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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meera Syal ... Miss Chauhan
Martin Walsh Martin Walsh ... Mr. Bennett
Steven M. Martin Steven M. Martin ... Ryan McBride (as Steven Martin)
Andrew Fraser Andrew Fraser ... Jayson
John Savage John Savage ... Lenny
Scott Neal Scott Neal ... Ste Pearce
Glen Berry Glen Berry ... Jamie Gangel
Julie Smith Julie Smith ... Gina
Linda Henry Linda Henry ... Sandra Gangel
Jeillo Edwards Jeillo Edwards ... Rose
Tameka Empson Tameka Empson ... Leah Russell
Anna Karen Anna Karen ... Marlene
Garry Cooper ... Ronnie Pearce
Ben Daniels ... Tony
Daniel Bowers Daniel Bowers ... Trevor Pearce
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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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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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Both lead actors Scott Neal(Ste) and Glen Berry(Jamie) appeared on a popular police TV series The Bill yet not together.Scott Neal's character of PC Luke Ashton on The Bill is also gay,much like Ste.Luke's gay kiss was the first gay kiss ever on The Bill. See more »

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When Jamie and Ste board the 180 for the Gloucester, it's actually heading AWAY from London and the bar. 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 Mastermind (1972) See more »

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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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A Truly Beautiful Thing
25 August 2004 | by GuildfordianSee all my reviews

A Truly Beautiful Thing to watch. The whole film is fantastic, for all areas, the hard-working, loving, caring single mother, the shy, nervous, unsure child, the popular but insecure, frightened, abused boy, the crazy neighbours, everything!

The film has some amazing scenes in it, especially the scene in the woods with the music - makes me cry and smile every time, the two young lovers are just wrapped up in themselves with no care in the world and it really shows through the acting and reactions of the actors, who obviously have such chemistry about them - and the music as well was fabulous and so poignant.

This is probably my second ranking film of this genre (possible my second favourite in all) the first goes to Get Real that applied more to me than this film did, though the film affected me in a similar way to Get Real. Get Real changed my life, Beautiful Thing helped it along.

I give this film a very good 9/10 (I never give 10 it may prevent others from trying to match or better it!)


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