Raining Stones
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Bob (Bruce Jones) lives with his wife Anne (Julie Brown) and his daughter Coleen (Gemma Phoenix) in a poor English town. Bob scrapes by with whatever odd jobs come his way -- working as a bouncer, stealing green turf, cleaning septic tanks. Although Bob has no money and is living on the dole, he is determined to buy his daughter a dress for her first communion. The local parish priest (Tom Hickey) suggests that Bob settle cheaper and get a second-hand dress for Coleen's communion. But Bob will have none of that. Bob wants a new dress for his daughter, and no matter what it takes he will… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Brisk, richly characterized fiction that cuts as deeply and truly as any documentary."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The film is good-hearted and the characters are easy to identify with, but what I liked best was the underlying humor, even in this desperate situation."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A gripping and occasionally disturbing look at parental sacrifice."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lybarger Links
"Without ever mentioning politics, Loach makes the most powerful and effective of political statements -- one that relies on subtlety and the intelligence of the audience."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Ken Loach: the master."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"With a delightfully unexpected ending and keen characterizations throughout, Raining Stones is an entertaining look at working class life on the edge of desperation."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Gripping and sadly true to life."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"A Ken Loach masterpiece. Deals with poverty-stricken Irish Catholic's struggle to raise money for his daughter's communion dress."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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