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The Near Room (1995)

Charlie Colquhoun is a journalist whose career is floundering. As a teenager, he fathered a daughter, Tommy, who was committed to foster care as an infant. Seventeen years later, Charlie, ... See full summary »

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Robert Murphy
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Dunbar ... Charlie Colquhoun
David O'Hara ... Harris Hill
David Hayman ... Dougie Patterson
Julie Graham ... Elise Gray
Tom Watson Tom Watson ... Frazer Hill
James Ellis James Ellis ... Pat
Robert Pugh ... Eddie Harte
Emma Faulkner Emma Faulkner ... Tommy Stirling
Andy Serkis ... Bunny
Peter McDougall Peter McDougall ... Alastair Clegg
Bill Gardiner Bill Gardiner ... Young Colquhoun
Garry Sweeney ... Young Harris Hill
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ... Mooney
Julie Miller Julie Miller ... Bradley
Claire Gray Wilson Claire Gray Wilson ... Jade (as Claire Gray)
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Charlie Colquhoun is a journalist whose career is floundering. As a teenager, he fathered a daughter, Tommy, who was committed to foster care as an infant. Seventeen years later, Charlie, Tommy and Charlie's old schoolmate Harris Hill, now a squeaky-clean solicitor, are reunited by a scandal that includes child pornography, blackmail and murder. Written by Anonymous

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When the past catches up with the future...

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Thriller | Drama

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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James McAvoy's film debut. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Stirling: What do you call a cross between a labrador and a poodle?
Charlie Colquhoun: I don't know.
Tommy Stirling: A labradoodle.
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A murky 'thriller'
19 July 2006 | by spicy_demonSee all my reviews

This Scottish thriller was described as the British 'se7en' but sadly I didn't see much of that American film's style in this rather poor effort.

The plot involves Journalist Dunbar trying to find his adopted daughter before she is killed by a paedophile gang. The locations are suitably seedy and noirish but sadly the film is let down by a rather difficult-to-follow plot and some erratic acting.

In fact the most interesting thing about this film is the casting. The director David Hayman takes a major role as Dunbar's editor at the paper and manages to shout all his lines with suitable malice. Andy Serkis also pops up as a transvestite believe it or not! He seems to be doing his Gollum voice throughout!

The gorgeous Julie Graham is sadly wasted as Dunbar's ex-wife however and barely has much to do apart from take her clothes off in a surprisingly erotic scene.

This film really is a missed opportunity for all involved and far too labyrinthine in plot. The characters are underdeveloped and some of the acting is abysmal. And to be honest - any film that wastes Julie Graham's talent doesn't deserve success!

Avoid this below-average and tedious thriller...


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