- Cast: Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, Melvil Poupaud, Joanne Whalley, Dave Legeno, Steven Berkoff, Andy de la Tour, Edna Doré
- Director: Malcolm Venville
- Writers: David Scinto, Louis Mellis
- Producers: Richard Brown, Steve Golin
- Co Producer: Peter Heslop
- Executive Producers: Paul Green, Dave Morrison, Tim Smith
- Art Direction: Nick Gottschalk
- Casting: Gary Davy
- Costume Design: Caroline Harris
- D.O.P.: Dan Landin
- Editor: Rick Russell
- Makeup: Frances Hannon
- Music: Angelo Badalamenti
- Production Design: John Stevenson
- Set Decoration: Gemma Ryan
Provocative, outrageously profane and surprisingly tender amidst an explosion of unbridled testosterone, "44 Inch Chest" explores the masculine ego at breaking point, testing whether fear is stronger than love. Colin (Ray Winstone) is in agony, shattered by his wife's (Joanne Whalley) infidelity. However, he has friends who do more than stand by - they kidnap the wife's French lover and hold him prisoner so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge. A kangaroo court takes place and as the situation escalates Loverboy's life hangs in the balance as Colin wrestles with revenge, remorse, grief and self pity, all the while egged on by his motley crew of friends who just want him to get on with it so they can get down the pub.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: London, UK
- MPAA Warning: Pervasive strong language including sexual references, and some violence
- Production Budget: $10 million
- Production Companies: Anonymous Content, Entertainment Corporation, IM Global, Omni Films, Passenger, Prescience Media, Twilight Productions
- Production Schedule: 26 May 2008 - 13 July 2008
2010 Preview Analysis: Not a sequel but certainly fans of British black comedy/thriller "Sexy Beast" have been anticipating that film's scribes Louis Mellis and David Scinto re-teaming for this mostly single-room study of the male ego at breaking point. Featuring some of the best British acting veterans working today, festival reviews for 'Chest' were very complimentary, citing strong (if overly bombastic) performances all round and razor sharp dialogue.
However Malcolm Venville's inexperienced directing, the indecisive leading character and the general lack of plot did come under criticism. Still, 'Chest' is expected to become a cult film success on its own thanks to its poetic and obscene monologues combined with the presence of its "New Tricks"-style band of cranky ex-crim geezers. John Hurt as the obscenity spewing pro-violence hardliner, and Ian McShane as the sensible urbane gay gangster scored the most praise in early reviews.