Bonded by Blood

September 3rd, 2010


Bonded by Blood

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In 1995, drug suppliers and career criminals Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe were blasted to death by a shot gun whilst waiting in a Range Rover in Rettendon...

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.3/10 (862 voted)

Director: Sacha Bennett

Stars: Tamer Hassan, Michael Socha, Kierston Wareing

In 1995, drug suppliers and career criminals Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe were blasted to death by a shot gun whilst waiting in a Range Rover in Rettendon, Essex. The film charts their rise to become the most prolific dealers and feared criminals in the south of England, maintaining the hold on their empire with fear and violence until their untimely death.

Writers: Graeme Muir, Sacha Bennett

Tamer Hassan - Pat Tate
Michael Socha - Donny Svenson
Kierston Wareing - Kate Smith
Adam Deacon - Darren Nicholls
Vincent Regan - Mickey Steele
Dave Legeno - Jack Whomes
Lucy Brown - Anna Richards
Simon Phillips - Officer Tolands
Neil Maskell - Craig Rolfe
Terry Stone - Tony Tucker
Siobhan Hewlett - Julia
Susie Amy - Donna Jagger
Alex MacQueen - Prison Governor
Robert Fucilla - DC Havers
Rebecca Ferdinando - Mary (as Rebecca Walsh)

Taglines: The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the F**king Truth!


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 3 September 2010

Filming Locations: Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | UK:

Did You Know?

Actor, Terry Stone, Plays the character Tony tucker in both this and 'Rise of the Footsoldier', which is also based on the Essex boys murders. In fact, a lot of actors who appear in this movie also feature in Footsoldier but in different character parts. Dave Legano plays Jack Wholmes in this film, but played Big John in Footsoldier. Neil Maskel (Craig rolfe) played the role of Darren Nicholls in footsoldier.

Anachronisms: When Craig Rolfe is arguing with his wife at their home he open and slams shut the fridge, several of the fridge magnets are clearly visible and relate to films and events that took place well after 1994, in the top left hand corner you can clearly see a fridge magnet of Doug the talking dog from the movie Up.

User Review

A bad film


We have some great actors, screenwriters and directors in the UK. This film employed none of them and it painfully showed. I picked it up in the 4 DVDs for a tenner in Blockbuster and still felt I'd been conned.

In the bonus features I was astounded as I watched the cast having a great laugh shouting you 'chants' at each other like demented schoolboys,not funny unless we were going to see 'Carry on Essex Boys'. I found it crass and unnecessary, a bad idea because if you watched the extras first you were already expecting it would be odds on that the film was going to be was. A good Producer and Director would have stopped that nonsense, it degraded the cast and the crew to flippancy.

We all know that morons swear a lot so leave it there, it was shocking when the 'Sex Pistols' did it over thirty years ago, not any more airheads. I just couldn't take these ham actors seriously after that. After the stupid bonus extras I watched the film...the weak script just carried it on until it became brain numbing. Right down to the copying of De Nero's putting the boot in, this lot just looked like cheesy amateurs doing a lot of hammish snorting, shouting and swearing in the guise of telling what was supposed to be a true story. I would think that O'Mahony could have directed it better than Sasha Bennett. At the end after two shots from a cut down 12 bore that would have put a horse's lights out, we are meant to believe Tate makes a dying hate filled rant at his assassin. Do us a favour! Talk about writers getting carried they think we are all 'chants'.

On a brighter note, I thought Vincent Regan and Keirston Wareing were good and as far as I remember also bright enough to stay out of the crass bonus stuff, smart thinking. However, Terry Stone is nothing more than an extra and Tam the Sham and Sasha Bennett would do well to watch the performances of Ray Winstone, Ian McShane and Sir Ben Kingsley. Spend a couple of weeks watching 'Sexy Beast' on a loop...that is acting, directing and screen writing.


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