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Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

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Brian Helgeland

Writers:

Brian Helgeland, John Pearson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Anderson ... Albert Donoghue
Tom Hardy ... Reggie Kray / Ron Kray
Christopher Eccleston ... Nipper Read
Joshua Hill Joshua Hill ... Constable Scott
Emily Browning ... Frances Shea
Colin Morgan ... Frank Shea
Tara Fitzgerald ... Mrs Shea
Nicholas Farrell ... Dr Humphries
Adam Fogerty ... Pat Connolly
Mel Raido ... Ian Barrie
Major Johnson Finley Major Johnson Finley ... The Double R Club Singer
Millie Brady ... Joan Collins
Chris Mason ... Ronnie Hart
Stephen Thompson ... Ronnie Bender
Sam Spruell ... Jack McVitie
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Storyline

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground.

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The notorious true story of the Kray twins See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Légende See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,836, 22 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,872,994, 12 January 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,642,077, 31 December 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Brian Helgeland first got wind of the Kray twins when he was working on an aborted biopic about Led Zeppelin. He had been accompanying Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on a world tour when he noticed one of their entourage was missing a finger. When he asked how he lost his finger, he was told that the Krays had cut it off. Intrigued, Helgeland set out to find out more about these notorious gangsters which were unfamiliar to him, coming from America. See more »

Goofs

During the fight in the club between Reggie and Ron: When Ron throws the bottle at Reggie, the bottle flies past Reggie and strikes a woman in a gold dress. The bottle shatters into hundreds of pieces, which a real bottle would never do unless it hit something solid like a concrete floor or wall. The bottle is obviously a prop bottle as it completely shatters simply by hitting a soft human torso. See more »

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Frances Shea: London in the 1960s. Everyone had a story about the Krays. You could walk into any pub to hear a lie or two about them. But I was there and Im not careless with the truth. They were brothers, but bound by more than blood. They were twins as well, counterparts. Gangster princes of the city they meant to conquer. Ron Kray was a one-man London mob. Bloodthirsty, illogical, and funny as well. My Reggie was different. Once in a lifetime do you find a street-fighting man like Reg. ...
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Are You Sure
Written by Buddy Emmons, Willie Nelson
Performed by Duffy
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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The Most Surprisingly Exquisite Film of the year!
26 September 2015 | by Movie_Minx_77See all my reviews

First off, hats off to the acting in this film - the cast did an amazing job.

I was worried when I saw the trailer but I gave it a chance and I'm so glad I did. Truly a very well put together film, with a plot that carried it through and several audience members including myself cried at times.

It showed the brothers in a different light. Allowing the audience to love them, hate them, sympathise and empathise with them. Tom hardy played both brothers excellently and hats off to the supporting actress who played Frances Kray - she did a fantastic job.

A film you could re-watch again and again, the atmosphere and the wardrobe were key aspects of this film and the director delivered on pulling out all the stops. The script was beautifully written.

That said, I'd ask you to remember that this film is from one take on the Krays, they were a complex pair and short of holding a séance, we will never know what went on in their minds - this film is an adaptation of an account. Though in my own opinion it was probably the most accurate hollywood portayl that has been produced to date.

Judge it on what you see, don't waste time with trailers that spoil parts for you. Buy a ticket and some popcorn and enjoy!


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