DVD 91 mins IMDB 7.4 (11,175 votes)
R
Shallow Grave
MGM / UA (1994)
In Collection
#224

My Rating:
7

Seen It:
Yes
(February 2005 )
Drama, Thriller
UK  /  English

Kerry Fox Juliet Miller
Christopher Eccleston David Stevens
Ewan McGregor Alex Law
Keith Allen Hugo
Ken Stott Detective-Inspector
John Hodge Detective-Constable Mitchell
Billy Riddoch Newspaper Editor
Gary Lewis Visitor
John Bett Brian McKinley
Robert David MacDonald Lumsden
Colin McCredie Cameron
Victoria Nairn Visitor
Jean Marie Coffey Goth
Peter Mullan Andy
Leonard O'Malley Tim
David Scoular Cash Machine Victim
Grant Glendinning Bath Victim
Victor Eadie Freezer victim

Director Danny Boyle
Producer Andrew Macdonald
Writer John Hodge
Cinematography Brian Tufano
Musician Simon Boswell; Leftfield
User Credit 1 Masahiro Hirakubo
User Credit 2 Kate Carin

The feature film debut of Scottish director Danny Boyle was a dark, hip, Generation X comedy about a trio of Edinburgh roommates whose narcissistic greed fuels murder and betrayal. Boisterous journalist Alex (Ewan McGregor), flirtatious doctor Juliet (Kerry Fox), and meek accountant David (Christopher Eccleston) possess very different personalities, but the roommates are bonded in mutual, self-absorbed cynicism. Seeking a fourth boarder to share the rent for their stylish flat, they cruelly dismiss several candidates before settling on Hugo (Keith Allen), whose air of detachment meets the roommates' standard of coolness. Hugo's reserve masks criminal involvement, however, as the roommates discover when they find him dead in bed from a drug overdose, with a valise containing enormous amounts of cash. Their nascent greed overwhelms them, and the trio dismembers and buries Hugo, stealing his money. Only David, who understands finance, seems to realize that someone's eventually going to seek out such a large sum. As both drug dealers and police get closer to figuring out the friends' secret, shy, nerdy David becomes violently paranoid, while Juliet's allegiance switches back and forth between her roommates. Boyle teamed subsequently with producer Andrew Macdonald and screenwriter John Hodge on several high-profile films. — Karl Williams

Edition Details
Barcode 027616780027
Region Region 1
Chapters 32
Release Date 3/28/2000
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Original Theatrical Trailer
Collectible Booklet
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Scenes of strong grisly violence, and for some language and nudity.
User Text 2 What's a little murder among friends?
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Notes
Trivia: The film that Ewan McGregor's character is watching on TV is The Wicker Man (1973). (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Alex and David are fighting on the floor David pins Alex to the floor and grabs a knife from the worktop to stab through Alex's shoulder. The knife on the worktop is regular 14 centimeter kitchen knife which would not go through Alex's shoulder. However the knife through Alex's shoulder and the floorboard later on in the same scene is at least 30 centimeters. (more)

Quotes: Alex Law: [to the Goth girl] When you get up in the morning, how do you decide what shade of black to wear? (more)

Awards: 14 wins & 1 nomination (more)