Pusher (2012 film)

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Pusher
Pusher 2012 Quad.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Luis Prieto
Produced by Rupert Preston
Felix Vossen
Christopher Simon
Screenplay by Matthew Read
Based on Pusher 
by Nicolas Winding Refn
Jens Dahl
Starring Richard Coyle
Agyness Deyn
Bronson Webb
Mem Ferda
Zlatko Buric
Music by Orbital
Cinematography Simon Dennis
Edited by Kim Gaster
Production
company
Vertigo Films
Embargo Films
Distributed by Gaumont (UK)
RADiUS-TWC (US)
Release dates
  • 21 June 2012 (2012-06-21) (Edinburgh)
  • 26 October 2012 (2012-10-26) (United Kingdom)
Running time
89 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $186,506[2]

Pusher is a 2012 British crime thriller film directed by Luis Prieto. It is an English-language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 film of the same name. The film stars Richard Coyle, Agyness Deyn, Bronson Webb, and Paul Kaye. Refn takes on the role of executive producer, with Rupert Preston of Vertigo Films and Chris Simon and Felix Vossen of Embargo Films producing. International sales are handled by Gaumont Film Company.

Plot[edit]

Frank is a low-level cocaine dealer in England, conducting business with his partner Tony and would-be-girlfriend Flo. When a former cellmate contacts him for a large drug deal, Frank borrows £48,000 of cocaine from Milo, a dangerous Serbian drug lord. He promises to return to Milo with the money the next day, but police raid the deal and Frank is forced to dump the cocaine in a duck lake. In custody, Frank is told by police that Tony has confessed to the deal, but they release him the next day. Frank quickly finds Tony and beats him savagely with a baseball bat.

Frank returns to Milo without the cash or the cocaine and requests more time to pay Milo off. Milo demands £55,000 to be paid soon. Frank scrambles to call in old debts and tries to get back in touch with Danaka, a drug mule who is scheduled to return with a half kilo of cocaine. Frank is unsuccessful and becomes increasingly on edge. Milo's henchman Kagan arrives to help Frank strongarm his debtees, but they have no success. Frank finally gets in touch with Danaka, but discovers that the cocaine pack she brought back is worthless. Frank becomes desperate and robs a high-class drug party, but is still far short of the required sum.

Milo's patience runs out and Frank is brought back to him. With only a few thousand pounds to his name Frank begs for more time, but Milo begins to torture him instead. Frank manages to escape and returns to Flo, asking her if she wants to run away with him to Spain using the funds he has gathered up. As Frank makes a few final arrangements, Milo calls and says that their feud has become too costly and will therefore accept a token payment to resolve it. However, we see that Milo and his henchmen are actually planning to ambush Frank when he arrives.

Frank brusquely tells Flo that their plans are called off and laughs at the thought of them running away together. Heartbroken, Flo steals all of Frank's remaining cash and escapes in a taxi. Frank catches up to the taxi and the two stare tearfully at each other through the closed car window as the film ends.

Cast[edit]

  • Richard Coyle as Frank, a mid-level drug-dealer.
  • Bronson Webb as Tony, Frank's cheerful partner
  • Agyness Deyn as Flo, Frank's girlfriend
  • Zlatko Burić as Milo, a powerful Serbian drug lord. Burić also played Milo in the original Pusher.
  • Mem Ferda as Hakan, Milo's enforcer
  • Paul Kaye as Fitz, one of Frank's customers
  • Shend as Meten, a nasty piece of work

Filming[edit]

The film was shot in and around Stoke Newington.

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's score is provided by the British electronic band Orbital.

Reception[edit]

Pusher received mixed to positive reviews. Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 52% based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

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