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Original theatrical poster
Directed byJohn Irvin
Written byScott Cherry
Produced byGeoffrey Reeve
Jim Reeve
Barry Townsley
StarringMichael Caine
Martin Landau
Frances Barber
Frank Harper
Andy Serkis
Matthew Marsden
Kenneth Cranham
CinematographyMike Molloy
Edited byIan Crafford
Music byPaul Grabowsky
Distributed byMiramax
Release date
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Shiner is a 2000 crime film written by Scott Cherry and directed by John Irvin and starring Michael Caine and Martin Landau. It was shot in London.


The story centers on Billy "Shiner" Simpson a boxing promoter banned from legitimate fights until he finds a promising start in his son Eddie. The night of the fight sees Eddie killed, and Simpson suspects rival Frank Spedding. Billy seeks revenge, only to grow mad as his suspicions draw closer to home.



Jane Crowther of the BBC said, "A Lear-like construction serves well to show the gradual unraveling of a ruthlessly ambitious man trading on familial loyalty and past glory."[1]

The score by Paul Grabowsky effectively creates a disturbing and sinister mood.