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The Many Faces of Sean Bean

How To Get Ahead In Advertising

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Sean Bean ... Larry Frisk
Richard E. Grant ... Denis Dimbleby Bagley
Richard Wilson ... John Bristol, Bagley's Boss
Rachel Ward ... Julia Bagley
Jacqueline Tong ... Penny Wheelstock
John Shrapnel ... Psychiatrist
Susan Wooldridge ... Monica
Hugh Armstrong ... Harry Wax
Mick Ford ... Richard
Jacqueline Pearce ... Maud
Directed by ... Bruce Robinson
Screenplay ... Bruce Robinson
In this inventive, bizarre satire, a top-notch advertising executive becomes fed up in the midst of trying to come up with a pitch for a new pimple cream. He chucks his job and rebels against society at large. The cream ultimately may have come in handy, as a boil develops on his neck - and soon begins to talk....

Sean appears in the first scene of this movie.

Filming began on 06 June 1988 on location and at Shepperton Studios, and lasted for six weeks.
How To Get Ahead In Advertising


War Requiem

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Sean Bean ... German Soldier
Nathaniel Parker ... Wilfred Owen
Tilda Swinton ... Nurse
Laurence Olivier ... Old Soldier
Patricia Hayes ... Mother
Nigel Terry ... Abraham
Owen Teale ... Unknown Soldier
Rohan McCullough ... Enemy Mother
Directed by ... Derek Jarman
Poems ... Wilfred Owen
War Requiem, portrayed without dialogue from the principal players to the accompaniment of Benjamin Britten's masterwork, the 1961 oratorio War Requiem, is a parade of images - brutal, exquisite, erotic, and painterly. Derek Jarman presents a hallucinatory vision of war, drawing on the life and verse of WWI poet Wilfred Owen, who was killed on a French battlefield two weeks before the Armistice. Owen's preoccupations include the Christ-like martyrdom of soldiers, the interplay of sexuality and death, the pity and horror evoked by the mutilation of young bodies.

Primarily seen as an anti-war film of surpassing power, War Requiem has also been interpreted as a metaphorical treatment of the devastation of youth by AIDS. The soundtrack recording of Britten's music is by the London Symphony Orchestra with soloists including Peter Pears and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Laurence Olivier's cameo in this film was his last screen appearance.

Filming began on 17 October 1988 and lasted for 18 days. War Requiem had its world premiere on 06 January 1989 and its European debut at The Berlin Film Festival. It was broadcast on BBC2 at Easter, 1989.
War Requiem

The Fifteen Streets

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Sean Bean ... Dominic O'Brien
Owen Teale ... John O'Brien
Clare Holman ... Mary Llewellyn
Frank Windsor ... James Llewellyn
Billie Whitelaw ... Beatrice Llewellyn
Ian Bannen ... Peter Bracken
Jane Horrocks ... Christine Bracken
Anny Tobin ... Mary Ellen O'Brien
Directed by ... David Wheatley
Writer ... Rob Bettinson
From the novel ... Catherine Cookson
Etched in blood, passion and tragedy, The Fifteen Streets is an intensely moving Victorian-era drama, based on the best-selling novel by Catherine Cookson, one of England's most celebrated and beloved authors.

John O'Brien is a dock worker who fights against the suffering around him with his heart, unlike the members of his rowdy, brawling family - which includes his wayward and mean-spirited brother Dominic.

After a chance meeting with his sister's beautiful teacher, Mary Llewellyn, romance blossoms for John. But this appears doomed because of the very nature of the classes of society which separate them. The arrival of a family of spiritual healers, or "spooks", complicates matters, as does the surprise pregnancy of Nancy, a local girl who accuses John of being the father. No one, however, is prepared for the eventual tragedy which will affect the lives of everyone in the street.

Filmed on location in Newcastle and Heaton. Other locations included the Beamish Museum in Co Durham and the Marsden Grotto in South Shields. Filming began 22 March 1989 and lasted for six weeks.
The Fifteen Streets


The Storyteller: The True Bride

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Sean Bean ... Prince
John Hurt ... The Storyteller
Jane Horrocks ... Anja
Brian Henson ... Storyteller's Dog
Directed by ... Peter Smith
Screenplay ... Anthony Minghella
Jim Henson's The Storyteller originally ran on HBO in the United States between 1987 and 1989, and in the UK on Channel 4. All nine episodes of The Storyteller were written by Anthony Minghella. Combining live action and puppetry, the shows featured such top actors as John Hurt, Brenda Blethyn, Jonathan Pryce, Joely Richardson and Miranda Richardson.

