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Young Soul Rebels (1991)

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Youth culture meets identity politics in this part-thriller, part-gay love story set in London in 1977, days before the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations. The hedonistic world of pirate ... See full summary »

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Isaac Julien
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Valentine Nonyela Valentine Nonyela ... Chris
Mo Sesay Mo Sesay ... Caz
Dorian Healy ... Ken
Frances Barber ... Ann
Sophie Okonedo ... Tracy
Jason Durr ... Billibud
Gary McDonald ... Davis
Debra Gillett Debra Gillett ... Jill
Eamonn Walker ... Carlton (as Eamon Walker)
James Bowers James Bowers ... Sparky
Billy Braham Billy Braham ... Kelly
Wayne Norman ... Bigsy
Danielle Scillitoe Danielle Scillitoe ... Trish
Ray Shell Ray Shell ... Jeff Kane
Nigel Harrison Nigel Harrison ... Cid Man
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Youth culture meets identity politics in this part-thriller, part-gay love story set in London in 1977, days before the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations. The hedonistic world of pirate DJs Chris and Caz is shattered when a close friend is killed while cruising in the local park. The black community suspect the National Front, but the police pull Chris in as a suspect. This beautifully crafted period piece, a bold and stylish debut feature from Isaac Julien, paints a convincing picture of late-'70s London. The city is a carefully mapped out social landscape, open to all but offering safety to none, as we are taken to a Dalston barber, east London council estates festooned with Union Jacks, West End offices, soul clubs and city parks.

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A seductive and engaging thriller from one of Britain's most innovative and provocative filmmakers

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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English

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6 December 1991 (USA) See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The film takes place in 1977. See more »


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Don't Let It Go To Your Head
Performed by Jean Carn
Licensed Courtesy of Philadelphia International Records
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Very Poorly Conceived Movie
15 January 2006 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Remember the 1966 movie BLOWUP ? That's the movie that claims to be a murder thriller but is nothing of the sort . YOUNG SOUL REBELS is basically the same , it starts with a murder in a park then spends most of its running time going out of its way not to be a murder thriller except for the last five minutes which reveals who the murderer is . I'm surprised anyone is still able to remember or care about the murder subplot by the end of the movie since it concentrates more on the soul club scene of the late 1970s . Worse it features several scenes of men kissing and in one scene there's something a lot worse than kissing going on

Before anyone goes running to the admin screaming that a raving homophobe has submitted a review let me point out that BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN has received massive critical acclaim ( Though it's unlikely to make more than 50 million dollars at the US box office ) so much for homophobia . What my main gripe the opening and closing scene revolves around a murder and very little in between has anything to do with the alleged main story . There is no main story as we see a rambling ill focused film concerning itself with the club scene of 1977 . Ironically enough there's no feel of time or place here and could easily be set in any part of Britain at any point during the last 30 years

This is just another cheaply made British movie that was produced by people who have no desire to make movies for a mainstream audience . If they had decided to make a movie revolving around a murder in a park that would have been fine , ditto if they had decided to make a movie revolving around the London soul scene but seeing as they've tried to combine the two YOUNG SOUL REBELS is a failure while the scenes of homosexuality is totally alienating for the average cinema goer . At least BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN deserves credit for knowing what it is


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