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Purely Belter (2000)

Two teenage boys will do anything to get money to buy season tickets for their local team.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Beattie ...
Greg McLane ...
Charlie Hardwick ...
Mrs. McCarten
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Mr. Sewell
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Mr. McCarten
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Jody Baldwin ...
Gemma
Kerry Ann Christiansen ...
Bridget
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Clare
Kate Garbutt ...
Baby Sheara
Laura Garbutt ...
Baby Sheara
Su Elliot ...
Mrs. Brabin (as Su Elliott)
Daniel James Lake ...
Matthew Brabin
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Mrs. Caird
Libby Davison ...
Miss Warren
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Two teenage boys will do anything to get money to buy season tickets for their local team.

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They're a couple of zeros short of a grand

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3 November 2000 (UK)  »

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£289,571 (United Kingdom), 5 November 2000, Limited Release
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Most of the cast have appeared in the children's TV series Byker Grove (1989) See more »

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When the boys enter Mrs. Brabbin's backyard after she calls them over, there are dogs running everywhere. She says that there are at least fourteen of them. They load up the refrigerator and, while Mrs. Brabin watches them, they leave the backyard. Suddenly all the dogs are gone. See more »

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Vicar: He was a loyal friend, a doting father, a loving husband who was cruelly taken from us, during a moments lack of concentration, crossing the inner-ring road, late last Thursday night. We will all miss Billy McCarten.
Gerry McCarten: Thank fuck the busdriver didn't.
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GETTING BETTER
Music and Lyrics by Tom Gladwin (as Thomas Peter Gladwin), Rick Witter (as Richard James Witter),
Alan Leach, Paul Banks
Used by kind permission of Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Shed Seven
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission from The Film and TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
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Like Herman's previous features, Purely Belter is laced with bittersweet comedy
29 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

"You take after your granddad. No words, just dribble and puke." A grandmother tells her teenage daughter's baby "Shearer". Mark Herman's follow-up to his excellent Brassed Off and Little Voice, is a gritty slice of contemporary Geordie life. This Four Film production introduces newcomers Chris Beattie (looks like a miniature Shearer) as Gerry and Greg McLane as unemployed Sewell. They're on a seemingly impossible mission to raise the £1000 for season tickets to see their beloved Newcastle United. While they think up increasingly outlandish money-making schemes - from selling household junk to shoplifting and the odd bit of housebreaking - real life begins to inferere. Gerry's violent and alcoholic father (Tim Healy of Auf Wiedersehn fame putting in a memorable 'orrible performance) forces his way back into his family's life. Like Herman's previous features, Purely Belter is laced with bittersweet comedy and some stunning dialogue ("No Alan [Shearer], not Celine f***ing Dion"), but it somehow lacks the emotional cohesion.


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