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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 9,818 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 30 April 2010 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 100 min
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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)


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  • IMDb page: The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 9,818 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 30 April 2010 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Filming Location: Douglas, Isle of Man
  • Gross: $166,980(USA)(7 November 2010)
  • Director: J Blakeson
  • Stars: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston
  • Original Music By: Marc Canham   
  • Soundtrack: Holy Moly
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Handcuffs | Topless Female Nudity | Men In Underwear | Undressing | Video Taped Ransom Demand

Writing Credits By:

  • J Blakeson (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The first word is spoken 5 minutes and 25 seconds into the film. Roughly another 4 minutes pass before the next one is spoken.

Goofs: Continuity: At one point before Alice is transported, duct tape is wrapped around the hood over her head. In the next scene the tape is no longer there.

Plot: Two men fortify a nondescript British apartment so it can serve as a prison, and then kidnap a woman and tie her to a bed. Before there's even time to react, we're plunged into a very nasty situation, but not a simple one. Full summary »  »

Story: Two criminals, Vic and Danny, kidnap Alice Creed. They fastidiously set-up an apartment building and handcuff Alice to the bed, all in a careful attempt to make sure that she won't escape and they won't get caught. But what do Vic and Danny really want with Alice? And is Alice cunning enough to foil their plans and escape?Written by napierslogs  


Synopsis: Vic and Danny kidnap Alice, the daughter of a rich man, for the ransom money. Unknown to Vic, Danny and Alice are in a relationship and Danny plans to keep all the ransom money for Alice and himself. Alice hates her father for cutting her out of her inheritance, therefore Danny assumes that she will be happy with his plan. She must not be informed about the plan, nor about Danny’s identity; she has to be genuinely frightened, otherwise Vic would become suspicious.

While Vic is away, and Danny is guarding the imprisoned Alice, she manages to grab his gun, which she fires into the wall. When she points the gun at Danny, he is forced to reveal his identity to her, and explain the plan. She is angry, but agrees to play along, for fear of Vic killing them both. Danny finds the empty shell on the floor and has to swallow it to hide it from Vic. Later, while they’re having sex, Alice manages to handcuff Danny to the bed and pick up the gun, which Danny eventually manages to take off her. Vic returns and finds a mobile phone on Alice’s person showing that she has managed to call the police. He also finds the bullet in the wall and he forces Alice to tell him about Danny’s plan.

Vic is shocked that Danny has deceived him, even more so because the two of them are lovers, observing that Danny could not have faked his arousal. Vic shoots Danny in the forest where the money was supposed to be handed over. Vic then goes to Alice who has been locked up in a warehouse. He tries to give her an injection but the wounded Danny overcomes him and shoots him instead, taking the ransom money and leaving Alice there alone. Before Vic dies he gives keys to Alice who manages to escape. She then finds Danny outside the warehouse, also dead, and drives off with the money.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Steve Christian known as executive producer
  • Andrew Fingret known as co-producer
  • Marc Samuelson known as executive producer
  • Adrian Sturges known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Martin Compston known as Danny
  • Eddie Marsan known as Vic
  • Gemma Arterton known as Alice Creed



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Sarita Allison known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • James Husbands known as storyboard artist
  • Richard Miller known as painter
  • Graham Thomas known as construction manager
  • Oli van der Vijver known as property master
  • Oli van der Vijver known as stand-by art director




Production Companies:

  • CinemaNX (presents)
  • Isle of Man Film (presents)

Other Companies:

  • Premier PR  publicity (UK)
  • ARRI Media  Arriflex D-21 camera provided by
  • Abbey Road Studios  music recorded at
  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  music mixed at
  • Nimrod Productions  music recorded at
  • Nimrod Studio Orchestra  orchestra
  • Point1Post  sound re-recording
  • Zound  sound post-production

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  • WestEnd Films (2009) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Anchor Bay Films (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Benelux Film Distributors (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Benelux Film Distributors (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Haut et Court (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Longride (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Maple Pictures (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2010) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (201?) (Germany) (DVD)
  • CN Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • CN Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-Ray)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Dan Alterman known as compositor: Rushes
  • Noel Harmes known as compositor: Rushes
  • Warwick Hewett known as visual effects coordinator: Rushes
  • Louise Hussey known as visual effects producer: Rushes
  • Hayden Jones known as lead compositor: Rushes
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Anthony Laranjo known as compositor: Rushes
  • John Palmer known as digital film bureau manager: Scanning and Laser record
  • Rob Pizzey known as digital colourist
  • Jonathan Privett known as visual effects supervisor: Rushes
  • Aurora Shannon known as digital intermediate assistant

