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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 Anna Karen ... Marlene
Dave Lynn Dave Lynn ... Drag Performer
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Classics

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csodálatos dolog See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,931, 11 October 1996

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On July 2013 filming location has been demolished as part of the Tavy Bridge regeneration project. See more »

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Sandra's handbag, after she gets home. See more »

Quotes

Sandra: It's for his bird.
Tony: Do you have to use words like that? It really disempowers you.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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It's Getting Better
by Barry Mann (as B. Mann) & Cynthia Weil (as C. Weil)
Sung by Cass Elliot (uncredited)
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Extremely Moving
30 January 2001 | by Reece-2See all my reviews

A wonderful story of gay teenagers that is ideal for parents to show their children; so that they understand that gay people may be different, but not bad. Faithful to the play, great music score and gives a real feeling of English tenements.


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