Beautiful Thing (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  9 October 1996 (USA)
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In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Walsh ...
Mr. Bennett
Steven M. Martin ...
Ryan McBride (as Steven Martin)
Andrew Fraser ...
John Savage ...
Scott Neal ...
Glen Berry ...
Julie Smith ...
Linda Henry ...
Jeillo Edwards ...
Tameka Empson ...
Anna Karen ...
Ronnie Pearce
Daniel Bowers ...
Trevor Pearce


A tender love story set during a hot summer on a South-East London housing estate. Jamie, a relatively unpopular lad who bunks off school to avoid football, lives next door to Ste, a more popular athletic lad but who is frequently beaten up by his father and older brother. Such an episode of violence brings Jamie and Ste together: Sandra (Jamie's mum) offers refugee to Ste, who has to 'top-and-tail' with Jamie. Hence, the story tells of their growing attraction for one another, from initial lingering glances to their irrefutable love, which so magnificently illustrated at the end of the film. In deals with the tribulations of coming to terms with their sexuality and of others finding out, in light of Sandra's unwavering loyalty and defence of Jamie and the fear of repercussion should Ste's family find out. The plot is set against sub-texts of Sandra's desire to manage her own pub, and thus escape the estate, and of her new relationship with her hippy boyfriend Tony; and of Leah, the ... Written by Mark Edwards <>

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An urban fairytale.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, pervasive strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csodálatos dolog  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$33,931 (USA) (11 October 1996)


$1,500,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jamie Gangel is a real life news reporter for NBC in the United States, having begun as a correspondent for NBC's Today (1952) show in 1992, four years before production and release of Beautiful Thing (1996). See more »


When Jamie and his Mum are fighting on the floor of their living room, the transmitter of the body mike is visible on his back underneath his tee-shirt. See more »


Jamie: [hearing phone ring] That'll be the phone.
Sandra: Well it wouldn't be the bloody Hoover bag, would it?
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Welcome To The World
Music and Lyrics by Scott English and Martin Siegal
Sung by Cass Elliot
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" Beautiful Thing Is A Beautiful Movie"
21 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an "excellent" romantic love story concerning two coming of age boys in gay accepting England.

We found the movie to be both entertaining and moving.

We own the movie on both VHS & DVD, that's how much we enjoy it.

I would like to have seen a sequel to "Beautiful Thing", merely to have had the writer pick up the story after Sandra & Jamie moved to Sandra's Pub. The reason being, the movie ends giving the impression that Sandra took Ste along with her & Jamie, to live with them at Pub.

I feel a sequel would carry on further with this point, along with how the boys relationship grew with time. Gays need a positive light, as "Beautiful Thing" portrays.

I was wondering if anyone else feels the same way concerning Ste moving with Sandra & Jamie.

I can "HIGHLY" recommend this movie, as it is well done, and a touching story.

Lea, adds much to the movie also. We loved how at the end of the movie she becomes a friend to both Ste & Jamie. But than again, you could almost tell it would happen. Lea was a free spirit who did a she felt.

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