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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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A gay, bare-knuckle fighter who fights for money AND love See more (27 total) »


  (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
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A gay, bare-knuckle fighter who fights for money AND love, 18 July 1999
Author: Bob Drake ( from Bronx, NY

Like It Is is one of the better, non-comedy gay films to be released in many years. (The entire script is available on-line from First Run Features, and this may help viewers cut through some British dialect problems.)

This film, about a scrappy, gay, bare-knuckle fighter from a small industrial town who follows love to the big city, is hard hitting and very real in its plot execution -- except for two somewhat explicit gay sex scenes which seem staged and NOT like it is. Everyone puts in a good performance, particularly Roger Daltry as an unscrupulous, gay record producer whose blue eyes sparkle as he schemes.

Considering the timeframe, the characters are well developed. The conflicts within the young, chip-on-the-shoulder fighter seem real -- he beats on people who pick on him for being gay until he is reminded by his lover that he IS homosexual. It is impressive that the British will fund movies like Priest, Get Real and Like It Is. I cannot see these being made in the U.S., where gay films are usually comedies (In & Out) where a male-male kiss is a Big Deal.

The final scenes (a bare-knuckle fight) are bloody and not easy to watch, but the ending is believable.

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