Film / Small Faces

Not to be confused with Mod band The Small Faces

Small Faces (1996) is a Scottish film directed by Gillies MacKinnon about gangs in 1960s Glasgow.

Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. As Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging hormones, the story focuses on Lex, who begins a downward spiral after he accidentally injures the leader of Bobby's gang with an airgun. Lex's cockiness and immaturity unfortunately prevent him from understanding the effect his subsequent crimes will have on both himself, and on those around him.


Tropes present in this film include:

  • Affably Evil: Charlie Sloan. While Malkie is an obvious-a-mile-off Violent Glaswegian, Charlie is a well-dressed, affable bloke with a decent collection of literature he's happy to lend you. Illustrated nicely by his greeting Lex with outstretched arms after he screws up a raid, only to give him a ruthless Glasgow Kiss.
  • BattleCry: the Real Life "Ya bass!" According to The Other Wiki, this is "not an abbreviation of "bastard", but a corruption of the ancient Scottish Gaelic expression for "battle and die""

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