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Wild Bill is a 2011 British crime film directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Set in east London the film follows Bill Hayward a former gangster released on parole after eight years to find his two sons Jimmy and Dean have been left by their mother to fend for themselves. Bill intends to get his life back on track but when his youngest son gets involved with a local drug dealer he must decide whether he wants to be a good dad or a free one.

Not to be confused with the 1995 film starring Jeff Bridges as Wild Bill Hickok.


Wild Bill provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Bittersweet Ending: the film ends with Bill being arrested again and most likely going back to prison. however he has fixed things with his children and it is implied that they will be waiting for him to get out.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Bill spends most of the film acting like a relatively normal if a little simple person. that is until the end where he single handedly beats up an entire pub full of young drug dealers.
  • Disappeared Dad: Bill is this at the start of the film and the story follows him trying to fix things with his kids.
  • Professional Sex Ed: The title character has been away in prison for eight years when he returns and is forced to live with his two children (whose mother has abandoned them). One of his first days back happens to be the older son's sixteenth birthday, which he forgets; Roxy, a prostitute whom he knows, suggests this gift to make up for it. This only sets the son off. And then the social worker shows up...
    Bill: Whoa, whoa, what's the problem?
    Dean: Are you mad or something? You brought a broad back to have sex with me in me own mum's bed?!
    Bill: (Beat) Well, they was all out of Action Man.