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Two of Us (25 Mar. 1988)

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Matthew is a boy who just left school. He is handsome and athletic and believes himself to be gay. He retains a friendship with only one school friend, Phil, who has stuck by Matthew ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Rush ...
Matthew
Lee Whitlock ...
Phil
Jenny Jay ...
Sharon
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Suzie (as Zoe Nathenson)
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Vera
James McKenna ...
Teacher
Martha Constantinou ...
School Kids
Abbie Dabner ...
School Kids
Jimmy Demetriou ...
School Kids
Ivor Dore ...
School Kids
Kelda Holmes ...
School Kids
Adam Smith ...
School Kids
Judy Gridley ...
Phil's Mother
John Judd ...
Matthew's Father
Gordon Salkilld ...
Car Driver
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Matthew is a boy who just left school. He is handsome and athletic and believes himself to be gay. He retains a friendship with only one school friend, Phil, who has stuck by Matthew despite hostile reactions from his peers. As their relationship grows more intense, Phil's girlfriend Sharon and his classmates become vindictive and aggressive. The two friends find themselves ostracized by both friends and family and decide to run away. Written by Chris Abbenhuis <keller@telebyte.nl>

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Released as a movie onto DVD Region 1 as "The Two Of Us". See more »

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Phil: Sharon, meet my boyfriend, Matthew! Matthew, meet my girlfriend, Sharon!
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Fantastic characters in a marvelous story in a poorly directed movie
25 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The good: Very attractive and appealing actors (the two men - the two women are dispensable); extraordinarily positive story, in which the two men (especially Phil, but he practically drags Matthew along with him) don't even question their freedom to be themselves, even though everybody around them is hostile. They don't like the way their friends and families are acting, so they just leave. None of the tiresome old angst of trying to get their families to accept them, thank God.

I've seen practically every gay movie that's ever been made, and I can't think of any other that gives its lead characters such joyous and yet deeply grounded freedom. It's a rare and astonishing gift, even more remarkable in the first TV movie ever made in English about gay teens. It's far better than the much more popular (and later) Beautiful Thing, because it's not a fairy tale. Phil is a marvelous and amazing and yet profoundly believable character.

The bad: The movie's pace is atrocious, with long dead periods and jarring transitions, so that it seems much longer (not in a good way) than its 58 minutes. The director evidently just didn't have any idea what he was doing. So although the movie isn't great, the story is, because Phil is, and Lee Whitlock makes him very real. It's well worth buying the DVD just to see him.


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