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Beautiful Creatures (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Thriller, Crime  |  19 January 2001 (UK)
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Two girls thrown together by their boyfriends' violence accidentally kill one of them.

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Dorothy
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Tony
Jake D'Arcy ...
Train Guard
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Petula
Tom Mannion ...
Brian McMinn
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Ronnie McMinn
Paul Doonan ...
Man in Lift
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Garage Attendant
Pauline Lynch ...
Sheena
John Murtagh ...
Man on Beach
Shane Cadzow ...
Small Boy on Beach
Juliet Cadzow ...
Mother on Beach
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Det Insp Hepburn
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Storyline

One stormy Glasgow night Dorothy and Petula's lives are inextricably thrown together, bonded by a common flaw. Dorothy's on the run from her boyfriend and Petula should be doing the same. Evasion, blackmail, murder, betrayal, revenge and a suitcase loaded with a million quid... it's all there... and then some. Written by Gavin Nelson

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Dorothy & Petula both have a body to die for. It's not theirs. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Beautiful Creatures - Zum Sterben schön  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£106,342 (UK) (19 January 2001)

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ESP 556,250 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Quotes

Dorothy: I need a smoke! I'm on the run from a maniac. So's my dog.
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Spoofs Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

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Sway
Written by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (as Pablo Beltran Ruiz) / Norman Gimbel
Performed by Dean Martin
(p) 1954
Licensed courtesy of Capitol Records Inc
Published by (c) 1953 E.M.M.I. Mexico
(c) 1954 by Peer International Corp., USA
Latin-American Music Publishing Co. Ltd., London
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A defence of 'Beautiful Creatures'!
19 February 2001 | by (Leicester, Engalnd) – See all my reviews



I felt like I had to leap to the defence of ‘Beautiful Creatures' after what everyone had been saying about it. I made it my film of the month in my college magazine film pages. I loved it! I think that not only is it a great British film but a great film full stop. I know it only survived two weeks and was slated by the critics. I think perhaps lots of people were put off by the director's claims of it's dark humour and general shockingness whereas in reality (or unless I am unknowingly deeply psychologically disturbed) it wasn't all that bad. It does deserve it's certificate rating though, I wouldn't go that far.

I found it a welcome antidote to the recent deluge of lad's gangster/thriller flicks. It was fresh and much freer than any of those films. With good reason it has been compared to ‘Thelma and Louise' but as far as I can see it has more in common with the Wachowski brothers' ‘Bound'. Susan Lynch and Rachel Weisz were excellent. Their characters of Dorothy and Petula never came close to being your stereotypical man's-eye women. This reversal on the general way of gangster/thriller films was great stuff. The film was unapologetically British, the very British sense of humour was one of it's best points. Americans do not spare our feelings with their cruel characterisations of British people - why do our films have to America-friendly?

I think it's a shame no-one really gave a chance cos far as I'm concerned you've missed out on one of the warmest, funniest and most realistic films.


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