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Purely Belter (2000)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  3 November 2000 (UK)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Beattie ...
Gerry McCarten
Greg McLane ...
Sewell
Charlie Hardwick ...
Mrs. McCarten
Roy Hudd ...
Mr. Sewell
Tim Healy ...
Mr. McCarten
...
Mr. Caird
Jody Baldwin ...
Gemma
Kerry Ann Christiansen ...
Bridget
Tracy Whitwell ...
Clare
Kate Garbutt ...
Baby Sheara
Laura Garbutt ...
Baby Sheara
Su Elliot ...
Mrs. Brabin (as Su Elliott)
Daniel James Lake ...
Matthew Brabin
Tracey Wilkinson ...
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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Purely Belter  »

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£289,571 (UK) (3 November 2000)

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ESP 9,641,139 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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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 Gerry And Sewell Go To The Sunderland, they are seen getting the bus at Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle City Centre, this is wrong because The Go-North East Bus Company and Nexus transport authority only run buses to Sunderland from Eldon Square Bus Station in Newcastle See more »

Quotes

Mr. Caird: You're supposed to be changing in the gym with the others!
Gerry McCarten: I haven't got any decent kit.
Mr. Caird: I haven't got any decent kit SIR!
Gerry McCarten: Well that makes two of us.
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Written by Gabrielle (as Gabriella Bobb) & Timothy Laws
Published by Perfect Songs Ltd. / Period Music
(administered by Zomba Songs Inc.) (BMI)
(administered by Zomba Music Publishers Ltd. in the UK and Eire)
Performed by Gabrielle
Courtesy of Go! Beat / Polydor UK Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission from The Film and TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
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mediocre at best
10 January 2010 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Herman has made northern drama his own with Little Voice and Brassed Off, but the formula falters in this ropey, flat and contrived tale of two teenage delinquents trying to get season tickets to see Newcastle.

Truancy, underage smoking and drinking, underage sex, teenage abortion, school bullying, drug abuse, substance abuse, depression, child violence, child sex abuse, shoplifting, housebreaking, auto theft, violent assault and armed robbery all put in an appearance here. None of these issues are explored, they merely serve to move the story along from one implausible situation to another. The film is not as acutely observed as Trainspotting, as poignant as The Full Monty, or as reflective of the times as Wonderland (from which it shamelessly steals music in an overly-manipulative manner). I suspect none of the filmmakers are from Newcastle, and have certainly never experienced the social problems the film references. I am all for entertainment, and Herman's track record shows he is aware of the need to balance the social message with laughs and tears. Quite simply, he comes up incredibly short here.

The film has a nice ending, but there are far too many flat, banal moments to sit through to get there. Nicely shot, not very well acted, and ultimately fails on three crucial points: script, script, script.


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