A stunning film! My mum thought it was better than the original God Father, I don't know about that but I thought Martin Compston and John Hannah's performances were powerful. They was not allowed to film in Glasgow and were forced to shoot in London which was a shame but I think it come across OK. It was slated by the critics, surprise surprise, but went on to take number 2 box office average first week under Les Miss not bad for a film shot on a shoe string. All in all it is another British film and a bit of support wouldn't go a miss folks.I went out and bought 10 DVD's and <more>
gave them to my friends... I suppose I would though being the director! Ray xxx
calls BS on The Godfather and rightly so (by artrouble21)
A brilliant movie, beautiful to watch in it's way, a damn near perfect film in it's true to life portrayal of the Glaswegian underworld. The American gangster movie is highly lauded but this film resets the genre to a different place and a more recent period, and this time it is the real McCoy not some Hollywood fiction with over blown "action" and set piece fictional events. This is set in the real world of a broken city. Not much to say other than worth your time. Yes in places the local accent will be a slight challenge for some but this movie delivers both in <more>
storytelling and cinematography. The compelling performance of Martin Compston as Paul Ferris is an eyeful, an actor to watch but in truth an all round great cast. Director Ray Burdis has elevated a hackneyed genre to an unexpected level. I think I'll watch it again.
Ray Burdis has been an entertaining talent to British audiences since the 1970's others may remember him from spoof cop series 'Operation Good Guys' or even the excellent film 'Love, Honor and obey'; either way he also directs and writes. This is his take on the auto biography of Paul Ferris the notorious gangster from Glasgow. Ferris is played by Martin Compston 'Sweet Sixteen', 'Sister' and 'Strippers vs Werewolves' - cant win em all and as ever he really delivers.The film takes us back to Ferris' early days and the Glasgow of the 1970's <more>
when he was picked on by the Welshes for supporting the wrong team and as a result he claimed he developed debilitating psoriasis in his book . His father tells him to be a lion and never a lamb and after being pushed too far he becomes just like them. Only a lot more violent. Thus begins his life of crime and violence.He gets sent to a detention centre and after a few more run ins at the age of just nineteen the local heavy Arthur Thompson locally called 'The Godfather' takes him on as an 'enforcer' and he takes to it like a duck to water, quite a lot of 'water' to be honest. Thompson is played by Patrick Bergin who always does great character roles and never really gets the recognition he deserves, still I digress. This then takes us on a spiral of violence that ultimately has to get out of control for all concerned.So is it any good? Well it depends on the knowledge of the viewer; as a film it is ruddy good but as a piece of fact based historical drama then there are many who say it about as accurate as that American film that found the enigma machine on a U Boat. The accents go from brilliant Glaswegian to a bit Edinburghish, which I am fine with and at least they are all Scottish. Portraying Ferris as a loving family man who was pushed into a life of crime is also a bit of a stretch, but that is following his book so it was always going to be a bit along the lines of 'I'm not a complete monster' as with the Krays brothers people always said 'they weren't all bad, they loved their mum'., well not much in the outstanding good will department, but it is a start. However I judged this as a film and I thought it was extremely good but not a keeper hence my rating but I wish Ray Burdis all the best in his next venture and it is good to see a film that
Ray Burdis and The Wee Man the life and crimes of reformed gangster Paul Ferris charts the rise of a boy who gets a good kicking from a local bully family while growing up in the mean streets of Glasgow. Ray Burdis tells a far better tale than both Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen and Peter Mullan's Neds because it's based on a true story.The biopic of ex- gangster Paul Ferris has all the hallmarks of a great success for Carnaby and for the director Ray Burdis. The Wee Man's story of a relentlessly bullied kid forced into a life of crime by the violence is the catalyst that made <more>
Ferris who he is today.Ferris then comes to the attention of Glasgow godfather Arthur Thompson and is caught up in the Glasgow gang warfare. Ferris becomes immersed in a world of betrayal, corruption and extreme violence and is lucky to survive to tell his life story.
Raw and dramatic, worth watching with some funny odd? twists (by raustin-10)
I was interested to see this movie as I had heard about it in production and thought a Scottish gangster film would be entertaining. Well, first you have to tune in to the Scottish accent which my wife found pretty hard. But other than that I found it a very enjoyable romp with a few scenes that make you flinch or smile but without the use of close up gore. How accurate it is historically is questionable but that is true of almost all "true life" movies, nevertheless the characters are well developed and largely believable and there are some great performances from Martin Compston <more>
as Ferris, John Hannah as Tam McGraw and particularly Stephen McCole as a troubled Junior Thomson. Watch it with an open mind and enjoy, The Godfather it isn't but for a low budget UK produced movie it is good entertainment.
Really enjoyed Wee Man. It made it more interesting knowing it is based on the true life story of Paul Ferris. A Scottish gangster who was into crime at 17 and a main Glasgow gangster from the 80s. This story shows how he was bullied, betrayed, loyalties tried and the power gained and the terror maintained. With flash backs of the sound advice from his father he ignored. With the violence In and out of prison. I was unaware of these events until seeing this film. Don't remember if his terror made the news. This British gangster film is well worth a watch. The ending of the film left it <more>
open for a sequel. Will go and read the books now.
Absorbing gangster drama - if you don't get hung up on authenticity (by justincward)
The heavily edited and revised story of Paul Ferris, Glasgow hard man gangster and his reform - maybe it's one-sided, but that's what makes it enjoyable as a drama. It's by no means a documentary! The tale of a bullied kid taking revenge on his tormentors, becoming as bad as those who bullied him and finally 'turning his back on crime' is well paced and well told, whether or not you are bothered about how true to life it is. Martin Compton's lead performance is really great, and all the usual Scottish suspects, and a few unusual ones, put in a good turn. The depiction <more>
of horrific violence is very well judged - shocking but not gratuitous. TWM transports you to a fantasy place and keeps you there, which in my book is the mark of a good movie.