The Limey

1999

The Limey

Critics Consensus

Crafted with eccentric moodiness and style by Steven Soderbergh, The Limey is also a gritty neo-noir showcase for the talent of leading man Terence Stamp.

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Joe Dallesandro
as Uncle John
Peter Fonda
as Valentine
William Lucking
as Warehouse Foreman
Bill Duke
as Head DEA Agent
Nancy Lenehan
as Lady on Plane
Wayne Pére
as Pool Hall Creep
Ousan Elam
as DEA Guy
Dwayne McGee
as DEA Guy
Brian Bennet
as DEA Guy
Allan Graf
as Gordon
Carl Ciarflio
as Warehouse Thug
George Marshall Ruge
as Warehouse Thug
Lincoln Simonds
as Warehouse Thug
Rainbow Borden
as Warehouse Sweeper
Michaela Gallo
as Young Jennifer
Jose Perez
as Teen Gun Dealer
Alex Perez
as Teen Gun Dealer
Brandon Keener
as Excited Guy
Jim Jenkins
as Party Guy
Mark Gerschwin
as Party Guy No. 2
Brook Marie Bridges
as Child Actress
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Audience Reviews for The Limey

  • Feb 19, 2013
    If it weren't for the assured direction of Soderbergh, 'The Limey' would be a simply forgettable film. In a way, it kind of is. Stamp's performance is a little sketchy and the script a little rugged, but Soderbergh's thriller has a tasteful touch of noir that does it a solid amount of good.
    Kase V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2012
    The more Soderbergh I see, the less I like him, but I thought this film had a lot going for it. One trick did drive me nuts, though: the edits in which we hear the characters talking while we look at their faces with their mouths not moving. I can see the technical point he might have been trying to make - who says the audio and video have to sync up? - but I don't see what it adds to this particular story, a simple one about a father seeking revenge for his daughter's death. I did, however, enjoy seeing Peter Fonda and Terence Stamp for the first time in decades, and as a straight-ahead noir piece, it's a decent enough flick.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2012
    I want to start off by saying that this is my first time watching a movie directed Steven Soderbergh and I decided to watch it because the titled sounded interesting. While not as bloodthirsty as Liam Neeson in Taken, I found it just as good. The Limey is basically about a Englishman who goes to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter. It reminisces of Taken in which you got an old man wanting revenge, except Terence Stamp is not as well trained in the art of killing. Though he does make his presence well known with his coolness and showcasing no sign of sympathy for killing. Stamp might not kill as much as Neeson, but he certainly fun to watch. Trust me when I say that Terence Stamp is more entertaining killing a few people than Steven Seagal killing dozens of henchmen. He also looks cool doing it despite the fact the movie never shows us. The plot is well put together and the editing gives it a cool style and sometimes plays with your head. There certainly enough twist and smart writing to keep you engage, but familiarization with these kind of movies might hurt the experience for some. It's still nonetheless an exciting thriller with an emotional edge with some good humor sometime lacking from these kind of films. Nearly everything overshadows the plot, the cast which is well put together are all very memorable in their roles. The cinematography at times is amazing with a cool soundtrack. This is a thriller done right, might be a little slow for some, but it's a great watch. The Limey is a great film by director Steven Soderbergh who got me curious about his other films. Sure this kind of movie has been done before, but this one benefits from a great production and cast that helps stand above from others like it.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    An exceptionally well-made revenge-thriller. The only thing better than its attractive performances is Soderbergh's fabulous direction. There is a great shot at the beginning where the camera pans to the right as a plane flies through the air and we come to stop on Terence Stamp walking to his motel room. It's a wonderful shot.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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