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Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 May 1987 (UK)
Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns.

Director:

Alan Clarke

Writers:

Andrea Dunbar, Andrea Dunbar (based on the stage plays by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Holmes ... Sue
Siobhan Finneran ... Rita
George Costigan ... Bob
Lesley Sharp ... Michelle
Kulvinder Ghir ... Aslam
Willie Ross Willie Ross ... Sue's Father
Danny O'Dea ... Paddy
David Britton David Britton ... Rita's Brother
Mark Crompton Mark Crompton ... Rita's Brother
Stuart Goodwin ... Rita's Brother
Max Jackman Max Jackman ... Rita's Brother
Andrew Krauz Andrew Krauz ... Rita's Brother
Simon Waring Simon Waring ... Rita's Brother
Maureen Long Maureen Long ... Rita's Mother
Joyce Pembroke Joyce Pembroke ... Lawn Mower Lil
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Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns.

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Andrea Dunbar disowned the film after director Alan Clarke amended her original ending to show Bob get the girls. Local residents of Bradford's Buttershaw estate - where Dunbar still lived - were enraged by its downbeat representation in the film. See more »

Goofs

As they are walking down the street during the school trip the boom mic is visible in the bottom left shop window. See more »

Quotes

Sue's Dad: You'll not get a bleedin' job sittin' on your arse in here.
Sue's Mum: Look who's talking; you haven't done a day's work in years!
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More Than Physical
Performed by Bananarama
Written and Composed by Mike Stock / Matt Aitken / Pete Waterman / Sara Dallin / Siobhan Fahey / Keren Woodward
Published by Warner Bros. Music Limited
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Will unsettle some but delight others
6 April 2017 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

British playwright Andrea Dunbar combined two of her stage plays to create the movie script for Rita, Sue and Bob Too, a movie which, in my family at least, is somewhat fondly remembered as a naughty and gleefully foul-mouthed comedy about an older, married man who starts a sexually-charged relationship with two schoolgirls who babysit his children. 30 years on, the subject matter could be slightly troubling, and it just may be exactly that for some people seeing it for the first time. Yet with the tagline "Thatcher's Britain with her knickers down!" and the socially aware Alan Clarke at the helm, it's clear that the film is much more than a titillating throwback to the Carry On days, and paints an incredibly grim picture of working-class life in Bradford, and of Britain as a whole.

Rita (Downton Abbey's Siobhan Finneran) and Sue (Michelle Holmes) are two bubbly and outgoing girls making some extra cash on the side by babysitting for middle-class couple Bob (George Cositgan) and Michelle (Lesley Sharp). While driving the girls home one night, Bob takes a detour to the moors where he proceeds to have sex with both of them, one after the other. The threesome start a potentially damaging relationship, with the girls having to deal with a troubled home- life and the pressures of school gossip, and Bob coming under scrutiny from his wife, who he has cheated on many times before. As Bob and Rita grow closer and Sue finds herself in an abusive relationship with young Pakistani Aslam (Kulvinder Ghir), close bonds are broken and lives are ruined, when all Bob really wants is to get his rocks off.

It is a film that would never get made nowadays, but Clarke's film never attempts to make any stance on the morality of the characters' actions. For a guy who sounds like a complete scumbag on paper, Bob is a surprisingly likable, if obviously flawed, chap. Rita and Sue are so loud, abrasive and willing to participate in the bizarre three-way that they it's impossible to view them as victims. The picture painted by Dunbar and Clarke of a crumbling Britain in the grip of austerity suggests that the central characters are acting out of boredom and to escape the banality of their suffocating environment. It is a socioeconomic drama cleverly disguised as an old-fashioned sex farce, and succeeds in being socially observant and laugh-out-loud funny. The introduction to Sue's frenetic home- life is a mixture of amusing one-liners and kitchen-sink angst, and this lopsided tone is consistent throughout the rest of the film. With its lack of ethical judgement amidst such a potentially creepy subject matter, Rita, Sue and Bob Too with unsettle some but delight others.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob e as Suas Mulheres See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,947, 19 July 1987

Gross USA:

$124,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,167
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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