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Raining Stones is a 1993 film directed by Ken Loach and starring Bruce Jones, Julie Brown, Ricky Tomlinson, Tom Hickey and Gemma Phoenix. It tells the story of a man who cannot afford to buy his daughter a First Communion dress, and makes disastrous choices in trying to raise the money. The film won the Jury Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Raining Stones
Raining Stones FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byKen Loach
Produced bySally Hibbin
Written byJim Allen
StarringBruce Jones
CinematographyBarry Ackroyd
Distributed byNorthern Arts Entertainment (USA, theatrical)
Fox Lorber (USA DVD)
Release date
11 March 1993 (USA, limited)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom




The film has been given universal critical acclaim and holds a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. It won the prestigious Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics.

Filming locationsEdit

  • Raining Stones was shot in and around the Langley Estate in Middleton, Greater Manchester.
  • Bob Williams' flat – as well as the butcher's shop in the opening scenes – were opposite the junction of Wood Street and Windemere Road.
  • The pub from the car park of which Bob's Transit van was stolen was The Falcon on the corner of Threlkeld Road and Bowness Road. The Falcon has since been demolished and the site remains undeveloped as of 2010.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Raining Stones". Retrieved 22 August 2009.

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