Release Date:

  • Canada 12 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • UK 24 October 2009 (London Film Festival)
  • France 10 April 2010 (Beaune Film Festival)
  • USA 24 April 2010 (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • Ireland 30 April 2010
  • UK 30 April 2010
  • France 9 May 2010 (EuroCine 27)
  • Israel 3 June 2010
  • France 30 June 2010
  • Canada July 2010 (Fantasia International Film Festival)
  • Australia 25 July 2010 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • USA 6 August 2010 (limited)
  • Canada 13 August 2010 (Toronto)
  • Germany 23 August 2010 (Berlin Fantasy Filmfest)
  • Germany 25 August 2010 (Fantasy Filmfest) (Hamburg)
  • Belgium 15 September 2010
  • Finland 28 October 2010 (Night Visions Film Festival)
  • Finland 5 November 2010 (Iik!! Horror Film Festival)
  • Finland 10 November 2010 (DVD premiere) (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Sweden 10 November 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • New Zealand 11 November 2010
  • USA 23 November 2010 (DVD premiere) (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Poland 17 December 2010
  • Netherlands 20 January 2011
  • Argentina 9 February 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 15 March 2011 (DVD premiere) (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Japan 11 June 2011

MPAA: Rated R for violent content, pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Iron Man from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    A terrifically enjoyable film from debut writer-director J Blakeson.Apparently working to a tiny budget, he's proved that he has anincredible understanding of what makes a thriller film work.

    There are three excellent performances (lucky, as with only threeactors this needed to be the case), particularly Gemma Arterton asAlice Creed, who uses her wits and womanly wiles to make a standagainst her tormentors, Vic and Danny.

    Much has been made of the plot twists – but I still didn't see themcoming at all! I thought they were ample to keep you guessing right tothe last, and I kept changing my mind as to how I thought things wouldturn out.

    I kept reading "taut, claustrophobic and very well put together" when Iwas researching this film, and I have to say it delivered on allcounts. Excellent.

  2. floorpopcornblog from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    I must admit, I share Tom's fondness (bordering on obsession) of GemmaArterton's boobs, legs and pretty much everything about her. She alsohappens to be be a damn good actress (something you can't say of manyBritish actresses that are also really fit) and she really shows of heracting chops in The Disappearance of Alice Creed. This low budgetBritish indie film is full of violence, nudity and cursing and it'salso pretty damn good.

    The film's set-up is pretty straightforward; it's a kidnapping thrillerin which two ex-convicts called Danny (Martin Compston) and Vic (EddieMarsan) kidnap a young woman called Alice Crred (Gemma Arterton). Thefilm opens with the two nasties shopping for some pretty dangerousequipment, setting up a room and then kidnapping Alice by putting a bagover her head and a gag in her mouth. It's brutal and shocking stuff.The reason for all this is that the two dickheads want a ransom forAlice's return as she's the son of a wealthy businessman.

    From then on there's plenty of beatings, Arterton is left completely(yes, COMPLETELY) naked on one occasion and tied to a bed. It's a lotcleverer than it seems though; there's a couple of excellent plottwists which are hard to see coming and the plot is super focused andtightly written.

    Director J Blakeson keeps things simple; there's only 3 characters and4 locations seen in the film. It's a confident first effort from thedirector who handles the camera exceptionally well and gets some trulygripping performances out of the 3 actors.

    Compston and Marsan both more than hold their own opposite the young upand coming Hollywood star, but the girl from Kent (that's where Ilive!) is simply sensational in the role of Alice. Arterton is asked tobe amazingly vulnerable, powerfully miserable, desperately crafty, andsuddenly brave. She succeeds in all departments and despite some of theiffy Hollywood blockbusters she's been in (Clash of the Titans), thisfilm proves she can act damn well.

    The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a simple film with minimalistdesign choices and a tried and true formula. However, it'sfantastically written and shot by Blakeson and the performances fromthe 3 leads are top notch. It can be brutal, shocking and a bitdisturbing, but if you want a change of pace from the big and brashblockbusters then this is a film to go and see.


  3. lewiskendell from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    "Tell him that he must pay the money, that he must do exactly as we askor we will kill you. You tell him that you have no doubt that we willkill you."

