MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 70 this week

Beautiful Thing (1996)

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 15,462 users  
Reviews: 150 user | 47 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

, (play)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 23 Feb 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 25 Nov 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 28 Dec 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 01 Jan 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Beautiful Thing" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Beautiful Thing (1996)

Beautiful Thing (1996) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Beautiful Thing.

User Polls

4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Get Real (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.

Director: Simon Shore
Stars: Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain
Latter Days (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.

Director: C. Jay Cox
Stars: Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Mary Kay Place
Just a Question of Love (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.

Director: Christian Faure
Stars: Cyrille Thouvenin, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Eva Darlan
Shelter II (2007)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

Director: Jonah Markowitz
Stars: Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes
Summer Storm (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner
Stars: Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann, Miriam Morgenstern
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Swedish gay couple adopt what they think is an 18-month-old orphan, only to meet their new son, a 15-year-old homophobic delinquent.

Director: Ella Lemhagen
Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson, Tom Ljungman
The Trip (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin. Despite their many differences, they ... See full summary »

Director: Miles Swain
Stars: Larry Sullivan, Steve Braun, Ray Baker
Nico and Dani (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings.

Director: Cesc Gay
Stars: Fernando Ramallo, Jordi Vilches, Marieta Orozco
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border.

Director: Eytan Fox
Stars: Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Assi Cohen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on a boy who lives nearby.

Director: Bavo Defurne
Stars: Ben Van den Heuvel, Eva van der Gucht, Thomas Coumans
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual.

Director: Aluizio Abranches
Stars: Júlia Lemmertz, Fábio Assunção, Jean Pierre Noher
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sites of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.

Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jamil Khoury
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An urban fairytale.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csodálatos dolog  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,449,934 (USA) (10 January 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jonathan Harvey:  Screenwriter appears as the Wheelchair Queen in the scene in the Gloucester pub. See more »

Goofs

When Ste and Jamie are talking outside at the party, it's cold enough that you can see thin fog from their breath, even though it's supposed to be set during a heatwave. Occasionally, other almost-invisible puffs of fog appear behind Ste (probably from crew members), even though they're supposed to be alone. See more »

Quotes

Ste: There ain't nowhere else.
Sandra: There is, actually, Ste. There's an island in the Mediterranean called Lesbian, and all its inhabitants are dykes. So you've got your eye wiped there.
See more »

Connections

References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Make Your Own Kind Of Music
Music and Lyrics by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Sung by Cass Elliot
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Feel-good, positive film
1 June 2004 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

This is one of those great British dramas set in a typically grim environment but shot with positivity throughout. Having grown up around the area in the film and being only a few years older than the featured boys, it was a joy to see life there depicted in the film.

I agree with all previous comments about the actors and how true-to-life it feels. Although slightly exaggerated in places, this film is a great comment on London working class life as well as being focused around a gay-based storyline.

However, I wanted to add that this film also comments on the complex class system in the UK which explains why Tony was dropped by Sandra. Many non-British viewers may not have picked up on this. Thoughout, Tony is shown as a middle class character who doesn't really fit into the working class environment. He uses different slang words to the others, has a 'posher' accent and has slightly different attitudes to all the other characters. He and Sandra come from different worlds. As Sandra says, she has been fighting all her life, whereas he has had evertyhing given to him on a plate. Ultimately, this relationship was never going to last. Life in London (and the UK) is still spilt into different social classes, although they do mix a little more than they used to. But you can often tell where someone is from by their accent and their choice of words. This was used to great affect in the film.

Overall, a light-hearted look at life on a London council Estate with some great performances... one of my favourite films.


67 of 69 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Pastrami and fettuccine on rye? frizzie06
Question about the end and Ste undeadbutalive
did the mom + her boyfriend break up? evalee79
More gay films? Reel_Bill
MAMA CASS! Is her music effective? wocisforme
The Slow-Dance Scene yangedd
Discuss Beautiful Thing (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?