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Beautiful Thing (1996)

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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
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
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Trevor Pearce
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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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9 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,449,934 (USA) (10 January 1997)
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Jonathan Harvey:  Screenwriter appears as the Wheelchair Queen in the scene in the Gloucester pub. See more »

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When Jamie is about to steal a copy of "Gay Times", the magazines next to "Gay Times" are "Auto Trader" is wide-shots, but "Playboy" in close-ups. See more »

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Sandra: What happened? School burned down, did it?
Jamie: Yeah.
Sandra: What was it this time? IRA bomb?
Jamie: Fundamentalist Muslim pyromaniacs.
Sandra: Oh, funny, that. Looked all right when I walked past it.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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One Way Ticket
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Hart and Stephen Lawrence
Sung by Cass Elliot
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Touching and heartbreaking
24 May 2006 | by (Hamilton, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of only handful of movies that I would label as 'flawless'. Not only flawless, this movie has far exceeding my expectation and becoming extremely memorable for me.

The movie is relatively simple - and there is nothing extravagant about the characters and the story, yet- that what makes us able to see ourselves as if we're in the film. It reveals a story of two young ordinary English boy trying to come out in a very conservative English period.

This movie tells us that there is no such thing as -gay love or straight love-. Love never discriminates and never judges, and that love could happen to anyone. Nobody could be blamed for falling in love.

This movie will always remain in my heart.

**PS: Bravo John Altman for the Peppermint foot lotion theme song !


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