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Young Soul Rebels (1991)

Set in London in 1977, the plot takes place against the background of the Silver Jubilee. This is a buddy movie between two friends Chris and Caz who run a pirate radio station from a tower... See full synopsis »

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Valentine Nonyela ...
Chris
Mo Sesay ...
Caz
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Ken
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Ann
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Tracy
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Billibud
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Davis
Debra Gillett ...
Jill
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Carlton (as Eamon Walker)
James Bowers ...
Sparky
Billy Braham ...
Kelly
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Bigsy
Danielle Scillitoe ...
Trish
Ray Shell ...
Jeff Kane
Nigel Harrison ...
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Set in London in 1977, the plot takes place against the background of the Silver Jubilee. This is a buddy movie between two friends Chris and Caz who run a pirate radio station from a tower block in Dalston, East London. The film starts with a murder of their friend TJ while cruising for sex in the local park at night and, while Caz is cut up by the death of his friend, Chris seems to want to push forward towards a professional career in commercial radio. They both want to promote soul music while the prevailing popular music is punk.

Chris meets Tracy at the recording studio and persuades her to get his audition tape heard but he is not ready to sell out his identity to get a job in the mainstream. Caz meets a punk Billibud who talks about communism and the Socialist Workers Party, while wearing (admittedly nicked) Vivienne Westwood designer T-shirts. The murder and the different paths they seem to be taking causes tension between the buddies Chris and Caz.

Chris discovers that he has ...

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A seductive and engaging thriller from one of Britain's most innovative and provocative filmmakers

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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6 December 1991 (USA)  »

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First cinema feature of Sophie Okonedo. See more »

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Featured in Queerama (2017) See more »

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You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Performed by Sylvester
Licensed Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc
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Good feeling
13 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Been a long time since I saw this movie, but whenever I think of it, or even just hear that song from the soundtrack, I feel all happy and <ahem> gay. Funny thing is, I went back to see what I'd noted about it at the time (1991), and apparently I'd only considered it a so-so film!

So, yes, perhaps the story line was a bit flimsy, perhaps all of the movie didnt amount to a whole much ... but if the memory of it still makes me smile after ten years, it must've been a lot better than I'd originally realised! ;-)


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