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Attack the Block finds U.S. distribution

04.06.2011

It looks like the fairly hyped ATTACK THE BLOCK has found a distributor here in the U.S.

According to Deadline, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up U.S. rights to the film. Screen Gems will be the one to release the story about alien invaders in South London. But the question that stands out in my mind is whether or not they will add the subtitles to the film. Editor and El Bossorino Mike Sampson mentioned this in his article on the subject, that even though the "dialogue is rich with thick accents and local slang, it's no more difficult to understand than SHERLOCK HOLMES, a movie that made over $200 million in the US alone." After watching the trailer I never once thought, "Maybe this movie should have subtitles...". However, are the subtitles really that big of a deal? Subtitles shouldn't draw you away from a movie. Unfortunately though, this is something that does happen.

President for Screen Gems, Clint Culpepper said this about the film, "Steve Bersch screened this film for me and I fell completely in love with it. The film is, at once, charming, scary, funny, hip, clever and completely hits its mark. I hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with these incredibly talented filmmakers.

The film directed by Joe Cornish won the Midnight Feature Audience Award at SXSW.

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Extra Tidbit: If you haven't seen the trailer, you can check it out here.
Source: Deadline

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3:26PM on 04/07/2011
GLad well get to see this film. i dont think it will make a lot of money but i will see it at least. No subtitles its the engish language for christ sake. open your ears and youll understand them.
GLad well get to see this film. i dont think it will make a lot of money but i will see it at least. No subtitles its the engish language for christ sake. open your ears and youll understand them.
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10:56AM on 04/07/2011

Disagree with Mike Sampson

This is great news! Its' finally coming to the US. And I hope they have subtitles. I've seen quite a few UK movies where it was hard to understand what they are saying, so I turned on the subtitles. A perfect example is Eden Lake. It contained youngsters, just like Attack The Block, and their accents were heavy and the slang was hard to comprehend.

I have to disagree with Mike Sampson. There are different dialects in the UK, not just one. So everyone doesn't talk like the characters in
This is great news! Its' finally coming to the US. And I hope they have subtitles. I've seen quite a few UK movies where it was hard to understand what they are saying, so I turned on the subtitles. A perfect example is Eden Lake. It contained youngsters, just like Attack The Block, and their accents were heavy and the slang was hard to comprehend.

I have to disagree with Mike Sampson. There are different dialects in the UK, not just one. So everyone doesn't talk like the characters in Sherlock Holmes. I think his analogy was absolutely terrible.
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9:00PM on 04/06/2011
Sweet, I was hoping this would get picked up. I'm looking forward to seeing this, it looks like a fun movie. And the glowing review of it helps me to be more enthusiastic.
Sweet, I was hoping this would get picked up. I'm looking forward to seeing this, it looks like a fun movie. And the glowing review of it helps me to be more enthusiastic.
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7:41PM on 04/06/2011

I rewatched the trailer. And I'm not against throwing subtitles in.

1. I've watched a good bit of British tv and movies and I did have a couple points where I was like "What?
2. I would cry laughing at a theatrical movie in English with subtitles because people can't understand a damn word.
1. I've watched a good bit of British tv and movies and I did have a couple points where I was like "What?
2. I would cry laughing at a theatrical movie in English with subtitles because people can't understand a damn word.
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6:36PM on 04/06/2011

Been waiting for this movie for a while.

Here in the UK we have been infested with awful, "hoodie horror" movies and "hoodie" movies which paint these guys all out to murder the elderly (Harry Brown), terrorise posh people (Eden Lake, Cherry Tree Lane). While there are a few reported incidents of working class kids (in hooded tops) being bad eggs there is little to represent that their actions are motivated by something innocent, and not all of them are inherently bad.

I hope. I really, really hope that Attack the Block is the
Here in the UK we have been infested with awful, "hoodie horror" movies and "hoodie" movies which paint these guys all out to murder the elderly (Harry Brown), terrorise posh people (Eden Lake, Cherry Tree Lane). While there are a few reported incidents of working class kids (in hooded tops) being bad eggs there is little to represent that their actions are motivated by something innocent, and not all of them are inherently bad.

I hope. I really, really hope that Attack the Block is the start of a turnaround, where "hoodies," as they're affectionately known, are shown in a human light. Not just a black and light white.

Similar to how 'Boyz in the Hood' and 'Menace II Society' showed both sides of young black men in America, in the early 90s. Like the Morris Chestnut and Cuba Gooding Jr. character in 'Boyz...'
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6:13PM on 04/06/2011
This looks like shit. I'm from the UK and think it just look like the stereotypical British shit that keeps getting released these days. Screw this kinda film. And this is coming from someone who loves Alien-related stuff.
This looks like shit. I'm from the UK and think it just look like the stereotypical British shit that keeps getting released these days. Screw this kinda film. And this is coming from someone who loves Alien-related stuff.
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5:54PM on 04/06/2011
Awesome news! But I'll probably wait until the DVD comes out. French being my first language, I will DEFINITELY need subtitles to enjoy it thoroughly (just like Trainspotting and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
Awesome news! But I'll probably wait until the DVD comes out. French being my first language, I will DEFINITELY need subtitles to enjoy it thoroughly (just like Trainspotting and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
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