The Krays

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Released 1990

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The Krays

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Director:
Peter Medak
Released:
1990
Rating:
R
The Krays is a 1990 English film directed by Peter Medak and starring Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, and Billie Whitelaw. The film is based on the real life story of British gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray. In 1933, the Kray brothers (the Kemp brothers) were born in the East End of London to doting mother Violet (Whitelaw). As they grew older Ronald became the dominant, violent of the two, while Reginald was always eager to please his brother. Their rise in the criminal underworld was due in large part to Ronald's fearless, caustic behavior that made many fear and respect them. A notorious scene in the movie features Ronald giving one of his victims a "Chelsease smile," which involves cutting someone's cheeks to make their own smile stretch from ear to ear. The Krays was nominated for a BAFTA Award in the Best Actress in a Support Role for Billie Whitelaw.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The genius of The Krays, Peter Medak's new film about the most notorious villains of modern British crime, is that the movie is not simply a catalog of stabbings, garrotings and bl...

  • 88

    The Seattle Times

    Medak and Ridley have taken the stuff of tabloid headlines and alchemized it into cinematic gold. [09 Nov 1990, p.30]

  • 75

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Their performances may not get touted on many year-end movie lists, but the Kemp brothers - Gary and Martin - are the make-or-break element of the spotty but often gripping The Kra...

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