High Heels and Low Lifes

High Heels and Low Lifes is a 2001 action comedy-drama film starring Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack, Kevin McNally, Mark Williams, Danny Dyer and Michael Gambon. It was directed by Mel Smith and written by Kim Fuller and Georgia Pritchett.

High Heels and Low Lifes
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMel Smith
Produced byUri Fruchtmann
Barnaby Thompson
Screenplay byKim Fuller
Story byKim Fuller
Georgia Pritchett
StarringMinnie Driver
Mary McCormack
Kevin McNally
Michael Gambon
Darren Boyd
Music byCharlie Mole
CinematographySteven Chivers
Edited byChris Blunden
Touchstone Pictures
Fragile Films
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • 16 July 2001 (2001-07-16)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
Budget$10 million
Box office$228,194


The film follows the story of two women living in London, Shannon (Minnie Driver) and Frances (Mary McCormack), attempting to con a group of gangsters, led by Kerrigan (Michael Gambon) and Mason (Kevin McNally), into giving them £1,000,000 after they overhear a conversation between gang members during a local bank heist. The idea is that the money will later be used to purchase a large amount of expensive medical equipment for the hospital where Shannon works as an overworked and underpaid nurse. Frances, a failing American actress who has resorted to doing voice acting for children's cartoons, wants the money so that she can get out of the rut she believes she is stuck in, and also because she wants a Mercedes to replace her aging Pontiac Firebird.

Throughout the course of the film, the women threaten the mobsters in order to persuade them to give them a cut of the heist money. As the film progresses, the danger the women are in becomes more obvious, and just as it appears that they are out of their depth - Frances' car is blown up and Shannon is almost kidnapped - they successfully break into Mason's house and confront him and one of his gang. A mass shoot-out occurs after it becomes clear that the girls have stolen all of Mason's guns and have bagged all the money. They manage to get away in the gang members' Porsche Boxster with the bags of money. The hospital equipment is delivered to Shannon's hospital anonymously, as Shannon and Frances look on. They then drive off into London in the Mercedes CLK that they have bought with some of the money, happy that they have done the right thing.



The film earned negative reviews from critics, as it holds a rating of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Home mediaEdit

In the United States, Buena Vista released High Heels and Low Lives on DVD on 9 April 2002,[1] while Mill Creek Entertainment later acquired home distribution rights, releasing the film on 15 March 2016, as part of a "Pretty Dumb Criminals: Triple Felony Feature" (with Big Trouble and Mafia!).[2]

In the United Kingdom, the film was made available on both VHS and DVD formats on 13 May 2002 via Buena Vista Home Entertainment.[3][4]

Buena Vista also handled distribution rights in Australia, when the film was made available on DVD on 21 August 2002.[5]

On 15 August 2018, it was announced that High Heels and Low Lifes will be available for the first time ever on Blu-ray on 23 October 2018, as distribution rights are currently owned by Kino Lorber within the United States.[6] An additional DVD release will also be available from Kino Lorber.[7]


  1. ^ "High Heels and Low Lifes DVD". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Pretty, Dumb Criminals - Triple Felony Feature DVD". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  3. ^ "High Heels And Low Lifes [2001] VHS". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  4. ^ "High Heels And Low Lifes [2001] DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  5. ^ "High Heels and Low Lifes DVD". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Kino: Gun Shy and High Heels and Low Lifes Dated for Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  7. ^ "High Heels and Low Lifes DVD". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 18 August 2018.

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