- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 28, 2000
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.66
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
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Premiere - 02/01/1995
"...Boyle serves up a blackhearted sangfroid buzz..."
Rolling Stone - 02/23/1995
"...The whole thing is a hypnotic blend of mirth and malice..."
USA Today - 02/10/1995
"...One of the most perverse sleepers since the Coen Brothers' BLOOD SIMPLE debut in 1984..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 03/17/1995
"...Glittering, deadpan, nihilistic....Weirdly thrilling..."
Variety - 05/30/1994
"...A tar-black comedy that zings along on a wave of visual and scripting inventiveness....[The] playing and casting are strong down the line..."
New York Times - 02/10/1995
"...Mr. Boyle's nasty ingenuity recalls the playful early days of the Coen brothers....As a tale of death and expediency, SHALLOW GRAVE also invites comparison to Alfred Hitchcock..."
After three roommates finally choose a new roommate they think they can live with, they find him dead on the floor with a suitcase full of cash. While trying to remove the body and extricate themselves from the situation, they wade hip-deep into a world of drugs, greed and madness. A delightfully circuitous, nailbiting, and unpretentious noir, with the murder as a MacGuffin--director Boyle, who gained more acclaim across the Atlantic with follow-up TRAINSPOTTING, is more interested in the gradual psychological disintegration of the roommates.
After three Edinburgh roommates (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, and Kerry Fox) finally choose a new roommate they can live with, they find him dead on the floor with a suitcase full of cash. While trying to remove the body and extricate themselves from the situation, they wade hip-deep into a world of drugs, greed, and madness. Danny Boyle's first feature film is a delightfully circuitous, nail-biting, and unpretentious noir, with the director--and screenwriter John Hodge--focusing on the gradual psychological disintegration of the roommates. Boyle and Hodge would gain even greater acclaim across the Atlantic with their hit follow-up, TRAINSPOTTING. Eccleston would go on to appear in films such as ELIZABETH and THE OTHERS. McGregor, of course, would become Rent Boy and eventually Obi-Wan Kenobi, among many other screen roles.
Black Comedy |
Theatrical Release |
- Shot on location in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland in Rank color.
- Co-produced in the UK by Glasgow Film Fund and Figment Film.
- Directorial debut for Danny Boyle.
- Additional cast: Jean Marie Coffey (Goth) and Peter Mullan (Andy).
- Additional credits: The Sound Design Company (post-production sound) and Grant Mason (special makeup effects).
- Excerpt from the film "The Wicker Man" courtesy Lumiere Pictures Ltd.
- Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- Copyright 1994 Channel Four Television and Glasgow Film Fund.