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The Leather Boys (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 8 March 1964 (UK)
An immature teenager marries a young biker but becomes disenchanted with the realities of working class marriage and her husband's relationship with his best friend.

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Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Gillian Freeman (screenplay), Gillian Freeman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Tushingham ... Dot
Colin Campbell ... Reggie
Dudley Sutton ... Pete
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Gran
Avice Landone ... Reggie's Mother
Lockwood West Lockwood West ... Reggie's Father
Betty Marsden Betty Marsden ... Dot's Mother
Martin Matthews Martin Matthews ... Uncle Arthur (as Martin Mathews)
Johnny Briggs ... Boy Friend
James Chase James Chase ... Les
Geoffrey Dunn Geoffrey Dunn ... Mr. Lunnis
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Stanley
Elizabeth Begley Elizabeth Begley ... Woman Receptionist
Valerie Varnam Valerie Varnam ... Brenda
Jill Mai Meredith Jill Mai Meredith ... June (as Jill Meredith)
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Storyline

Reggie and Dot are a young South London couple who get married before they really get to know each other. After the marriage, they quickly begin to drift apart. Dot seems content to pursue her own interests, until Reggie meets Pete, a fellow cyclist, and begins to explore his own identity. Written by Alan F. Hickman <alanhick@prodigy.net>

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"The Leather Boys" Begins Where the Mods, Rockers and Wild Ones Left Off... See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A bőrkabátos fiúk See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The motorcycle diner / meeting point was filmed at The Ace Cafe on the North Circular Road, *the* meeting point for British motorcyclists in the 1960s. Closed down and used as a tyre depot in the 1970s and 1980s, the site was restored and then reopened in September 2001 and is again popular with motorcyclists and car enthusiasts. Upon its reopening, Rita Tushingham visited the Ace, later doing so with both Dudley Sutton and Colin Campbell. See more »

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The blueprint for Quadrophenia
26 October 2010 | by goldgreenSee all my reviews

A fascinating film which shows you just how fast the 1960s was waking up in 1964. Some say the homosexuality in the film is referred to obliquely. I disagree. Unless you are 13 years old, it should be very obvious that Reggie's mate is gay about half way through the film. Other than that it is fascinating to see how the film was used as a template for Quadrophenia (1979). I can think of at least 10 similarities. 1) Our hero is working class teenager with a broad cockney accent. 2) All his mates ride motorbikes. 3) The main character takes a road trip to Brighton 4) The argument in the café in Brighton between the two key male characters. 5) The same shot of the massed bikes facing the camera as they head off down a London road. 6) Jimmy in Quadrophenia has a close mate who works as a car engineer. Reggie works as a car/ bike engineer. 7) One of the main characters (Chalkie?) stands out by wearing a traditional tweed hat with a feather in it - the character who calls the start of the endurance race in Leather Boys wears one too. 8) Jimmy encounters his old biker school mate (played by Ray Winstone) when both are stark naked in the baths...need I say more. 9) Reggie/ Jimmy are unable to sustain a relationship with their girlfriends. 10) ..and this is the clincher. The final scene has Jimmy/Reggie walking towards the camera after their whole world has fallen apart, with the audience left guessing what will become of them. Especially liked Rita Tushingham's performance in Leather Boys, she does angry much better than Lesley Ash in Quadrophenia.


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