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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.

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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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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

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 »

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

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Ste: You always wear glasses when you read?
Jamie: Supposed to.
Ste: But you don't at school.
Jamie: It's hardly fetching, is it?
Ste: Nah, looks all right.
Jamie: Really?
Ste: I'm tellin' ya.
Jamie: Cheers.
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References Mastermind (1972) 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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" 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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