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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The lead singer of Black Lace featured in the film Alan Barton died in a coach crash in 1995. He was also in the band Smokie. 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

[Rita and Sue are in Bob's car. Bob is about to make love to Sue on the front seat. Rita is in the back, feeling rather left out of things]
Rita: [sarcastically] I'll just watch, if it's all right?
[Bob climbs on top of Sue. Rita takes a closer look]
Rita: Jesus! It looks like a frozen sausage!
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Connections

Features Sholay (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Late Nights
Music by Steve Jeffries
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Funny, sad, sometimes grim, but not moribund.
10 January 2004 | by andy67ukSee all my reviews

This is quite a low-key film from Alan Clark. It is a sad, funny, warts-and-all story about social desperation, and how people seek escape and solace from it. George Costigan is excellent as the bored, 'nouveau-riche' husband who gets his kicks from seducing less experienced teenagers. The two girls are wonderfully played and their characterisations are true to life. This is also a film about the 'little' people. Some viewers might be offended by the use of racist language used when referring to Asians, and perhaps even the portrayal of Sue's Pakistani boyfriend as violent, but this is essential to the realistic depiction of working-class life in a decaying inner-city area. The funniest characters are Sue's drunken and obnoxious father, and the nosey parker with the hosepipe who's always got his eye on the strange goings on in the neighbourhood. This film also marked the highest moment of that dreadful party band Black Lace who perform a composition entitled 'Gang Bang'. It is the films bawdiness and honesty that makes 'Rita, Sue and Bob too' a minor classic of the long gone 1980s.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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