Rancid Aluminium

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Rancid Aluminium
Directed by Edward Thomas
Produced by Mark Thomas and Mike Parker
Written by James Hawes
Starring Rhys Ifans
Joseph Fiennes
Tara FitzGerald
Sadie Frost
Steven Berkoff
Olegar Fedoro
Keith Allen
Dani Behr
Andrew Howard
Nick Moran
Brian Hibbard
Steve Speirs
Cinematography Tony Imi
Edited by Chris Lawrence
Distributed by Entertainment Film Distributors
Release dates
21 January 2000 (UK)
Running time
91 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1,800,000
Box office $4,300,000

Rancid Aluminium is a 2000 film, based on a 1998 novel of the same name by James Hawes. It was released on 21 January 2000 to universally negative reviews, and is considered one of the worst films of all time.


Critical Reception[edit]

Reviews of Rancid Aluminium were strongly negative. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said: "This film succeeds in getting its cast - some of the brightest and best of British character actors, young and old - to give the worst performances imaginable... The plot is all over the place, eventually incomprehensible, and very, very boring."[1] Cosmo Landesman, writing in The Sunday Times also gave the film a negative review, describing the film as "a stupid, unfunny and self-satisfied film that should be avoided at all costs".[2] Anne Billson of The Sunday Telegraph found the film confusing and derivative: "I couldn’t even work out where the film is supposed to be set. Isn't that Portobello Road? Why is Tara Fitzgerald talking about Exeter? And how in hell did we get to this cricket pavilion? Director Ed Thomas appears to have been aiming for the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels crowd, but misses by several billion miles."[3]

Discussing Rancid Aluminium in an article on British cinema, Jacques Peretti gave an equally harsh assessment: "In many ways, Rancid Aluminium is beyond criticism because it is very hard, even after several viewings, to work out what the hell is going on" and that it was "incomprehensible and deeply lacklustre in all departments."[4] Noting the film's negative reception, Peretti went on to argue: "By universal consent, it is the worst film ever made in the UK."[4]


  1. ^ Rancid Aluminium. The Guardian 21 January 2000. Retrieved 5 February 2000.
  2. ^ Cosmo Landesman, "Rancid Aluminium", The Sunday Times, 23 January 2000.
  3. ^ Anne Billson, "Rancid Aluminium", The Sunday Telegraph, 23 January 2000.
  4. ^ a b Shame of a Nation. Jacques Peretti, The Guardian. 26 May 2000. Retrieved 5 February 2014.

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