Synopsis by Mark Deming
The phrase "jumbo shrimp" gains a whole new meaning in this broad comedy from the United Kingdom. Bill (Kevin McNally) is a former boxer who, now in middle age, owns and operates a run-down bar and spends a bit too much time sampling his wares. One day, Bill's friend Hamid (Madhav Sharma), a self-styled entrepreneur with no shortage of get-rich-quick schemes, offers to cut him in on something remarkable -- while the Mantis Shrimp of the Philippines, an unusual breed with club-like stumps instead of claws, rarely grows over six inches in length, he's discovered a living specimen which is a whopping seven feet long. Hamid is certain there must be big money in exhibiting the massive crustacean, and Bill comes up with a remarkable plan -- teach the critter to box, and then have it take on all comers on a TV show! Crust was the first feature from writer/director Mark Locke.
boxing, shrimp, prizefighter, knock-out, man-vs-animal, pub, alcohol