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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 1.

    Nil By Mouth is my favourite.

    The scene where he phones Valerie (his wife), however, through his shame he cannot bring himself to speak, so he discontents the line and pretends she's still on the other end. The following 3 minutes depict his downward spiral of emotions as the character becomes increasingly intoxicated and reveals more and more about himself.

    Gary Oldman is brilliant at getting great performances out of good actors. It saddens me that he hasn't directed since.

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    Comment number 2.

    Ray is superb n the understated but powerful film 'Everything'. His character visits a prostitute but only wants to talk.... I think only 5 people saw this film but it is worth checking out. Very much a less is more.

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    Comment number 3.

    For me its his one off appearance in an episode of Auf Weidershen Pet as an AWOL soldier but if I had to pick a film its as Michael Caine's son in Last Orders.

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    Comment number 4.

    The top 5 for the Daddy has to be
    5. OUR BOY

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    Comment number 5.

    Sexy Beast without a shadow of a doubt - a sizzling, burning performance in more ways than one.

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    Comment number 6.

    It's got be the short film he recently made that explores dissociative identity disorder...
    The Bet 365 ad.

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    Comment number 7.

    "Swelterin'. You could fry an egg on my stomach...' It's got to be Sexy Beast at number one. You've done it again Mr. Kermode. That film boasts an ensemble cast of great performances, and as for what you were saying about profanity taken to poetic levels, how about Ben Kingsley's bombastic sonata of 'F*cks' and 'C*nts'? Didn't know that he's involved in Bunny Munro, that IS good news.

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    Comment number 8.

    I can't say that I've seen a great number of Ray Winstone movies. I haven't seen 44 Inch Chest (but I'll rectify that soon since its available on a certain movie streaming service now). I also haven't seen Sexy Beast (eyes rolling). Just can't bring myself to watch it, based on the title alone.
    I know I liked The War Zone, but since it's been so long since I've seen it, here are my five Ray Winstone flicks.

    5 Edge Of Darkness (I liked it, didn't love it, but thought Winstone was great in it.
    4 Hugo (Was he in that?)
    3 Beowulf
    2 The Proposition (Features one of the more shocking onscreen deaths, right up there with The Beyond... I don't like it for that reason, though. At least that's not the ONLY reason).
    1 The Departed (Made my 'Top 100 Films of the 2000s: http://crashlanden.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/crash-landens-best-100-movies-of-the-decade/ )

    I also liked Percy Jackson and The Olympians:The Lightning Thief FAR more than you, Dr. K. In fact, even though I don't think it's a great film by any stretch of the imagination, I do like it more than all but the third installment of the Harry potter films... And without PJATO:TLT, the world would not have 'Benjamin Sniddlegrass And the Cauldron Of Penguins' (which is now available for free online viewing).

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    Comment number 9.

    I love The Proposition; there is a scene with Ray Winston in which is so oddly hilarious. It's when he and Emily Watson are in their bedroom together, there is a gunshot, Ray Winston jumps up and runs straight into the door, it's a clip that i love so much i will burst out laughing whenever i think about it.

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    Comment number 10.

    THE WAR ZONE, just because it was filmed where I grew up. I have memories of meeting Tim Roth and he signed my Reservoir Dogs VHS. Also scenes being filmed in certain locations where we, at the time my friends at college, would hang out drink cider etc. They also nailed the visualisation of North Devon incredibly well...violent, bleak, incest and inbred.

    When this aired at the college cinema, and I was studying Film Studies at the time...there was a scene in which involved the local high street cafe (now closed I believe) and we all stood up cheered as if the film was some kind of Karate Kid fight scene and Daniel beat Johnny. However we sat down and continued watching this gritty, brutal bit of unsung celluloid.

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    Comment number 11.

    To be honest I think Ray Winston is great in all movies he apperes in, expeshally films in which he plays a small part, yea Sexy Beast and 44 inch chest are great movies but what about his role in The Departed, I think that he gets pushed asside in that film because of the towering performance by Jack Nickolson, Matt Damon and the wonderfull Marky Mark Walberg. I favorate the scene in the bar where they are talking about crambery Juice.

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    Comment number 12.

    Not a film, and by no means his best, but I remember seeing him fot the first time in Robin of Sherwood. As Will Scarlet. It must have been o.k. 'cause he left an impression. Been following him ever since. Of course the combination of Winston / Oldman gave an electric result.

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    Comment number 13.

    what about ripleys game?

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    Comment number 14.

    Definitely Sexy Beast. One of my favourite films. Nil By Mouth was also excellent, if hard to watch. Both truly great performances.

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    Comment number 15.

    Certainly one is Ripleys Game. Even though he isn't on screen for long. But without a doubt the best Winstone film is Antonia Bird's 1997 'Face'.

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    Comment number 16.

    The Proposition is one of my favourite films, I have it on blu-ray and it looks stunning; you can feel the heat, the dust and smell the stench of sweat and blood the characters exhibit.

    Winstone is incredible in it, he steals every scene.

    The other Winstone gem for me is, although not a film, Robin of Sherwood, the tv series; although I wasn't alive when this came out I saw re-runs on ITV and loved it. For me, he is the defining Will Scarlet and tears every scene apart, from blind rage and anger to compassion, to weeping in despair.
    He is definitely the daddy for me. :D

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    Comment number 17.

    "and this was a very close run thing, but by a whisker..."

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull?

    Oh yeah, Sexy Beast, of course.

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    Comment number 18.

    Tim Roth's "The War Zone" -
    A film so grim even Bergman would have been proud -

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    Comment number 19.

    I'm afraid I must confess my ignorance! I do like his on screen presence, but having been confronted with your list, Doc, I've seen to few of Ray's work. I did liked him in "Beowulf", one of my favorite animated movies (I really like epics). And I've seen him in several other movies, but he has only been on my radar since "King Arthur". Out of all the knights, the king included, he was the most genuine and intense. Gonna get crakin' on that list of yours, starting with "The Proposition"... been a while since I've seen a good western! (This is why I really like listening to you, Dr Kermode. The great movies I've never heard off that you introduce me to! Plus, you are funny! Oh, love that rant on Phantom (3d) Menace!)

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    Comment number 20.


    My only disagreement is that I thought Proposition was number one as his best film. I thought Sexy Beast was his best performance. And then there is War Zone.

    It's almost unwatchable in parts

    I've seen 707 of the top 100 movies ever made (according to Sight and Sound) and this is the only one that should be in their list



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