The True Bride, taken from an early German folk tale, concerns itself with Anja, the daughter of a cruel troll who delights in handing her impossible tasks, and then beating her when she fails to complete them.

The True Bride was filmed in March 1988 at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood.
The Storyteller: The True Bride

Stormy Monday

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Sean Bean ... Brendan
Melanie Griffith ... Kate
Sting ... Finney
Tommy Lee Jones ... Cosmo
Directed by ... Mike Figgis
Screenplay ... Mike Figgis
Stormy Monday, Mike Figgis's theatrical debut, is an intensely atmospheric romantic thriller set in Newcastle during American Week. Sean Bean stars as jazz-fan Brendan, who finds work as a cleaner at a nightclub run by Finney.

Unwittingly, Brendan becomes involved in a hostile bid by New Orleans gangster Fred Cosmo to take over the club. Matters are further complicated when Brendan falls for an American waitress, who is not only Cosmo's girlfriend - she is on-call as an escort for Cosmo's visiting friends.

Some classy dialogue, starkly evocative photography and a moody score by Figgis help make this one of the most compelling British thrillers in recent years.

Filming began on 07 July 1987 with a budget of #2 million.

Stormy Monday was selected for the Director's Fortnight at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.
Stormy Monday



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Sean Bean ... Capt. Bolton
Ian Charleson ... Maj. Brendan Archer
Susannah Harker ... Angela Spencer
Ian Richardson ... Edward Spencer
Emer Gillespie ... Sarah Devlin
Directed by ... Christopher Morahan
Screenplay ... Charles Sturridge
From the novel by ... J.G. Farrell
Set in 1919 at a huge, decaying hotel on the Wicklow coast, the Majestic is symbolic of the doomed splendour and folly of British rule in Ireland, and the focus throughout is on its flawed and fading inhabitants, rather than on the forces of independence. A grand hotel fallen into decay, two women with secrets and a dangerous political situation about to boil over - these intriguing elements all combine in this gripping drama.

In 1919, Major Brendan Archer arrives in Ireland to reunite with his fiancie, Angela Spencer. Unfortunately, the family home, The Majestic Hotel, is a decaying shadow of its former self, as is Angela. Puzzled by the changes, Archer's attentions are soon drawn to her lively friend, Sarah Devlin, a passionate Irish nationalist. They fall in love, but the Major soon discovers some disturbing aspects about their relationship which threaten to explode into violence, destruction and murder.

In a departure from the traditional voice-over, the characters speak directly to the camera, while the novel's "documentary" narrative - the "troubles" going on all over the world - is played out by some deaf and short-sighted elderly ladies who spend their days reading stories from the newspapers to one another.


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Sean Bean ... Ranuccio
Nigel Terry ... Caravaggio
Tilda Swinton ... Lena
Ian Richardson ... Edward Spencer
Michael Gough ... Cardinal Del Monte
Dexter Fletcher ... Young Caravaggio
Dawn Archibald ... Pipo
Directed by ... Derek Jarman
Screenplay ... Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Nicholas Ward Jackson, Derek Jarman
Partly based on the known facts about the painter's life, the film follows Caravaggio's childhood on the streets of Rome, where he sold his paintings, to his sponsorship by the wealthy Cardinal Del Monte. His models were usually prostitutes and low-life street people, including Ranuccio, a streetwise gambler with whom he becomes infatuated when he hires him as one of his models. His constant companion was a deaf-mute boy he'd bought as a child who fled with him from Rome after Caravaggio killed Ranuccio and fled to Naples where he died a pauper.

His inauspicious demise was an indirect result of the drama brought about by Ranuccio's prostitute girlfriend Lena when she announces she is pregnant. There is some question as to the identity of the father, since Caravaggio has also fallen in love with her. Lena is later found dead, having drowned in the river, and Ranuccio is arrested and charged with her murder. Caravaggio believes Ranuccio innocent and engineers his release, only to find his model now admits to the killing. Enraged, Caravaggio slits Ranuccio's throat.

