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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Miss Chauhan
Martin Walsh ... Mr. Bennett
Steven M. Martin ... Ryan McBride (as Steven Martin)
Andrew Fraser ... Jayson
John Savage ... Lenny
Scott Neal ... Ste Pearce
Glen Berry ... Jamie Gangel
Julie Smith ... Gina
Linda Henry ... Sandra Gangel
Jeillo Edwards ... Rose
Tameka Empson ... Leah Russell
Anna Karen ... Marlene
... Ronnie Pearce
... Tony
Daniel Bowers ... Trevor Pearce
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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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Rated R for sexuality, pervasive strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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$33,931, 11 October 1996

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$1,500,000
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Jonathan Harvey: Screenwriter appears as the Wheelchair Queen in the scene in the Gloucester pub. See more »

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When Jamie is in the tobacconist's looking at the magazines, there are three copies of "Gay Times" in the long shot, but only two in the closeup. See more »

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Jamie: [hearing phone ring] That'll be the phone.
Sandra: Well it wouldn't be the bloody Hoover bag, would it?
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Features Rosie & Jim (1990) See more »

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Sixteen, Going On Seventeen
By Richard Rodgers (as Rodgers) & Oscar Hammerstein II (as Hammerstein)
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Two male teenagers discover love.
16 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Never have I seen such a simple film that was so satisfying. The screenwriter dealt with the issue of homosexuality among teenagers in a realistic and smart manner. Every time the film becomes a little too dramatic, the director has something funny happen to lighten the atmosphere, which makes for a sweet and touching film. Also, all the characters are complex, so that bad characters do good things and good characters do bad things. Nobody is perfect and nobody is all bad, which makes the film even more realistic. It's similar to the more recent Get Real, but Beautiful Thing is definitely better. This is without a doubt my favorite gay film. Only the British can make a film this good!


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