Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
|Once Upon a Time in the Midlands|
UK Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shane Meadows|
|Produced by||Andrea Calderwood|
|Written by||Paul Fraser
|Music by||John Lunn|
|Edited by||Peter Beston
|Distributed by||Film Four|
|Running time||104 minutes|
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is a 2002 British romantic comedy film written and directed by Shane Meadows, starring Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke, Ricky Tomlinson and Shirley Henderson. It is set in Nottingham in the northeast Midlands.
Dek (Rhys Ifans) proposes to his girlfriend Shirley (Shirley Henderson) on TV. When Jimmy (Robert Carlyle), "the great love of her life" and father of her daughter Marlene (Finn Atkins), sees this, he returns in an attempt to win back her heart. However, after deserting his friends in Scotland during an unsuccessful robbery of some clowns, his friends turn against him and come to the Midlands to try to track him down. In the end, Shirley refuses to go with Jimmy and professes her love for Dek after Marlene refuses to have anything to do with Jimmy and is only ready to accept Dek as the father figure.
- Robert Carlyle – Jimmy, Carol's foster brother, Shirley's ex-husband and Marlene's father
- Vanessa Feltz – Herself
- Ricky Tomlinson – Charlie, Carol's estranged husband
- Kathy Burke – Carol, Jimmy's foster sister
- Vicki Patterson – Audience Guest
- Shirley Henderson – Shirley, Jimmy's ex-wife and Marlene's mother
- Finn Atkins – Marlene, Jimmy and Shirley's daughter
- Kelly Thresher – Donna, Carol's daughter
- Rhys Ifans – Dek, Shirley's boyfriend
- Andrew Shim – Donut, Donna's boyfriend
- Ryan Bruce – Emerson, Carol and Charlie's son and Lake and Donna's brother
- Eliot Otis Brown Walters – Lake, Carol and Charlie's son and Emerson and Donna's brother
- Anthony Strachan – Jumbo (as Antony Strachan)
- David McKay – Dougy (as David Mckay)
- James Cosmo – Billy
This is the third time that Carlyle has worked with Henderson (first in Hamish Macbeth and the second in Trainspotting). The second time he has worked with Ifans (the first in The 51st State) and the fourth time he has worked with Tomlinson (first in Riff-Raff, second in Cracker and third in The 51st State).
- Nominated: Best Feature (Grand Prix Asturias) – Shane Meadows
- Once Upon a Time in the Midlands at the Internet Movie Database
- Once Upon a Time in the Midlands at Sony Pictures
- Once Upon a Time in the Midlands. Guardian film of the week.