Dead Man Running

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Dead Man Running
Dead man running.jpg
Dead Man Running theatrical poster
Directed by Alex De Rakoff
Produced by Pikki Fearon
Written by Alex De Rakoff
Screenplay by John Luton
Story by John Luton
Music by Mark Sayfritz
Cinematography Ali Asad
Edited by Alan Strachan
Distributed by Revolver Entertainment
Release date
  • 30 October 2009 (2009-10-30)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1 million[citation needed]
Box office $735,875[1]

Dead Man Running is a 2009 British comedy crime film directed by Alex De Rakoff, written by De Rakoff and John Luton, and starring Tamer Hassan and Danny Dyer. Football players Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand served as executive producers.[2]


After an increasing number of his clients fail to make good on their payments, Mr. Thigo (Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson) decides to take matters into his own hands, travelling to London to make an example of local bad boy and debtor Nick (Tamer Hassan). Thigo gives Nick just 24 hours to pay back the £100,000 he owes, and, as an incentive, Thigo holds Nick's wheelchair-using mother (Brenda Blethyn) hostage. Since Nick is already financially challenged, he is forced to be creative in order to come up with the money. At the same time, Thigo sabotages Nick's efforts in order to be sure that he can take revenge on Nick to prove a point to the other debtors.



The film was released in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2009. It grossed $681,354 in the UK and $735,875 in total foreign gross.[1] Phase 4 Films released it in the US.[3]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 10% of 21 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 4/10. The site's consensus reads: "Poor performances, stiff dialogue, flat characters, and an unimaginative stab at the mood of the Guy Ritchie crime caper make Dead Man Running into a hooligan tale with little to offer."[4] Kim Newman of Empire rated it 2/5 stars and wrote, "This shaggy dog gangland story feels like a straggler from the batch of forgettable Lock, Stock imitators greenlit a decade ago. It has a quality cast, but we've run round this track too many times, while the script jogs from scene to scene without any surprises."[5] Ellen E. Jones of Total Film rated it 2/5 stars and called it "amiable rubbish".[6] Derek Adams of Time Out London called it "budget-conscious, simplistically plotted and often cringingly performed".[7] Philip French of The Guardian wrote that it is "a little uncertain in tone, but brisk and likely to go down well with the patrons of Albert Square's Queen Vic."[8] Peter Bradshaw, also of The Guardian, rated it 2/5 stars and wrote, "For all the sub-Guy Ritchie cliches, it has its moments" and "is not as bad as it could have been."[9] Robert Hanks of The Independent wrote, "Is there any way of stemming the flow of post-Guy Ritchie cockney crime comedies? Would, say, sticking Danny Dyer's head on a pike somewhere in Bethnal Green be enough of a deterrent?"[10] Derek Elley of Variety wrote that the film "recycles Cockney crimer cliches to moderately entertaining results."[11]


  1. ^ a b "Dead Man Running". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  2. ^ Jackson, Jamie (2009-08-12). "Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole team up with 50 Cent to plot alternative path for the modern star". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  3. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (2010-03-28). "Phase 4 nabs rights to 50 Cent film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  4. ^ "Dead Man Running (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  5. ^ Newman, Kim. "Dead Man Running". Empire. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  6. ^ Jones, Ellen E. (2009-10-29). "Dead Man Running". Total Film. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  7. ^ Adams, Derek. "Dead Man Running (15)". Time Out London. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  8. ^ French, Philip (2009-10-31). "Dead Man Running". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  9. ^ "Dead Man Running". The Guardian. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  10. ^ Hanks, Robert (2009-10-30). "Dead Man Walking (15)". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  11. ^ Elley, Derek (2009-11-02). "Review: 'Dead Man Running'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 

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