The Last Yellow" is worth checking out for Samantha Morton's perf as a tough, manipulative Cockney babe, a strong contrast to her sex-obsessed Liverpudlian in "Under the Skin" and torch-carrying heroine in the recent "Dreaming of Joseph Lees." Otherwise, this amiable comedy-drama about a jobless loser who unwisely takes on a contract killing has the look and tone of small-screen Brit fare.

The Last Yellow” is worth checking out for Samantha Morton’s perf as a tough, manipulative Cockney babe, a strong contrast to her sex-obsessed Liverpudlian in “Under the Skin” and torch-carrying heroine in the recent “Dreaming of Joseph Lees.” Otherwise, this amiable comedy-drama about a jobless loser who unwisely takes on a contract killing has the look and tone of small-screen Brit fare.

Mark Addy plays Frank, who, kicked out by his mom, boards with a weird trio composed of nerdy Kenny (Charlie Creed-Miles), his human-vegetable brother and drunken grandfather. When Frank brags about being a former Special Air Services soldier, Kenny hires him to kill thug Donut (Alan Atherall) and his g.f., Jackie (Morton), who disabled his brother. After lengthily clearing its throat with mild character comedy, pic moves from Leicester to London and centers on the relationship between Jackie and Frank as they wait in her apartment for Donut to arrive — and whether Frank is up to shooting anybody. Morton fleshes out an OK part and Addy (“The Full Monty”) is watchable as an ensemble actor but lacks leading-man presence. Technically, pic is nothing special.

The Last Yellow

(COMEDY-DRAMA --- BRITISH-GERMAN)

Production

A Scala Prods./Capitol Films/Hollywood Partners presentation, in association with the Arts Council of England and BBC Films, of a Scala/Jolyon Symonds Prods. production. (International sales: Capitol, London.) Produced by Jolyon Symonds. Executive producers,Nik Powell, David M. Thompson, Sandra Schulberg. Co-executive producers, Jane Barclay, Sharon Harel. Directed by Julian Farino. Screenplay, Paul Tucker, based on the play. Camera (Technicolor prints), David Odd; editor, Pia Di Ciaula; music, Adrian Johnston; production designer, John Paul Kelly; art director, Niall Moroney; costumes, Anushia Nieradzik. Reviewed at Edinburgh Film Festival (Focus on British Cinema) , Aug. 24, 1999. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

With: Mark Addy, Charlie Creed-Miles, Samantha Morton, Kenneth Cranham, James Hooton, Steve Sweeney, Alan Atherall, Nicola Stephenson.
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