In 1985, against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Brian Jackson enrolls in the University of Bristol, a scholarship boy from seaside Essex with a love of knowledge for its own sake and a childhood spent watching "University Challenge," a college quiz show. At Bristol he tries out for the Challenge team and falls under the spell of Alice, a lovely blond with an extensive sexual past. He's smitten, and he carelessly manages to hurt the feelings of Rebecca Epstein, a friend whose politics and wit he admires. The Challenge finale is coming up; maybe Brian can redeem himself and still avoid being a prat. Written by
Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch went on to star opposite each other in Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End. See more »
During the 'University Challenge' competition, Brian answers a question with "Calcium Sulphite" and the question-master says he gave the correct answer of "Calcium Sulphate" (a different compound). An alternative interpretation is that because Brian comes from Essex, he would pronounce "sulphate" like "sulphite". See more »
Performed by Yazoo (as Yaz)
Written by Alison Moyet, Vince Clarke
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC o/b/o Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK Ltd. / Musical Moments UK Ltd. / Mega Music Ltd.
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If you don't like this movie, you just don't have a heart. I read some of the reviews here and they claim it's an American movie with an American budget and it does not portray england as it is/was. give me a break. It's a wonderful movie. I suppose you can say something like that about every movie. I live in Bangkok, do I think 'the beach' is the real Thailand? Hollywood has done far worse. Movies are movies, and thanks god this one is a great movie, with a great leading man/boy. He is probably a bit too old for the role, but he plays so well, that you forget about his age and you will enjoy this movie. Don't believe the negative reviews.
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