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The Wee Man (2012)




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1970's Blackhill, Glasgow: 11-year-old Paul Ferris has learned quickly that life on the street is tough. Everyone knows their place. Poverty breeds corruption, crime, violence and bullying. Growing up immersed in a culture of crime, Ferris finally snaps when tormented one too many times by a vicious gang of bullying neighbourhood brothers who have made his childhood a living hell. Now in his late teens, despite his father's advice and in the frustrated knowledge that the law enforcement and police do nothing to help, he decides to take on his tormentors alone and systematically wreak vengeance on them. Consequently attracting a street reputation, Ferris is sought out by the 'Godfather' of the Glaswegian gangster community, Arthur Thompson Snr. Again ignoring his father's advice, he starts to work for the gangland boss throughout the '80s and '90s, rising through the ranks.

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Critic Reviews for The Wee Man

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

The violent past of onetime Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris yields a banal biopic in "The Wee Man," returning multihyphenate Ray Burdis ("Love, Honor and Obey") to the director's chair after an absence of 13 years.

February 7, 2013 | Full Review…
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A crudely directed, typically unreliable gangster biopic, based on a memoir by Glaswegian hard man Paul Ferris.

January 18, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As a whole, it's forgettable.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Tediously self-satisfied at best, like a shady old bar bore holding you hostage.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

But here, the various power-plays and shifting alliances feel like musical chairs, while [Ray] Burdis's attempts to make [Paul] Ferris sympathetic are undercooked.

September 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Blows any intrigue by piling on one gangster movie cliché after another.

January 21, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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