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Beautiful Thing -- 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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Writers:
Jonathan Harvey (written by)
Jonathan Harvey (play)
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Release Date:
9 October 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
An urban fairytale.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Brits do it again... See more (149 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meera Syal ... Miss Chauhan
Martin Walsh ... Mr. Bennett
Steven M. Martin ... Ryan McBride (as Steven Martin)
Andrew Fraser ... Jayson
John Savage ... Lenny
Scott Neal ... Ste Pearce
Glen Berry ... Jamie Gangel
Julie Smith ... Gina
Linda Henry ... Sandra Gangel
Jeillo Edwards ... Rose
Tameka Empson ... Leah Russell
Anna Karen ... Marlene
Garry Cooper ... Ronnie Pearce

Ben Daniels ... Tony
Daniel Bowers ... Trevor Pearce
Terry Duggan ... Kevin
Sophie Stanton ... Louise
Ozdemir Mamodeally ... Slasher

John Benfield ... Rodney Barr
Davyd Harries ... Brewery Official
Beth Goddard ... Brewery Official
Marlene Sidaway ... Betty
Liane Ware ... Claire
Catherine Sanderson ... Kelly
Dave Lynn ... Drag Performer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Harvey ... Wheelchair Queen (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hettie Macdonald 
 
Writing credits
Jonathan Harvey (written by)

Jonathan Harvey (play)

Produced by
Tony Garnett .... producer
Bill Shapter .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Altman (original music composed, conducted and arranged by)
 
Cinematography by
Chris Seager (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Don Fairservice 
 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
Gail Stevens 
 
Production Design by
Mark Stevenson 
 
Art Direction by
Chrysoula Sofitsi 
 
Costume Design by
Pam Tait 
 
Makeup Department
Gilly Fiford .... assistant makeup artist
Elisa Johnson .... makeup designer
Pebbles .... chief hairdresser
 
Production Management
Nick O'Hagan .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victoria Goodall .... third assistant director
Jim Imber .... second assistant director (as James Imber)
Ben Johnson .... third assistant director
Susie Liggat .... first assistant director
Jim Wilkinson .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
David Fitzjohn .... stand-by painter (as Dave Fitzjohns)
Jane Henwood .... assistant art director
Guy Hunt .... construction manager
Andy Marr .... dressing props
Andy Marr .... stand-by props
Tom Pleydell-Pearce .... dressing props
Tom Pleydell-Pearce .... stand-by props
Mike Power .... property master
Guy Rutter .... scenic artist
Nigel Salter .... prop hand
Sara Wan .... production buyer
Dave Williams .... stand-by carpenter
Ken Marples .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Greg Mason .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kevin Brazier .... sound editor
Wayne Brooks .... sound editor
John Chandler .... boom operator: second unit
Piers Lawrance .... sound trainee: FT2
Paul Le Mare .... sound recordist: second unit
John Midgley .... sound mixer
David Old .... dubbing mixer
June Prinz .... boom operator
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
David Cronnelly .... stunt coordinator
Gabe Cronnelly .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Beeby .... gaffer
Billy Brooks .... best boy
Paul Chedlow .... still photographer
John Haylen .... gaffer
Jeremy Hiles .... operator: second unit
Peter Howard .... clapper loader: second unit (as Skip Howard)
Alex Howe .... focus puller: second unit
Dean Kennedy .... best boy
Drew Meldon .... rigger
Oona Menges .... clapper loader
Duncan Scott .... camera trainee: FT2
Kim Seber .... focus puller
Adrian Smith .... Steadicam operator
Colin Strachan .... grip
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
John Whickman .... electrician
Gary Parnham .... additional electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eleanor Appleby .... wardrobe assistant
Charlotte Couchman .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Kimaathi Spence .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Bob O'Brien .... genny driver
Len O'Brien .... genny driver
 
Other crew
Jim Allan .... location manager
Jedd Aukin .... floor assistant
Danielle Brandon .... production coordinator
Sam Dundas .... location assistant
Fleur Fontaine .... assistant to producer
John Heald .... location assistant
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Nigel Marchant .... floor assistant
Richard McNeill .... assistant accountant
Mark Sell .... location assistant
Linda Sherwood-Page .... titles
Barry Smith .... location manager
Howard Sykes .... location assistant
Harry Teacher .... production runner
Paul Van Der Weele .... production accountant
Jérôme Jouneaux .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Anya Noakes .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality, pervasive strong language and some drug content
Runtime:
90 min
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Trivia:
The rainbow depicted early in the movie foreshadows to the nature of the movie. The gay community associates itself with the rainbow.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the party, Leah is holding an object in her hand. If you look closely, you notice that the larger white end is in her hand with the gray thin end on top. When the shot is zoomed out, you can tell it's now upside down with Leah holding the gray thin end in her hand.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Move In A Little Closer BabySee more »

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45 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
The Brits do it again..., 9 February 2004
Author: Derek from Albuquerque, NM

It seems when it comes to gay-themed movies, the Brits outdo us Americans hands down. This movie is another example of this fact. This movie rates as one of the best in this genre. Get Real comes a close second.

The young actors that play Jamie and Ste do an extraordinary job sometimes forgetting how well they pull off such complex characters throughout the movie. I think any gay man growing up can relate to Jamie. He doesn't excel in sports, and almost too smart for his own mother. He is comfortable with his sexuality, and he doesn't give a damn what the world thinks of him. Ste, on the other hand, fears his older brother, and his father made his life miserable. As he states in the film, "they made me ugly". Ste is not all ugly, and Jamie realizes this, and is attracted to his brash, manly demeanor. Unfortunately, Ste's own demons and his insecurities are present throughout the film. At one point, Ste ashamed of rumors of his questionable sexuality, denies it to a heartbroken Jamie.

Obviously, I enjoyed this movie. The scenes between Jamie and his mother and likewise, between Jamie and Ste, are perhaps the best parts of the movie. I understand having Leah in the movie to provide the supporting role of comic relief was a necessity in most film requirements, but in this one, it distracted the viewer to an extent. I was so glad when it came out on DVD, so I can put my last VHS tape to rest, but disappointed that there were no cast interviews or extras at the end. Granted, the movie was made six years or so after the DVD came out, but you might think the film makers would find something of interest.

So England what will be the next great gay movie ?

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