Johnny is a former criminal who is pushed into an organised theft scheme against his better judgement. The plan is to seize one million pounds in cash from the affluent mob leader 'Shrewd' Eddie who has the money stashed in a briefcase and hidden at his home in Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England where he lives with his stunning young girlfriend Porsche. However, Johnny is not the only person set to snatch the wealth from the boss; a higher power in the shape of Jimmy The Gent of the London mob is set to steal back what is rightfully his along with seven other criminals, with none of them having a clue about the others.
This gritty British crime thriller rivals other mob movies of the nation including 'Snatch' and 'Love, Honour and Obey' with all the potential for just as much success. It has been written and directed by David L.G. Hughes in his first feature film whose previous experience in Essex mobster flicks come in the 'Hard Boiled Sweets' short prequel 'A Girl and A Gun' which features characters from the upcoming movie. HBS is set for release in the US from September 25th 2012 having premiered in the UK already back in March.
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The Deal is a prequel to The Queen only in the sense that it involves historical details that occurred before those in The Queen. It also involves the same writer, director, and star Michael Sheen, who also plays Tony Blair in this film. The movie involves succession to the position of British Prime Minister in the late 1990s, which found young guns Tony Blair and Gordon Brown both riding high in the liberal Labour Party, rapidly becoming the most popular party in the country and one which delivered a crushing defeat to the Conservative Party in the 1997 elections.
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Leigh's storied, unconventional approach to filmmaking is part acting workshop, part pure cinema... and a performer's dream. He assembles a troupe of players, introduces them to character and storyline, and works through weeks of improvisation. The movie's dialogue and action are created on the spot during that exercise, are later morphed into a note-jammed screenplay, and then become a polished film.
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