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Beautiful Thing (1996)

In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.

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Hettie Macdonald

Writers:

Jonathan Harvey, Jonathan Harvey (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Linda Henry Linda Henry ... Sandra Gangel
Glen Berry Glen Berry ... Jamie Gangel
Scott Neal Scott Neal ... Ste Pearce
Tameka Empson Tameka Empson ... Leah Russell
Ben Daniels ... Tony
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Benfield ... Rodney Barr
Daniel Bowers Daniel Bowers ... Trevor Pearce
Garry Cooper ... Ronnie Pearce
Terry Duggan Terry Duggan ... Kevin
Jeillo Edwards Jeillo Edwards ... Rose
Andrew Fraser Andrew Fraser ... Jayson
Beth Goddard ... Brewery Official
Davyd Harries ... Brewery Official
Anna Karen ... Marlene
Dave Lynn Dave Lynn ... Drag Performer
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A tender love story set during a hot summer on a South-East London housing estate. Jamie, a relatively unpopular lad who bunks off school to avoid football, lives next door to Ste, a more popular athletic lad but who is frequently beaten up by his father and older brother. Such an episode of violence brings Jamie and Ste together: Sandra (Jamie's mum) offers refugee to Ste, who has to 'top-and-tail' with Jamie. Hence, the story tells of their growing attraction for one another, from initial lingering glances to their irrefutable love, which so magnificently illustrated at the end of the film. It deals with the tribulations of coming to terms with their sexuality and of others finding out, in light of Sandra's unwavering loyalty and defence of Jamie and the fear of repercussion should Ste's family find out. The plot is set against sub-texts of Sandra's desire to manage her own pub, and thus escape the estate, and of her new relationship with her hippy boyfriend Tony; and of Leah, the ... Written by Mark Edwards <me93fm@soton.ac.uk>

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An urban fairytale.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, pervasive strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Sandra recalls that Cass Elliot died by choking on a sandwich she is repeating an urban legend. "Mama" Cass actually died of heart failure. Reports immediately after her death (before the autopsy) apparently quoted her doctor as saying she probably died by choking on a sandwich. Despite the results of the autopsy, the sandwich story has stuck. See more »

Goofs

When Jamie and Ste board the 180 for the Gloucester, it's actually heading AWAY from London and the bar. See more »

Quotes

Jamie: You know who Claude Monet is?
Sandra: Jamie, don't make me out to be thick.
Jamie: Who was he then?
Sandra: He painted the Sixteenth Chapel.
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Connections

Referenced in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Move In a Little Closer Baby
by Arnold Capitanelli (as Capitanelli) & Robert O'Connor (as O'Connor)
Sung by Cass Elliot (uncredited)
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Self discovery and first love
5 August 1998 | by pebsdadSee all my reviews

Gay or straight, this is one of the finest movies ever made about self discovery and teenage love. Albeit the end is a little wishful and optimistic, the characters and situations are perfectly developed and realized, ringing true in almost every scene. This movie makes me smile on every level...from the way the two boys discover their affection for one another, the wonderful comedy relief from the next door neighbor Leah (and her relationship with the entire tenement population), and the perfect choice of soundtrack music from Mama Cass that, at times, seems written specifically for certain scenes and works on both a nostalgic and familiarity level. This movie gets better with every viewing...and I'd love to see what happened to each of the characters in a sequal.

This movie is, without a doubt, very personal to all gay men and women who came out during their youth and a favorite of all of my friends, both gay and straight.


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Official Sites:

Sony Classics

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,931, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$1,548,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,548,120
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