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|Directed by||Terry Winsor|
|Produced by||Jeff Pope|
|Written by||Terry Winsor
|Music by||Colin Towns|
|Edited by||Edward Mansell|
|Distributed by||Miramax Home Video and Pathe-UK|
|14 July 2000|
The film is based loosely around events in December 1995 that culminated in the murders of two top drug barons and their driver in Rettendon, Essex, UK. On 6 December 1995, Patrick Tate, Craig Rolfe and Tony Tucker, three drug dealers well known to the police, were lured to Workhouse Lane, Rettendon on the pretext of a lucrative drug deal. There they were killed by shotgun blasts to the head while sitting in their Range Rover. The bodies were found the following morning.
Two men, Jack Whomes and Michael Steele, were convicted of the murders after police informer Darren Nicholls gave evidence against his former friends at their Old Bailey trial. They have always protested their innocence.
- Charlie Creed-Miles: Billy Reynolds/narrator
- Sean Bean: Jason Locke
- Alex Kingston: Lisa Locke
- Amelia Lowdell: Nicole
- Larry Lamb: Peter Chase
- Michael McKell: Wayne Lovell
- Holly Davidson: Suzy Welch
- Terence Rigby: Henry Hobbs
- Tom Wilkinson: John Dyke
- Billy Murray: Perry Elley
- George Jackos: Kiri Christos
- Sally Hurst: Beverley
- Louise Landon: Jemma
- Gary Love: Detective
- Rachel Darling: Club dancer
- William 'Billy' Hodge: shocked pedestrian, silhouette dancer and surprised guy at front of club que (also Sean Bean's muse)
The film met with generally negative critical reviews, maintaining a 17% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The viewer ratings have generally been more positive
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