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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:


Author: Dave Robinson from Manchester, England
17 May 1999

This was a superb piece of work. I was forced to watch this with my mother, and she wasn't able to understand what the film was actually a spoof of. I was; and it was done quite brilliantly.

The show is, of course, stolen by Neil Morrissey's performance as Charlie/Charlotte, but the rest of the Hunters (and the rest of the cast; Jane Horrocks' versatility shines through yet again, with the whole idea of her being a lesbian landlady in a seaside resort b&b verging on the ridiculous) add in some vital and amazingly funny elements.

Whether this was intended to be a comic work is not stated or known, but it succeeds. It is a quality parody of the music scene of the early 1980's. If ITV ever show it again, watch it.

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:


19 September 2001

A brilliant film - thoroughly enjoyable & well worth watching. Neil Morrisey excellemtly portrays Charlotte/Charlie, and Martin Clunes & Jane Horrocks are also great. The 80's New Romantics is well remembered,by me, and this film is enhanced nicely with the appearances of Simon le Bon, etc. PLEASE RELEASE HUNTING VENUS ON VIDEO - ITS WELL WORTH BUYIMG!

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Must be one of the best films EVER made (in my opinion)

Author: morrissey from Berkshire, England
12 September 1999

Before watching this film I was very doubtful as to its content. I thought it was going to be just like any other 'low budget' film. BUT I WAS WRONG. After watching it several times, I have come to believe that it is one of the best television films ever made.

Neil Morrissey's portrayal of Charlie/Charlotte, and Martin Clunes' portrayal of Simon mix together with the rest of the characters to make the most wonderful and funny films I have ever seen.

My rating of this film has to be 10/10, and I would recommend it to anyone. They do not have to be a fan of any of the actors, or of New romantic music to enjoy such a thing.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:


Author: carrielou73 from United Kingdom
10 June 2008

For an 80s chick like myself, this was like the mothership calling me home! The costumes, the music, the memories! Gives me goosebumps whenever I hear Starburst which really does sound like it was released back in the good ol' days. Neil Morrisey, Martin Clunes, and the rest were absolutely brilliant. It was also great to see cameos by 80s heroes such as Simon Le Bon, Gary Numan and Tony Hadley, and a piece of genius to make out that Phil Oakey went to the same institute as Gavin!! It is a crime that ITV have never released this on DVD, nor have they shown it since - and, believe me, I have hounded them many times!! I have also worn out my well loved VHS copy so come on ITV, have a heart and get this back on our screens!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:


Author: anonymous from North Yorkshire, England
20 June 1999

It was brilliant. I could watch it over and over again. As my video recorder is currently out of action I can't do this at the moment.

Neil Morrissey obviously stole the show. It's a shame that the TV magazines in England didn't seem to give him the credit he deserves! The rest of the cast were also brilliant. Jane Horrocks, Martin Clunes etc.

As a "child of the 80s" I can relate to what happened then and how it is being portrayed now.

PS If Neil Morrissey needs his "bits" massaging after the agony he must have suffered while in costume he's very welcome at my place!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

wonderful stuff

Author: Nigel Downs from France
13 May 2012

A truly wonderful film, based on a new romantic theme (of the early 80's) but taking place 15 years later, as the band is black-mailed into re-uniting for one final appearance. It even manages to put that "shaddup you face" (that kept Ultravox's Vienna from being number 1) in its place. Several cameo appearances from people who were famous at the time (Simon Le Bon, Gary Numan and more), it all adds to the film's feel-good factor. Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey star in roles that are distinctly different to Men Behaving Badly but are certainly no less fun to watch. Jane Horrocks also plays a strong part and once again shows her versatility. My only regret is that there's still no DVD available - come on, whoever you are - get one on the market!

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Author: ddwood-42255 from Lincoln, Vermont, USA
16 April 2016

Cast chemistry was dandy. I ended up caring for all the characters as dimension and depth was carefully added throughout. Subtle stuff, clever use of the whole screen to enhance the endearing qualities of the troupe. Each performance was balanced and folks gave the 'moment' to those who should have it. Music choices were great and the original music for the movie was loads of fun. Lots of humor, but I did need to use Closed Captioning to understand some of the dialogue, old American ears! Some distinctive British language that this Vermont farmer did not 'get' right away, but it was so well laid out in context that there was not much of a problem creating meaning. It was a blast!

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