It is a film filled with eccentricities, some involving the use of deliberate anachronisms. Caravaggio is credited with inventing chiaroscuro, a style of theatrical lighting employing artfully placed shadows, and this technique is carried over into the actual design of the film, where is used in the live recreation of Caravaggio's paintings.

Filmed, on a shoestring budget of $715,000 from the British Film Institute, in abandoned warehouses along the Thames River in the Isle of Dogs in London. Production began on 02 September 1985 and ended six weeks later.


The Practice

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Sean Bean ... Terry Donlan
Nicola Cowper ... Heather Golding
Jenny Linden ... Gillian Golding
John Fraser ... Dr. Lawrence Golding
Jonathan Morris ... Mick Forrester
Amanda York ... Angie Donlan
Rob Edwards ... Dr. Chris Clark
Brigit Forsyth ... Dr. Judith Vincent
Judi Hawkins ... Carla
Directed by ... Pedr James, Dave Richards
Writer ... Janey Preger
The Practice was a British tv medical drama series which aired 1985-1986. Produced by Granada Television, it was inspired by the Australian series A Country Practice. The stories revolved around the staff and patients of a northern health centre.

In "I Can Handle It", things are going missing from Dr. Golding's home: valuable china figures, a table lighter, #20 in cash.... His wife Gillian suspects their teenage daughter Heather. As the Goldings tackle the marital problems which have separated them, they face a new danger threatening their already disrupted home life. Heather is helping to finance her new boyfriend Mick Forrester's drug habit. And she wants to join in: "I'm not an addictive personality," she says. "I can handle it."

Angie and Terry Donlan are risking eviction from their slum flat because of a protest rent strike. But when their young son Wayne is taken ill into hospital, they stand to lose more than their home. "You know what will happen, don't you?" says Terry. "They'll take the kid away and we won't see him again."

The Health Centre's new abrasive junior partner Chris Clark is winning few friends among his colleagues. "Did we make a mistake taking him on?" asks Dr. Vincent. But Dr. Vincent finds out who her own friends are when a surprise visitor drops in on her 40th birthday party.

In "The Tragedy of Heroin", Heather's relationship with Forrester leads to a domestic confrontation with her mother, Gillian, and father, senior partner Dr. Lawrence Golding. It is only when Heather meets heroin addict Carla - "the saddest person I've ever seen" - that she realises the dangers of addiction and Mick's own hard-hearted ruthlessness. "She must have more different chemicals in her than ICI," says Mick. But when tragedy strikes Carla it is Heather who responds - and faces the threat of discovery by the Police.

Angie and Terry Donlan are evicted from their slum flat. And when Health Visitor Carol Stansfield helps to smuggle their sick son into hospital without Terry's knowledge his anger explodes into violence.

Sean appeared in two episodes of The Practice: "I Can Handle It," on June 13 and "The Tragedy of Heroin," on June 20, 1986. The two episodes were filmed at Granada's Manchester studios in August 1985.

Samson and Delilah

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Sean Bean ... Billy
Bernard Hill ... Willie Naknervis
Lindsay Duncan ... Alice Nankervis
Vicki Masson ... Maryann
Patrick Jordan ... Sergeant
Directed by ... Mark Peploe
Screenplay ... Mark Peploe
From the Novel by ... D.H. Lawrence
Cornwall, 1914. A well-dressed man gets off a bus. He reaches a mining village and enters the inn. The landlady, mother of an only daughter, is clearly attracted to him. But when the light falls on his face, and she sees him better, her attitude suddenly changes. Tensely she waits for closing time and hurries everyone out. But the stranger refuses to budge.

The woman's anger turns to fury when the man tells her he's her husband, returned from America after 16 years. She denies him and has him tied up and forcibly thrown out. From her window, the daughter watches this man, who could be her father, free himself from his ropes and walk away.

Later that night, the man comes back for a second time.
Samson and Delilah


Exploits At West Poley

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Sean Bean ... Scarred Man
Brenda Fricker ... Aunt Draycott
Jonathan Adams ... Miller Griffin
Charlie Condou ... Leonard
Noel O'Connell ... Job Tray
Directed by ... Diarmuid Lawrence
Screenplay ... James Andrew Hall
From the Novel by ... Thomas Hardy
A motherless boy goes to stay with his widowed aunt cousin in West Poley. The two cousins explore the local caves, finding a secret cave inside a larger one with an underground stream. They change the direction of this stream with disastrous results for West Poley, but much to the delight of East Poley's residents. Changing the stream back involves another young boy (apprenticed to the cruel miller) and two life threatening incidents.

