Mr In-Between

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Mr In-Between
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Paul Sarossy
Produced by Andreas Bajohra
Michael Cowan
Yvonne Michael
Jason Piette
Bob Portal
Written by Peter Waddington
Neil Cross (novel)
Starring Andrew Howard
Geraldine O'Rawe
Andrew Tiernan
David Calder
Music by Jennie Muskett
Cinematography Haris Zambarloukos
Edited by Eddie Hamilton
Distributed by Verve Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 10 September 2001 (2001-09-10) (TIFF)[1]
  • 3 October 2003 (2003-10-03) (UK)[2]
Running time 98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Mr In-Between (a.k.a. The Killing Kind) is a 2001 British crime drama film based on the novel of the same title by English novelist Neil Cross. The film was directed by cinematographer Paul Sarossy, his only directorial role to date, and the screenplay written by Peter Waddington, who also has a small role in the film.

Plot synopsis[edit]

In 2002, hitman Jon (Andrew Howard) lives a life of relative solitude, until one day he happens upon an old friend, Andy (Andrew Tiernan), and is plunged into an unneeded relationship. The truth slowly unravels about Jon and what he does, endangering the lives of those close to him, and Jon is faced with an ultimatum. He must make his most difficult decision ever: whether to save the woman he loves or kill her and the child.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Andrew Howard Jon
Geraldine O'Rawe Cathy
Andrew Tiernan Andy
David Calder Tattooed Man
Mark Benton Phil
Clive Russell Mr. Michaelmas
Saeed Jaffrey Mr. Basmati
Clint Dyer Rickets
Peter Waddington Priest
Gina Yashere Dancing Woman
Perry Benson Nelson
Al Hunter Ashton Fat Dave
Brian Hibbard Gordon

Production notes[edit]

UK film poster
  • Early on, the film's producers were skeptical about the choice of Paul Sarossy, a first-time director and an American in an otherwise all-British production crew, but eventually agreed he was the best man for the job.
  • Director Paul Sarossy, better known for his work in cinematography, wanted to focus on his directing and told cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos not to let him behind the camera, no matter how hard he persisted, for the duration of the shooting.
  • In the original screenplay, as well as in the novel, the tattooed man's lair was a large, Victorian-style manor. But director Paul Sarossy wanted something more dismal, and so writer Peter Waddington revised the scenes to take place in the sewers under the streets of London.

Reception[edit]

Derek Elley of Variety called it "unevenly acted and scripted".[3] Jamie Russell of the BBC rated it 3/5 stars and called it "commendably ambitious, but only occasionally successful".[2] Alan Morrison of Empire rated it 3/5 stars and wrote that the film becomes more pretentious as time goes on.[4] Total Film rated it 2/5 stars and called it "intense, reflective yarn" that wallows in sadism.[5] Time Out London called it bleak, stylistically bold, and occasionally pretentious.[1] David Johnson of DVD Verdict called it "a refreshingly original take on the hitman-with-a-conscience gig."[6] Glenn Erickson of DVD Talk called it "an overachieving straight-to-video feature" that treats its subject matter as more important than it is.[7]

Awards[edit]

Mr. In-Between won Best UK Feature at Raindance Film Festival.[8] Andrew Howard won Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mr In-between". Time Out London. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b Russell, Jamie (2003-09-29). "Mr In-Between". BBC. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  3. ^ Elley, Derek (2001-11-21). "Review: 'Mr In-Between'". Variety. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  4. ^ Morrison, Alan. "Mr In-Between". Empire. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Mr In-Between". Total Film. 2003-10-03. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  6. ^ Johnson, David (2004-04-02). "The Killing Kind". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  7. ^ Erickson, Glenn (2004-02-27). "The Killing Kind". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  8. ^ Hernandez, Eugene; Mitchell, Wendy (2002-11-08). "DAILY NEWS: European Film Award Nominees, Raindance Winners, and iW Buzz for the Week". Indiewire. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  9. ^ Bourton, Tom (2003-01-09). "Actor reprises Hopkins' Lionheart role". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 

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