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Human Traffic (1999)

R | | Comedy, Music | 5 May 2000 (USA)
Five friends spend one lost weekend in a mix of music, love and club culture.

Director:

Justin Kerrigan

Writer:

Justin Kerrigan
9 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Simm ... Jip
Lorraine Pilkington Lorraine Pilkington ... Lulu
Shaun Parkes ... Koop
Nicola Reynolds ... Nina
Danny Dyer ... Moff
Dean Davies Dean Davies ... Lee
Peter Albert Peter Albert ... Lulu's Uncle Eric
Jan Anderson ... Karen Benson
Terence Beesley ... Moff's Father
Sarah Blackburn Sarah Blackburn ... Jip's Ex #2
Anne Bowen Anne Bowen ... Moff's Grandmother
Neil Bowens Neil Bowens ... Asylum Doorman
Peter Bramhill ... Matt
Jo Brand ... Reality (voice)
Stephanie Brooks Stephanie Brooks ... Fleur
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Storyline

The Cardiff club scene in the 90's: five best friends deal with their relationships and their personal demons during a weekend. Jip calls himself a sexual paranoid, afraid he's impotent. Lulu, Jip's mate, doesn't find much to fancy in men. Nina hates her job at a fast food joint, and her man, Koop, who dreams of being a great hip-hop d.j., is prone to fits of un-provoked jealousy. The fifth is Moff, whose family is down on his behavior. Starting Friday afternoon, with preparations for clubbing, we follow the five from Ecstacy-induced fun through a booze-laden come-down early Saturday morning followed by the weekend's aftermath. It's breakthrough time for at least three of them. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Weekend has Landed! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, and for some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B oтрыв! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$104,257

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,257
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 'Making of' feature on the Remixed DVD goes into the difficulties of filming a 4 minute Steadicam tracking shot. This shot never appeared in the final version of the film and led to the first Assistant Director leaving the project. See more »

Goofs

When Jip talks to the manager of the Asylum, Jip asks to use the phone to call his assistant. While he is on the phone, the camera flicks back the manager. In this shot, the phone Jip is supposed to be calling on is clearly visible in the foreground, still on the hook. See more »

Quotes

Koop: [on the phone] Are your legs open you filthy little harlot?
Lulu: Is that you Koop?
Koop: Oh fuck, shit, sorry Lulu. Yeah, is Nina there please? Sorry
[mouths]
Koop: Fucking wanker.
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Alternate Versions

A special edition, Human Traffic Remixed, is available on DVD. This is re-cut with new scenes, new CGI effects, and new tracks. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Kittens
Written by 'Darren Emerson' (as Emerson), Rick Smith (as Smith) & Karl Hyde (as Hyde)
Published by Sherlock Holmes Music/Warner Chappell Music for North USA
Performed by Underworld
Licensed courtesy of JBO Limited/V2 Music Limited
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Any film with Bill Hicks AND Howard Marks can't fail..surely?
15 July 2000 | by stephen nizSee all my reviews

At its end, HUMAN TRAFFIC has hit one note quite charmingly for a breezy ninety minutes, not overstaying its welcome, but never in danger of becoming anything more than a curiosity to its audience.

In fact, it begs the question why the opening credits interspersed footage of protests against the draconian Criminal Justice Bill with scenes of revelry. The film cops out at every opportunity to make a serious comment on disillusioned youth, tied to mind-numbing jobs, a drug generation needing an escape. Any film which contains an affectionate tribute to the prophet Bill Hicks (the best, most astute and concerned stand-up comedian that ever lived), and an inspired cameo from Howard Marks surely demands a bit more substance.

But HUMAN TRAFFIC never allows you to linger on its flaws. It adopts an entirely disjointed narrative, liable to go off on tangents at any stage, for any interval. You get the suspicion the filmmakers think there is something especially inventive about the surreal treatment (which extends little further than illusion sequences and direct-to-audience addresses). But it hardly matters whether the visual tricks hit-or-miss, they offer a surprising, and refreshing way of extending a slim idea out to a relatively full 90 minutes.

Justin Herrigan actually develops the characters to the extent you can't help but care about them. Honest in their weaknesses, they are easy to relate to. He should be applauded for extending the appeal of the film beyond an exclusive target audience. It would be inadvisable to compare it with the much stronger TRAINSPOTTING and TWIN TOWN, although all three are refreshingly different. HUMAN TRAFFIC is an affectionate, semi-autobiographical account of modern culture.


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