Sean appears as Scarred Man (a resident of East Poley) in two scenes and in the second scene has several lines of speech. Filming took place from 07 Oct 1985 until 01 November 85. Locations included the Chilterns, Maple Durham Estate; Woodstock; Iver Heath and Elstree Studios.

Exploits at West Poley won 1st prize at the Portugal Film Festival and 2nd prize at the Chicago Film Festival.
Exploits At West Poley


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Sean Bean ... Lurch
Mick Ward ... Joey
Tom Davidson ... Spansky
Directed by ... Christopher Menaul
Screenplay ... Stephen Wakelam
In South Yorkshire in 1978, Joey is uncomplicated extrovert. He wants money, sex and freedom (not necessarily in that order) and is doing well on all three fronts. Spansky is a bookish lad who has left school for a job as a groundsman at an ancient monument. By studying form and placing surreptitious bets, he has maintained a winning streak that has laid a nice fat bankroll under his pillow. Reluctantly, he agrees to go into a betting partnership with his old mate, Joey.

Punters is an intricate and fascinating portrait of a gambler -- not showing an old failure who cannot stop backing horses -- but a young success who does stop (much to the fury of his uncomprehending friend). The Epilogue finds Joey as a family man amiably enjoying his wife's earnings and Spansky as an earnest university maths student.

Sean can be spotted in a scene that takes place in a disco. He has several lines. Filmed in Doncaster, production began on 05 February 1984 and ended on 01 March 1984.


The Bill: Long Odds

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Sean Bean ... Horace Clark
John Salthouse ... Det. Insp. Galloway
Eric Richard ... Sgt. Cryer
Colin Blumenau ... P.C. Edwards
Tony Scannell ... Det. Sgt. Roach
Peter Ellis ... Chief Supt. Brownlow
Gary Olsen ... P.C. Litten
Mark Wingett ... P.C. Carver
Trudie Goodwin ... W.P.C. Ackland
Directed by ... John Michael Phillips
Writer ... Geoff McQueen
The Bill is a British drama series centered around a Metropolitan Police Station in London, England. The stories are set in Sun Hill, located in the fictitious Borough of Canley, in northeast London.

In this episode, Long Odds, series regular Litten recognises the picture of a man wanted for armed robbery but, instead of telling Cryer, he goes straight to Galloway - and is reprimanded by both men.

Meanwhile a couple of thugs, Horace Clark and his mate, are robbing local shopkeepers. Edwards pursues a mugger into a dangerous building, the floor collapses, and he lies buried until help arrives.

Episode H4 - First aired in UK 6 November 1984 (Season #1), The Bill was filmed in the summer of 1984 and is one of the original 50 minute stories from the program's first season. Filmed on location in London, and in a purpose-built "police station" in a single-storey warehouse and office complex in Artichoke Hill, Wapping, in the East End of London.

The Bill is still filmed on location in London, although the set of Sun Hill Police Station is now located on an industrial estate in Merton, South West London. The series is filmed using a hand held camera, to give it a "fly on the wall" feeling.
The Bill


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Sean Bean ... Hooker
Tim Bentinck ...... Jack
Nicola Cowper ..... Angie
Reece Dinsdale .... Mal
Directed by ... Roy Battersby
Writer ... Alan Janes
Mal Stanton, a new recruit to the RAF, is a studious young man, thoroughly involved with his duties at a Strike Force base. But then he meets Angie, a young barmaid, and is immediately attracted to her. Angie is drawn to Mal's gentle innocence, so different from the rough bullying she knows from the bar. When they have been dating only a short time, Angie confesses to Mal that she is pregnant and does not even know the father's name.

Mal, enjoying the manly reputation that Angie's pregnancy has given him among the soldiers, asks the reluctant Angie to marry him. Angie agrees to marry him, but only if they wait until the baby is born as she may yet give up the baby for adoption. Mal sets out to prove his love to Angie, vowing that no one will know the baby is not truly his. Or will they?

Winter Flight was shot on location in the spring of 1984 at airfields in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.



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