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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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Release Date:
9 October 1996 (USA) See more »
An urban fairytale.
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 »
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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One of the best films I shall enjoy again & again See more (154 total) »


  (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)

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)
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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Also Known As:
Rated R for sexuality, pervasive strong language and some drug content
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When Sandra recalls that Cass Elliot died by choking on a sandwich she is repeating an urban legend. "Mama" Cass actually died of heart failure. Reports immediately after her death (before the autopsy) apparently quoted her doctor as saying she probably died by choking on a sandwich. Despite the results of the autopsy, the sandwich story has stuck.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Mama Cass Elliot did not die from choking on a ham sandwich. She had a heart attack. There was a partially eaten sandwich in the room when she died, but she didn't choke on it.See more »
Ste:You always wear glasses when you read?
Jamie:Supposed to.
Ste:But you don't at school.
Jamie:It's hardly fetching, is it?
Ste:Nah, looks all right.
Ste:I'm tellin' ya.
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Movie Connections:
References Sweet Charity (1969)See more »
Move In A Little Closer BabySee more »


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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of the best films I shall enjoy again & again, 11 September 2005
Author: s_singhal55 from Chicago, Illinois

Once again, I am overwhelmed by the excellence of British film-making & acting. I truly bow to the British honing of the craft of acting, which is brilliantly presented in this film. Storyline aside, the acting of the mother "Sandra" is superb; you feel every emotion on her face as she struggles to make a better life for herself and her son, as well as accept her son's growing awareness of his own sexuality. Remarkably, she is my favourite character in this film, notwithstanding the performances of the 2 boys, who are superb. The boyfriend, Tony, is also wonderful as a supporting character. My favourite scenes are actually sequential: first, the shot of Sandra following the boys in a cab, as the shock & turmoil of her emotions is beautifully portrayed during this scene; second, the followup scene with the boys in the park, probably, for me, the most wonderfully innocent, beautiful and intimate scene in the film. I'm probably being silly; every scene in this beautiful film is a treasure and at triumph, for anyone who's ever been in love. I know I will treasure this film always.

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