The Krays (film)
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Original UK theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peter Medak|
|Produced by||Dominic Anciano
|Written by||Philip Ridley|
|Music by||Michael Kamen|
|Edited by||Martin Walsh|
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distributors (UK) Miramax(United States)|
The Krays is a 1990 British drama film based on the lives and crimes of the English gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, often referred to as the Krays. The film was written by Philip Ridley and directed by Peter Medak.
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.
- Billie Whitelaw as Violet Kray
- Tom Bell as Jack McVitie
- Gary Kemp as Ronnie Kray
- Martin Kemp as Reggie Kray
- Susan Fleetwood as Rose
- Charlotte Cornwell as May
- Kate Hardie as Frances
- Avis Bunnage as Helen
- Alfred Lynch as Charlie Kray, Snr.
- Gary Love as Steve
- Steven Berkoff as George Cornell
- Jimmy Jewel as Cannonball Lee
- Nominee Best Supporting Actress - BAFTA (Billie Whitelaw)
- Winner Best Film - Evening Standard British Film Awards (Peter Medak)
- Winner Most Promising Newcomer - Evening Standard British Film Awards (Philip Ridley)
- Winner Best Actress - International Fantasy Film Awards (Fantasporto) (Billie Whitelaw)
- Nominee Best Film - International Fantasy Film Awards (Fantasporto) (Peter Medak)
- Winner George Delerue Prize for Music - Ghent International Film Festival (Michael Kamen)
The film soundtrack came out on the Parkfield music label and featured:
- Chris Rea – "Bitter Sweet"
- The Zombies – "She's Not There"
- Jimmy Jewel – "Balling the Jack"
- Matt Monro – "Walk Away"
- Maslin, Janet (November 9, 1990). "The Krays (1990) Review/Film; Twin Thugs With a Mother Complex". The New York Times.