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The Limey

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Steven Soderbergh

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About the Movie

Two actors best known for their work in the late 1960s, Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda, star in The Limey, a drama in which a recently released felon contemplates the gulf between aging criminals like himself and their modern counterparts. Wilson (Stamp) is a British career criminal who has been released after nine years in prison. He has learned that his daughter Jenny died under suspicious circumstances in Los Angeles, so he travels to America for the first time to find out what happened and who's responsible. With the help of an ex-con named Ed (Luis Guzman), Wilson discovers Jenny was romantically involved with Valentine (Fonda), a middle-aged record producer with a shady past and a fondness for young women. In hopes of getting the truth — and getting to Valentine — Wilson finds himself doing battle with some of the worst criminals to crawl from the underbelly of Los Angeles; along the way, he also meets Elaine (Lesley Ann Warren), an older actress who knew Jenny and reminds Wilson of how little he really did for his daughter while she was alive. Steven Soderbergh's first film after his commercial comeback with 1998's Out Of Sight, The Limey features, along with Stamp and Fonda, two other notable 60's actors in supporting roles, Barry Newman and Joe Dallesandro.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 80
  • Fresh: 74
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Among Soderbergh's widely varied films, this one actually has the best chance of becoming anyone's sentimental favorite. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Like Pablo Picasso thrillingly exploding old notions of how we perceive faces and wine bottles, director Steven Soderbergh thrillingly splinters time and action in The Limey. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: The crimer suffers from a slim, underdeveloped script by Lem Dobbs (who also write Kafka), but benefits from Soderbergh's astute direction that posits two 1960s cinematic icons, Brit Terrence Stamp and American Peter Fonda as long-time enemies. – Emanuel Levy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Sleek, stylish. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Perhaps my favorite film

This small revenge film catapulted Steven Soderbergh (made right after Out of Sight) into the realm of great directors among many film enthusiasts, including me. It some ways it's a continuation/exploration of the style and methods he discovered in Out of Sight. Anyway, it's an amazing film, full of unusual editing, great performances, great dialogue, and hard-boiled scenes. Buy it here, but the DVD has an amazing commentary track with Soderbergh and the disgruntled writer, who didn't like the way the director remixed the material.

Terence Stamp rocks!

The rest of the cast and the direction don't disappoint, either.

very disapointed

superficial characters -- poor acting -- weak dialogue. I was very disapointed.

The Limey
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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