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Beautiful Thing (1996)

Jamie is a shy teenager, often bullied at school. His neighbour Ste has a rough time at home, being beaten by his father and brother. This issues bring them together and they find that what they feel for each other is more than friendship.

Director:

Hettie Macdonald

Writers:

Jonathan Harvey, Jonathan Harvey (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Linda Henry ... Sandra Gangel
Glen Berry ... Jamie Gangel
Scott Neal ... Ste Pearce
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 ... 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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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.

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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

Linda Henrys character in this needs up owning a pub and working as a barmaid in a pub. Shirley Carter, her character in EastEnders also owns a pub and works as a barmaid. See more »

Goofs

When Leah is "making-up" to go out with Ste and Jamie at the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

Leah: Come on Slasher, let's go.
Sandra: Slasher? What do you slash, crepe paper?
Leah: He's incontinent.
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References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

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Sixteen, Going On Seventeen
By Richard Rodgers (as Rodgers) & Oscar Hammerstein II (as Hammerstein)
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" Beautiful Thing Is A Beautiful Movie"
21 March 2006 | by bobnoelherrSee all my reviews

This is an "excellent" romantic love story concerning two coming of age boys in gay accepting England.

We found the movie to be both entertaining and moving.

We own the movie on both VHS & DVD, that's how much we enjoy it.

I would like to have seen a sequel to "Beautiful Thing", merely to have had the writer pick up the story after Sandra & Jamie moved to Sandra's Pub. The reason being, the movie ends giving the impression that Sandra took Ste along with her & Jamie, to live with them at Pub.

I feel a sequel would carry on further with this point, along with how the boys relationship grew with time. Gays need a positive light, as "Beautiful Thing" portrays.

I was wondering if anyone else feels the same way concerning Ste moving with Sandra & Jamie.

I can "HIGHLY" recommend this movie, as it is well done, and a touching story.

Lea, adds much to the movie also. We loved how at the end of the movie she becomes a friend to both Ste & Jamie. But than again, you could almost tell it would happen. Lea was a free spirit who did a she felt.


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Country:

UK

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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