The Krays (film)

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The Krays
The Krays UK poster.jpg
Original UK theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Medak
Produced byDominic Anciano
Ray Burdis
Written byPhilip Ridley
Music byMichael Kamen
CinematographyAlex Thomson
Edited byMartin Walsh
Fugitive Features
Parkfield Entertainment
Distributed byRank Film Distributors (UK) Miramax (United States)
Release date
  • 27 April 1990 (1990-04-27)
Running time
119 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$2,060,847

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, Gary Kemp and his real life younger brother Martin Kemp, who were both members of the new wave 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 Krays holds a rating of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 16 reviews.

Box Office[edit]

The film made £3,707,649 at the UK box office .[2]


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. ^ "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.

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