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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Angela Pope
Produced by David M. Thompson
Written by Frank Deasy
Starring Julia Ormond
Tim Roth
Music by Colin Towns
Cinematography Remi Adefarasin
Edited by Dave King
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
  • 28 April 1995 (1995-04-28)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Captives is a 1994 British romantic crime drama film directed by Angela Pope and written by Dublin screenwriter Frank Deasy. It stars Julia Ormond, Tim Roth and Keith Allen. The picture was selected as the opening film in the Venetian Nights section of the 1994 Venice Film Festival, in addition to its selection for Gala Presentation at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival.[1]


After the break-up of her marriage to Simon (Peter Capaldi), dentist Rachel Clifford (Julia Ormond) throws herself into work by taking an extra assignment at a local British prison. One of her patients is Philip (Tim Roth), a man nearing the end of a ten year sentence for a crime he refuses to reveal. She later sees him on the street when he gets out to attend his college class. They form a friendship that eventually turns into a secret relationship. Their relationship becomes strained when Rachel realises Philip is serving time for the murder of his wife.

Another inmate, Towler (Colin Salmon), deals drugs within the prison. He uncovers Rachel and Philip's relationship and uses his associate Kenny (Mark Strong) to intimidate Rachel into smuggling a gun into the prison. She ultimately cannot go through with it and Philip, realising that she is out of her depth, reveals their relationship to the authorities in order to get her help. When Kenny confronts Rachel in a diner, she uses the gun to shoot him as the police arrive.

In the aftermath, Rachel is found to have shot Kenny in self-defense and Philip is transferred to another prison. In spite of everything that has occurred, she indicates that she would like to continue her relationship with him.


The film was a BBC Films co-production with Distant Horizon & Miramax Films.[1]



The movie received a mixed response.[2]

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at No.6.[3]

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