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Like It Is -- London's gay club world comes alive in this sexy drama about two young men--one a bare-knuckle fighter and the other an ambitious record producer--who fall in love, despite enormously different backgrounds.


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28 August 1998 (USA) See more »
A tough young boxer struggles to come out in England. Having travelled to London, from his smaller town, he meets and falls for a twenty-something music producer. But love doesn't come easy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Steve Bell ... Craig
Ian Rose ... Matt

Roger Daltrey ... Kelvin
Dani Behr ... Paula
Jude Alderson ... Gloria
Emile Charles ... Aylon
Chris Hargreaves ... Tony, Craig's Brother (as Christopher Hargreaves)
Paul Broughton ... Minto
P.J. Nicholas ... Jamie
Sean Simpson ... Jack
Charlie Caine ... Terry, DJ
Stephen Burke ... Luke

Dickon Tolson ... Dirty Dave
Chris Ross ... Andy

Tony Van Silva ... Fight Loser
Suzy King ... Amy
Ursula Lea ... Sonya
Suzanne Hall ... Train Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Redshaw ... Dancer in nightclub
Nigel Travis ... Quinnell (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Oremland 
Writing credits
Robert Gray (screenplay)

Produced by
Tracey Gardiner .... producer
Christopher Hird .... executive producer
Martin Long .... line producer
Original Music by
Don McGlashan 
Cinematography by
Alistair Cameron 
Film Editing by
Jan Langford 
Production Design by
Tim Sykes 
Costume Design by
Sarah Bowern 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Justin Donoghue .... first assistant director
Other crew
Martin Joy .... location manager

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Kelvin:Why take the carrot when you can have the donkey, eh?See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Choppy but interesting, 21 January 2001
Author: Matthew Ignoffo ( from Eatontown, NJ, USA

I found the plot of this film very choppy, even unbelievable. For example, a stolen car plot thread is brought up and then dropped. There is also some awkward staging such as bright lights in bedroom shots where people are supposedly asleep.

The story of a young bare-knuckles fighter who has to deal with the fact that he is gay is interesting. The point is that love wins out over money and macho. The performance by Steve Bell is what makes the movie worth seeing because he is able to project a sweet, winning personality beneath his tough-guy exterior.

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