The Krays (film)

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The Krays
The Krays UK poster.jpg
Original UK theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Medak
Written byPhilip Ridley
Produced byDominic Anciano
Ray Burdis
CinematographyAlex Thomson
Edited byMartin Walsh
Music byMichael Kamen
Fugitive Features
Parkfield Entertainment
Distributed byRank Film Distributors
Release date
  • 27 April 1990 (1990-04-27)
Running time
119 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$9 million

The Krays is a 1990 British biographical crime drama film directed by Peter Medak. The film is based on the lives and crimes of the British gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, often referred to as The Krays.[1] The film stars Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell, and real life brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, both of whom were members of the band Spandau Ballet.[1]


The film charts the lives of the Kray twins from childhood to adult life. The plot focuses on the relationship between the twins and their doting mother (Whitelaw). Ronald (Gary Kemp) is the dominant one, influencing his brother Reginald (Martin Kemp) to perform several acts of violence as they rise to power as the leaders of a powerful organised gang in 1960s London. The movie focuses more on the personal life of the brothers, including Reg's marriage and then alienation from his wife, culminating in her suicide. The movie omits the police investigation going against the Krays and ends with a jump-cut to them attending their mother's funeral in 1982, already serving time in prison by then.



The Krays holds a rating of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews.

Box office[edit]

The film opened at the top of the UK box office with a gross of £1,036,117 for the week.[2] It remained at number one for a second week[3] and went on to gross £3,707,649 ($7 million) at the UK box office.[4] In the United States and Canada, it grossed $2,060,847.[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (9 November 1990). "The Krays (1990) Review/Film; Twin Thugs With a Mother Complex". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "U.K. Top 10 Films". Variety. 9 May 1990. p. 40.
  3. ^ Pitman, Jack (16 May 1990). "Good weather bad for biz; Scandi, Paris fall sharply". Variety. p. 34.
  4. ^ "Back to the Future: The Fall and Rise of the British Film Industry in the 1980s – An Information Briefing" (PDF). British Film Institute. 2005. p. 25.
  5. ^ The Krays at Box Office Mojo

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