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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

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Gross USA:

$124,167
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First cinema film of Lesley Sharp. See more »

Goofs

The famous Bollywood movie (Sholey) song was playing in the theater but they mentioned it that it was a Pakistani movie. See more »

Quotes

Aslam: I can't help being a paki!
Sue's Dad: Yes you fuckin' can. Shouldn't interfere.
Sue's Mum: Nor should you! You're always tellin' folk what they should do; you haven't done it yourself!
Sue's Dad: [trying to be dignified] I've done some things...
Sue's Mum: You've done nowt and you've been nowt all your life!
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Connections

Featured in The Arbor (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Turbo Charged
Music by Peter Hinton and Will Reid-Dick
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Best friends discover sex and the importance of their friendship
18 February 2007 | by pocketearwigSee all my reviews

Not bleak at all. I first saw this film at the cinema. I was 16 and from comparatively affluent Cambridge (UK), I had no idea people lived such lives. At the time I found the sex scenes surprising for their realism having been spoiled by Hollywood's romantic handling of it. But sitting in the cinema with my best friend I remember delighting in the development of the friendship between the two girls.

So when it came on telly recently I thought I'd give it 10 minutes to see why I'd always remembered it so fondly. I'm glad I did. I think the first reviewer is too used attaching the word bleak to anything "northern" or "realistic". I found it anything but. The film *is* a comment on Thatcher's Britain but although the backdrop to the story is a run-down estate and the characters are financially poor the story is tender, funny and celebratory.

The title shows what the film is about, it's about Rita and Sue, Bob's only an afterthought. Throughout the whole relationship the girls are in control of the hapless Bob who's sex-drive leads to his making some pretty unwise choices, Rita and Sue are his enthusiastic conspirators. The relationship with Bob tests their friendship but it is ultimately made stronger.

The film has some wonderful moments, Sue's father is the most convincing drunk I've ever seen. The end is fantastic, look out for the Union Jack in that great last shot.


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