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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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Martin Walsh ...
Mr. Bennett
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Ryan McBride (as Steven Martin)
Andrew Fraser ...
Jayson
John Savage ...
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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 <me93fm@soton.ac.uk>

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An urban fairytale.

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,449,934 (USA) (10 January 1997)
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First film directed by Hettie Macdonald. See more »

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After "rescuing" Leah, Tony goes downstairs barefoot, but the sound of shoes can be heard. See more »

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Ste: Do you think I'm queer?
Jamie Gangel: It don't matter what I think.
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Extremely Moving
30 January 2001 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

A wonderful story of gay teenagers that is ideal for parents to show their children; so that they understand that gay people may be different, but not bad. Faithful to the play, great music score and gives a real feeling of English tenements.


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