    The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a brutal little thriller about awoman who gets kidnapped by two men, who plan to use her to ransom £2million from her wealthy father. The kidnapping itself goes flawlessly,and once she's securely locked up, there seems to be little that can gowrong to keep the men from getting the money. But, that wouldn't makefor a very interesting movie, would it? Things go wrong, and thebest-made plan can still end up being a disaster. 

    I was somewhat expecting The Disappearance of Alice Creed to be yourstandard kidnap and escape kind of movie, but I have to give it creditfor throwing enough wrinkles in to make itself somewhat unique. Therelationships between the two kidnappers and the title character end upbeing more complex than they initially seemed, and cracks of distrustturn the initially well-executed plan into a situation that perhaps noone will survive.  

    There's a strong current of tension that starts with the dialogue-freebeginning and continues all the way to the very end. That's prettyimpressive, in my opinion, and I hasn't seen many movies lately thatkeep things that taut for the entire time. In addition to the story,the acting was solid, as well. When a movie really only involves threeactors (Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, and Eddie Marsan), one weaklink could ruin it. Thankfully, that's not the case, here.  

    Still, I'm not the greatest fan in the world of these kinds of movies,so even a good one like this (and it is good) has a hard time blowingme away. If you're a genre fan, though, I think you'll be pleased. 

  4. seany_c from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    'The Disappearance of Alice Creed' is possibly the best British film ofthe year. It's a three-hander so the film could of gone one way or theother, the right way or the wrong way. Thankfully it went the rightway. The script and direction is tight and the films twists are verysurprising. The audience in the cinema gasped at one scene inparticular which you won't see coming at all. I certainly didn't. Thefilm is helped of course by stunning performances from all threeactors. Martin Compston from Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen plays Danny, theyounger, twitchier of the two kidnappers who isn't as sweet as heseems. Eddie Marsan as Vic, the older, vicious and intelligentkidnapper. And Gemma Arterton who plays Alice, the spoilt, rich girl inthe centre of all the commotion. Those who didn't manage to catch'Alice Creed' at cinemas missed out. I recommend it to anyone in searchof a lean, tight thriller with excellent performances. ****/*****

  5. The_Film_Cricket from Birmingham, Alabama
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    'The Disappearance of Alice Creed' opens with scary and coldefficiency. Two men stridently go about a mission that isn'timmediately clear. They line the back of their van with plastic, thengo shopping for a drill, a mattress and other tools that, for a whilegive indications that they are building a house – or maybe a bathroomlike the one in 'Saw'. They enter a small flat where they assemble abed that they nail to the floor and then add padding to the walls. Theyalso kidnap a young girl and drag her kicking and screaming to the flatand tie her securely to that bed.

    The girl, Alice (Gemma Arterton), is told that she's being held forransom. They want money from her father and she will remain there untilthey get it. Those scenes have a cold, hard, frightening pace. It allhappens very quickly. It is clear that the two men, Danny (MartinCompston) and Vic (Eddie Marsan), have worked this plan out piece bypiece. For a while, they remain within the perimeters of their plan,keeping their faces covered when in the presence of Alice and nevergiving their names. Vic, the leader, has such an eye for detail that heis even able to spot when his partner is thinking too much.

    Those opening scenes are actually the best part of the movie and if ithad remained at that pace, the movie might have really worked. But thenthe movie employs a silly cat and mouse game that never flow naturallyfrom the story, but rather just feel written. Alice turns out to have aconnection with one of the kidnappers, the kidnappers turn out to havea different connection with each other then we expected, and all threecharacters are so unwritten and unappealing that we just don't care.

    The other problem is that there is no consistency within thecharacters. Early on, Vic is established as a man who has honed hisskill for detail down to a science, but there are things that, givethose skills, should be blindingly obvious. Danny turns out to haveless of a cold heart than we are led to believe, and he has a motivefor getting involved in the kidnapping that seems a little morecomplicated than it needs to be.

    Gemma Arterton, one of my favorite young actors, gets the humiliatingrole of Alice whose early scenes, tied to a bed with a ball-gag in hermouth, are difficult to watch. That's bad enough, but director J.Blakeson wallows in leering shots of her naked body tied to that bedlike a pervert enjoying his camera. It is uncomfortable. In fact, Thewhole movie is grimy like that. It moves back and forth between tryingto find an amount of realism with buckets of red herrings. There aresurprises that crop up from time to time but it is all a sticky, nastylittle con game. When we arrive at the conclusion after one characterhas one-upped the other and vice versa over and over and over and overagain, the screenplay has manipulated itself into oblivion.

