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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 »
This film works as a buddy picture but also gives an insightful look at the crime and boredom driven lifestyle so inherent in British working class housing estates. All the characters exist in a world where crime and excitement feeds a void in their lives where showing love, caring or compassion is almost impossible. The character of Justin in particular is flawed and irresponsible, yet in the end lovable. it's to the film makers credit that he is able to make us care about a character who at one point sticks a gun in a 7 year old's mouth to show how big he is. The film also manages the most impossible of tasks of making the housing estate and a British summer both ' bright ' and illuminating. A major departure from the grey and downtrodden depiction of working class life so predominant in Mike Leigh's film for example. An excellent film
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