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The Krays is a 1990 British drama film based on the lives and crimes of the English gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, often referred to as The Krays and was the first cinematic production about the twins. The film was written by Philip Ridley and directed by Peter Medak. Charlie Kray acted as senior consultant during production and the twins received £255,000 for the film.

Plot Edit

The film charts the lives of the Kray twins from childhood to adult life. The plot focuses on the relationship between the twins and their doting mother (Whitelaw). Ronald (Gary Kemp) is the dominant one, influencing his brother Reginald (Martin Kemp) to perform several acts of violence as they rise to power as the leaders of a powerful organised gang in 1960s London.

Main cast Edit

Awards Edit

  • Nominee Best Supporting Actress - BAFTA (Billie Whitelaw)
  • Winner Best Film - Evening Standard British Film Awards (Peter Medak)
  • Winner Most Promising Newcomer - Evening Standard British Film Awards (Philip Ridley)
  • Winner Best Actress - International Fantasy Film Awards (Fantasporto) (Billie Whitelaw)
  • Nominee Best Film - International Fantasy Film Awards (Fantasporto) (Peter Medak)
  • Winner George Delerue Prize for Music - Ghent International Film Festival (Michael Kamen)

Soundtrack Edit

The film soundtrack came out on the Parkfield music label and featured:

  • Chris Rea – "Bitter Sweet"
  • The Zombies – "She's Not There"
  • Jimmy Jewel – "Balling the Jack"
  • Matt Monro – "Walk Away"

See also Edit