    ** (of four)

  6. cox526 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    This film has to go into my all time top ten which is mighty praiseindeed. When you consider there are simply two actors and one actressit is astonishing how this film unveils and has you riveted from theopening sequence to it's conclusion. The characters are believable andI am surprised it hasn't received higher praise. the problem is itprobably never got the hype other films less well made receive. Whichto an extent is a good thing, because the less you know about the film,the more surprised you will be by it. Great twists and turns and greatacting – The basic premise is two guys who met in prison, organise akidnap of a rich girl and then they carry out the kidnap with alarmingprecision and professionalism, that the opening 9 minutes has youtransfixed. What happens next is pure acting that can make a film greator a film mediocre, in this case GREAT

  7. davideo-2 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

    Recently released from prison, convicts Vic (Eddie Marsan) and Danny(Martin Compston) meticulously plot and execute the kidnap of thetitular Alice Creed (Gemma Anderton) a young woman with a rich father.Having filmed the ransom demand, everything seems to be runningsmoothly, until Alice turns the tables on them, after which varioustwists and turns and sneaky revelations come to light that set the plandown a very different and more deadly path than anyone planned.

    Opening entirely in silence, with the main characters going about doingand getting what they'll need for their crime, TDOAC certainly openswith a decent sense of atmosphere and impending terror. And it all runsfairly smoothly, until Alice (ridiculously!) turns the tables on hercaptors, after which the film descends into such a big sea of it's ownpreposterousness and incredibilty that it loses any sense of tensionand impact that it started with. The performances can't be faulted,Marsan delivering another firm, solid turn as the domineering leadvillain, and Anderton showing her talents as an actress, portraying aninitially scared, vulnerable prey who grows to let out a righteoussense of anger and feistiness to survive. It's just a shame theirefforts are wasted in such misfiring, off shot fare as this. **

  8. MickyFin from Finland
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    This film to me personally was a little bit of a surprise to say theleast, I was recommended the film by a friend, who said to me its worthwatching, and as a film critic, I put aside some time to give it aviewing.

    I was not disappointed either, with the film starting out somewhat alittle confusing, and uncomfortable at first, it soon dawns upon youthat this is no ordinary kidnapping. I won't release any spoilers here,but will advise you to watch the film with an open mind, and frame ofmind as there are some surprises that even I didn't see coming.

    The plot thickens, and the film has you guessing along the way which tome is what film making is all about. Watch it, and enjoy, I'm sure youwill know the actor who plays Vic, he is an underestimated actor, whoshines in this film.!

  9. PeterWMC from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    It started well and from the earlier reviews I was expecting a tautthriller. Acting and story line were all very good and it wasn't theusual kidnapping caper. It still failed to be that rarity which is whatI hoped it would be; a movie where people do all the right things in adifficult situation.

    Spoilers follow…do not read if you plan to watch it.

    There were too many situations where people almost did the mostsensible thing but then didn't. It transpired that two of thecharacters knew each other but didn't recognize each other from theirvoices. Unlikely. Then there is a scene where a victim has the clearupper hand but succumbs to hand back the gun and be tied up again. Itjust wouldn't happen. She gets the upper hand again and instead ofgrabbing the jacket to remove the keys from the pocket at arms length,she moves to do it within reach of her captor and loses the advantageagain. Victim calls police from a cell phone, the location of which, towithin a block is traceable in seconds. No police arrived at all.

    Double crossing and betrayal at the end were almost too much.

    Worth watching but not quite believable.

  10. mrsprice from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 3:05 am

    I viewed the world premier at The Toronto Film Festival. It was thefirst movie directed by J. Clayson. I enjoyed the movie because it wasfilled with a lot of plot twists. The movie was frightening, yetentertaining. The Director during the question and answer sessionexplained that people find humour in some of the scenes because of theunexpected content in them. Some women I spoke to after the movie feltthat they could identify with the kidnapped character in the movie. Themovie is a different type of thriller because it is filled withsurprises. The audience appeared to like the movie and applauded forit. I did not choose the movie, which is English, but The Toronto FilmFestival chose it for me, so it was a surprise. I hope the movie findsa distributor because I personally liked it and so did the people Ispoke to after the movie. It is different than other thrillers I haveseen, but I think it would appeal to a mixed audience.

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