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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
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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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Newcastle Boys  »

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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 »

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Gerry McCarten: So how much do you think people are gonna give us, for something we've nicked from a shop called, "Everything's a Pound?"
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MONTAGUES AND CAPULETS
(ROMEO AND JULIET)
Composed by Sergei Prokofiev (as Serge Prokofieff)
By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Licensing
Performed by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Loris Tjeknavorian
By permission of ASV Ltd.
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Season Ticket
11 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mark Herman's (2000) film, drawn from Jonathan Tullock's novel 'Season Ticket', is set in Newcastle upon Tyne in the late '90s.

It weaves the tale of Gerry (Chris Beattie) and Sewell (Greg McLane) as they struggle to make sense of the deficiencies in their fractured lives and solve their insoluble problems, with football.

Within the framework of the close friendship between these two young men, we join them on a journey around Newcastle which can have only one ultimate destination - St James' Park, the home of the 'Toon', Newcastle United Football Club.

But the route is tortuous and led by the fertile imagination and determination of Gerry, Sewell and the rest of us are drawn along as we get to know the characters who populate their special world.

Gerry's semi-absent father (Tim Healy) terrorises the family between safe houses, beating his mother (Charlie Hardwick) and abusing his sister (Kerry Ann Christiansen) as he goes, while Sewell's grandfather (Roy Hudd) struggles to fill the gap left by his parents who have absconded long ago.

Yet, despite everything that confronts them, they unite together with a single, simple achievable aim in life - season tickets to watch Newcastle play.

This is a great film which - like Mark Herman's earlier films 'Brassed Off' and 'Little Voice' - contains the essential spirit of the region it reflects. What shines through is the indominatable spirit and irrepressible resilience of the young.

As the film closes a final unexpected twist places our two heroes exactly where they have wanted to be all along.


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