Goodbye Charlie Bright is the humorous and heart-warming story of the friendship between two teenage boys from a tough council estate. Set during a long hard summer it charts the close but volatile relationship between Charlie and Justin.
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Charlie is a London youngster who,with his friends,indulges in streaking and petty crime. However he aspires to better himself though his reckless friend Justin ruins his chances of working with his cousin Hector as an estate agent. Another of Charlie's friends Francis learns that his girlfriend has been unfaithful with the older Eddie and seeks revenge but ends up getting run over by Eddie. Justin steals a gun and drags a reluctant Charlie along to kill Eddie,though he only wounds him. The two boys end up on a roof with the police below before their fates are finally settled. Written by
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When Charlie and Justin attend Hector's party, they are seen taking the Central Line out into Essex, where Hector's mansion is supposedly located. They get off the train at Debden Station and are seen coming out of the main entrance and walking down the street. This scene was actually not filmed at Debden Station but at Ickenham Station, which is on the Metropolitan/Picadilly Line (as opposed to the Central) and in Middlesex (not Essex), which is on the other side of London, to the West rather than the East. Director Nick Love superimposed the word "Debden" over the "Ickenham" section of the sign, though quite why he chose to shoot the scene at Ickenham instead of Debden remains unclear. Ironically, it's unlikely that the boys would have used Debden to get to a house like Hector's anyway - if the house was supposedly in that part of Essex, it would have been more likely to have been somewhere like Chigwell. See more »
i'm really disappointed to read all this negativity in what is such a great film. i can't comment on how authentic it is regarding south London as i am from north Manchester. the attitudes of the main characters is very similar to what i knew though and some of the content was shockingly familiar. it is the best buddy film i have ever seen for one. the twisted friendship between Charlie and Justin is something that many of us have surely been through. i found myself shedding a tear towards the end (even though i have a skinhead, like beer and shout my head off at Manchester city on a regular basis) as i could instantly remember when a friend had to tell me what everyone else said about me behind my back when i was 16. time to grow up.
a really wonderful story which is very well written and superbly acted. Richard saved himself in my eyes as hector, Jamie foreman shone yet again and Roland was awesome.
one of my very favourite films.
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