the addition of hard-hitting techno beats and technical wizardry as the eponymous dandy highwaymen team up to relieve the aristocracy of their riches. Plotwise, the poster line says it all: "They rob the rich... and that's it".
Who's In It?
Teeming with fashionable acting talent: Plunkett and Macleane are played by Robert Carlisle (right) and Jonny Lee Miller, reuniting Trainspotting's Begbie and Sick Boy, while love interest is provided in the form of Liv Tyler - daughter of Aerosmith's Steve, star of blockbuster Armageddon - sporting the now de rigueur British accent. Ken Stott, Michael Gambon, Alan Cumming and even Shooting Stars' George Dawes put in an appearance.
What They Say About It
"This thing stands, just about, but it doesn't deliver" Anthony Quinn, The Independent. "It's Lock, Stock and two eighteenth-century Smoking Barrels" Charles Gant, Heat. "Anachronisms rip huge holes in an already flimsy plot" James Christopher, The Times. "Less Tom Jones for the rave generation than a kind of Adam Ant highwayman movie for those too young to remember him and his looks" Xan Brooks, The Big Issue.
Where You Can See It
Opens today at cinemas nationwide.
BBC Trust agrees to axe channel from TV in favour of digital moveTV
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response from Ellen DeGeneres
- 2 What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
- 5 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
Amy Winehouse film director: 'I wanted to show the fun, bright-eyed girl we didn't know'
James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
Contemporary art is a fraud, says top dealer
Family Guy, BBC2 - review: The Simpsons crossover highlights gulf between the cartoons
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture