44 Inch Chest

It sounded good: a bunch of foulmouthed geezers taking bloody revenge on the French lover boy (Melvil Poupaud) who stole the wife (Joanne Whalley) of their car-salesman mate (Ray Winstone). With the acting power of Ian McShane, Stephen Dillane, Tom Wilkinson and John Hurt joining Winstone in a swearing challenge that could make David Mamet blush, 44 Inch Chest had the makings of the next Sexy Beast, since it shares the same screenwriters, Louis Mellis and David Scinto. But unlike Beast director Jonathan Glazer, Malcolm Venville coaches his ace acting team to ring infinite variations on the word "cunt" without realizing that there's a difference between exposing misogyny and crassly exploiting it.

From The Archives Issue 137: June 21, 1973
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