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High heels and low lives (High heels and lowlifes)

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Movie propaganda

A life of crime never looked so attractive.

High heels and low lives follows two best friends, Frances (Mary McCormack) an aspiring actress still waiting for her big break, and Shannon (Minnie Driver), a nurse, struggling to do good with limited resources, who accidentally overhear a heist taking place in their neighbourhood. Frustrated with the way their lives are going, they devise a seemingly simple plan to blackmail the gang. But when one innocent phone call pitches them deep into a criminal world, events spiral out of control and the girls realise that they have taken on far more than they could have ever bargained for.

Empowered by their friendship, they use their wits to perfect break-ins, shoot outs and drop-offs as they lure the criminals into an increasingly precarious trap.

Persons of interest

  • Mary McCormack .... Frances
  • Minnie Driver .... Shannon
  • Len Collin
  • Danny Dyer
  • Kevin Eldon
  • Michael Gambon
  • Kevin McNally
  • Julian Wadham
  • Mark Williams
  • Kim Fuller .... Screenwriter
  • Mel Smith .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Girlpower!

Most crime films are made by boys for boys but High heels and low lives lets the girls mix it up with the big boys in a scenario that's not unbelievable. There're plenty of thrills, lots of action and more English accents than you can shake a mad dog at. It makes a nice change from Lock, stock and two smoking barrels and Snatch.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Special features:
    • Action Overload
    • Commentary: Mel Smith, Kim Fuller
    • High heels and low lives
  • Subtitles: English, English captions

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

83 minutes (1:23 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated April 2002
DVD rental: 21 August 2002
VHS rental: 21 August 2002

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