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The Punk (1993)

David, a London street kid falls in love with little rich girl Rachel, but their romance is frowned upon by their parents and peers. When David kills a man in self-defence, he goes on the ... See full summary »

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... David
Vanessa Hadaway ... Rachel
David Shawyer ... David's Father
... Rachel's Father
Jackie Skarvellis ... David's Mother (as Jacqueline Skarvellis)
Yolanda Mason ... Rachel's Stepmother
Alex Mollo ... Stray Cat
Peter Miles ... Shakespeare
R.J. Bell ... R.J
... Lefty
Julian Wooley ... Monk
David Doyle ... Roger Rabbit
Daniel Ilsley ... Weedy
Louie Simpson ... Punk Friend #1
... Punk Friend #2
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David, a London street kid falls in love with little rich girl Rachel, but their romance is frowned upon by their parents and peers. When David kills a man in self-defence, he goes on the run from his policeman father, while Rachel tries to find him first. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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25 November 1994 (UK)  »

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The Punk and the Princess  »

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David Doyle's final feature film. See more »

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Features Mr. Bean (1990) See more »

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star crossed lovers overcome adversity, drugs class and parents in this contemporary retelling of Romeo and Juliet
6 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Charlie-Creed Miles, (the fifth element) gives a heart warming emotional performance as David, the son of a 'copper'. He rebels and becomes an archetypal Punk, moves out of home and finds a squat, whee we see he is a cultured person reading Rimbaud and an incredible musician writing his own music. Vanessa Hadaway stars as Rachel a spoilt Jewish American princess studying acting in London. She dates a psycho biker boyfriend, Ned, to annoy her father. David bumps into Rachel in a theatre where she is playing the starring role in Romeo and Juliet. He is fleeing Rachel's boyfriend, who he has just taken money off playing pool. David's best friend overdoses on drugs making for an emotional reflection on modern day London. Eventually he manages to date Rachel and when saying good bye is confronted by Ned. They fight and he ends up killing Ned with his own knife. Hurt and destitute the dealer that sold drugs to his best friend finds him and gives him a safe house and drugs. David takes them and is slowly falling into oblivion and perhaps death when Rachel escapes her families country retreat to find and eventually resuscitate him, with the help of his father. Absolutely terrific. Heart-warming, dramatic, tear jerker. Wonderful.


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