Tynesides 'Premier fanny rat' Sidnet Smutt stars in this fiesta of drinking, fighting and chasing women. His exploits are accompanied by his drinking mates Baz, Bob and Joe. Together they blunder their way through the social scene of Newcastle upon Tyne. The film is divided in to five parts. The first, 'Oot on the tap' tells the tale of a Friday night out in the pub, curry house, night club and kebab shop. The second, 'Eurosidney' sees the lads unsuccessfully on the pull in Spain, although Sid's big mouth gets him deported. The third, 'Sid's ship comes in', finally sees him find female attention. The fourth, 'Sid's blind date', sees Sid on the famous ITV game show, and the final episode 'The big pull' has Sidney trying to inconspicuously purchase a top shelf magazine from the newsagents. Written by
Truly magnificent in its scope, sweeping unwittingly across many classical film genres with each episodic masterpiece exuding exquisite charm.
It's up there with the "Greats" 2001, The Godfather, Gone With The Wind, etc.
With no disrespect Tony Barnes' direction, one can only imagine what Kubrick, Scorsese or even Spielberg would have made of the material: Bob De Niro's Sid to Al Pacino's Baz? I leave it to your imagination.
Gorgeously smutty, yet ethereally wistful, it's a modern-day classic the stuff of legend.
Perhaps a sequel is in the offing? May I suggest a working title? Sidney Smutter And The Helmet of Tyneside.
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