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A Very British Gangster
A Very British Gangster
Actors: Donal MacIntyre, Dominic Noonan
Director: Donal MacIntyre
Genres: Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     1hr 37min

In A Very British Gangster, world-renowned, award-winning BBC journalist Donal MacIntyre dives into Manchester's underworld, revealing Britain's most notorious and powerful crime family--the Noonan dynasty. With surprising...  more »


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Actors: Donal MacIntyre, Dominic Noonan
Director: Donal MacIntyre
Genres: Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime & Conspiracy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/07/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Very Sterling Film
Bernard Chapin | CHICAGO! USA | 12/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Despite being an American, I'm very interested in England and am a bit of an Anglophile so I generally gravitate towards the country's films. A Very British Gangster was an exceptional documentary that revealed the full complexity of a man whose life seems to have already been decided. We discover at the end of it that he is going back to jail but his attitude and everything about his character suggest that his final destination is a foregone conclusion. The police follow him everywhere and it's quite likely that the filmmaker was not the only individual who recorded many of these conversations. What we find most is that Dominic Noonan is, in many ways, a normal man with a variety of relationships and concerns that must be negotiated. Most of his criminality is merely hinted at here, but it seems very unlikely that--even if he is re-released--he will conjure up the will to change his life. This is an endearing and well-crafted portrait of a doomed man."
A unique inside look
Bradley F. Smith | Miami Beach, FL | 03/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There's a real disconnect here between the violent lives led by the gangsters in this documentary and their seemingly benign personalities as depicted in the film. It's difficult to believe that the head gangster is as vicious as he is portrayed. Also, why would he allow a film crew in to see all that he does? There are seeming confessions to certain types of lawless bahaviour, so this was reckless of the gangsters involved. Still, you'll get a real look at the tawdry side of British criminal life. The characters all seem to be nearly subhuman in their criminality. A great piece of work."
A very Big Ego
Stephen D. Doherty | Mpls, MN | 01/04/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"While this was a well made documentary, I found the story less then impressive. If I wanted to listen to a criminal brag about how great they were I would just watch COPS."
This is a comedy, not a documentary.
Smooth | New York, NY | 05/31/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The premise of this documentary could honestly be turned into a comedic masterpiece. The homosexual british gangster who arrogantly preaches his illegal activities to the world, going around and solving petty issues with his "hard" crew of neighborhood teenagers. Why would he ever agree to make this movie? He's a retard, that's why. The real gangsters don't need to open their mouths in order to attain the respect of those around them. This moron constantly runs his mouth so that he can prove to his community that he's a "gangster" not to be reckoned with. Within the first 10 minutes you realize he's not really much of a gangster. He's British.

Watch it. You're in for a good laugh."