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Tuesday 17 April 2012, 18:59

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

This weekend I'm going to be interviewing Ray Winstone on stage at The Bradford International Film Festival. He's had an extraordinary acting career but which are his best five films?

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    Comment number 41.

    I also have to mention Robin of Sherwood TV series from early 80s. Ray's portrayal of Will Scarlett was something fierce, considering that the show was mostly boys adventure serial. Ray's character was like real man among the boys, and even as a kid I felt that strongly. It just shows that he really has dedication.

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    Comment number 42.

    Sexy Beast without a shadow of a doubt, for me. Winstone is brilliant, but so is everyone else in the film, including all the crew and the Director. This was a utterly enthralling film from start to finish - beautifully acted, beautifully staged and photographed and expertly directed. Winstone's portrayal of Gal Dove - a man who just wants to be left alone - is pitch-perfect. And don't even get me started on Sir Ben's portrayal of the homicidal Don Logan... Sexy Beast is one of my few '10/10' movies. Every possible box is ticked.

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    Comment number 43.

    Not enough mentions for SCUM. An incredible performance and one of the best British films of all time,Winstone owns it! even his small role in QUADROPHENIA is great and a rarely seen British film called THAT SUMMER is worth a watch.
    Other than these, obviously SEXY BEAST and NIL BY MOUTH are his most memorable performances.
    THE DEPARTED???!!! don't make me laugh,awful film,average performance.

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    Comment number 44.

    Without doubt Sexy Beast. A masterpiece of a film. Just such a shame Winstone is now a parody of himself due to endless Bet365 ads.

    Bet in play, nah!

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    Comment number 45.

    I definitely agree with the last comment!
    http://popcorn.gr/browse/people/1691-Ray-Winstone

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    Comment number 46.

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    Comment number 47.

    I really can't fault your list, especially The Proposition; I love that film!

    I think Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains deserves an honourable mention (Can't believe only one person above has mentioned it; Kudos TalkingElvish)

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    Comment number 48.

    The Proposition was absolutely sensational. A very different style from Winstone. Winstone worked perfectly with Emily Watson and their performances merged brilliantly on the screen. A great cast and a great script. Looking forward to Saturday and watching you interview Ray Winstone.

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    Comment number 49.

    I am Ripper... Tearer... Slasher... Gouger. I am the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night. Mine is Strength... and Lust... and Power! I AM BEOWULF!

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    Comment number 50.

    I'm not sure on the top 5, but I'm glads to see all the praise of The Proposition; including the good doctors. Too many times have I bigged it up to friends as an example of a great modern western, only to get "ho hummed" at.

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    Comment number 51.

    It's a good list Mark, apart from the glaring omission (or even a mention) of Love, Honour and Obey. This is an amazingly underrated film and central to that are great performances from both Ray and Kathy Burke. I've never heard you review the film so I'd love to know what you think.

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    Comment number 52.

    Dr. K, long long time follower but first time contributor. Only this emotive subject could rouse me to comment. And I am very happy to see someone else has expressed exactly the same. As a whole film "The Proposition" would be my top RW flick, but for a one-time cinematic memory the vitriolic rage in #49 will never be erased from my memory (no matter how bad some of the aspects of Beowulf were - peek-a-boo dragons? dear me).
    Mine is Strength... and Lust... and Power! I AM RAY WINSTONE!
    Poor Grendel.

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    Comment number 53.

    Ripley's Game. A film that doesn't deserve three excellent performances from John Malkovich, Dougray Scott and Ray himself.

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    Comment number 54.

    The two films that immediately came up for me were 44 Inch Chest and Sexy Beast. I was hoping you'd mention them and I'm glad they made the top 5. I think, in both of them, it is fantastic to see a man who emits such an air of power and confidence be broken down. It isn't pathetic or squeamishness, but is instead very human.

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    Comment number 55.

    Though a tv series i loved Births Deaths and Marriages.Mark Strong also great in it.The ending baffled me alittle!

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    Comment number 56.

    Good job putting Sexy Beast at No.1. Too tired to say anything else.

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    Comment number 57.

    Full marks Mark for picking Sexy Beast. Exactly right.

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    Comment number 58.

    Dr K,
    Surely Sexy Beast belongs to Sir Ben Kingsleys, the moment he comes on screen the film goes from a run of the mill mockney cockney gangster film to an all out British classic. What happened to the Ken Loach film Ladybird Ladybird where Ray gives a excellent performance which is almost a for runner to the character he plays in Nil By Mouth.

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    Comment number 59.

    The Proposition. Brilliant film. Amazing cast and strong performances by Guy Pearce, Emily Watson and Ray Winstone. I can taste and smell the dust and get heatstroke pretty much from the first frame. Amongst such a strong film Ray Winstone really leaps out at you and just shines.

 

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