Best Laid Plans (2012 film)

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Best Laid Plans
Best Laid Plans (2012 film) POSTER.jpg
Directed byDavid Blair
Produced byMichael Knowles
Brad Moore
Stacey Murray
Screenplay byChris Green
Based onOf Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
StarringStephen Graham
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Maxine Peake
David O'Hara
Music byRob Lane
CinematographyAli Asad
Edited byPia Di Ciaula
Made Up North Productions
AV Pictures
Distributed bySony Pictures
Release date
  • 3 February 2012 (2012-02-03)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Best Laid Plans is a 2012 British drama film directed by David Blair and produced by Michael Knowles for Made Up North Productions Limited.[1] The film was released to select cinemas on 3 February 2012 and is loosely based on John Steinbeck's 1937 book, Of Mice and Men.[2]


Danny (Graham) is a hustler who is about to be punished by a criminal gang-leader when he is rescued by a huge man with learning difficulties named Joseph (Akinnuoye-Agbaje).

Danny and Joseph are friends, but Danny falls deeper into drugs, debt and failed money-making schemes. Eventually he persuades Joseph to begin fighting for prize money, in an effort to dissuade his criminal-world accomplices and bosses from exacting their revenge for his unpaid debts.

Danny falls for a prostitute he has started to see and Joseph starts to see a mentally challenged woman who he saves from a group of teenage bullies and starts to drag himself away from the money-making fights that Danny needs him to participate in. Danny begins to question his own motives as he sees the physical damage being done to Joseph.

Danny plans to escape to Ireland with Joseph, aided by his girlfriend Lisa. Unfortunately, Danny is captured and tortured to reveal Joseph's whereabouts.

Ultimately Joseph and Lisa find the location Danny is being held at and after a showdown between Joseph and one of the boss's prize fighters and then the boss, the trio escape in a camper van, pick up Joseph's girlfriend (Maxine Peake) and cross via ferry to Ireland as planned.

The final scene shows Danny seeing Joseph genuinely happy outside playing in the snow being brought cups of tea by Lisa, through the window of the camper van where he is laid up from his injuries, then smiles, starts to bleed heavily from his mouth due to the internal injuries sustained under torture and passes away seemingly at peace.



Best Laid Plans received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 50% based on reviews from 6 critics.[3]


  1. ^ "Current Films: Production details". AV Pictures. February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  2. ^ Charles Gfant (5 February 2012). "Best Laid Plans". Variety. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Best Laid Plans". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 20 April 2017.

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