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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.

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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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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The rainbow early in the movie is inaccurately depicted: the red band should be outside the curve, and the blue/violet band on the inside. A rainbow is composed of the entire spectrum of colors of visible light, from the longest wavelength, red, to the shortest wavelength, violet. The order of colors in a rainbow is easiest to remember by the following mnemonic (a formula that helps one remember something): Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain. R=red, O=orange, Y=yellow, G=green, B=blue, I=indigo, and V=violet. Red is naturally at the top edge (longest, or hottest in the spectrum) of the rainbow and violet is at the bottom edge (shortest, or coolest in the spectrum), with the other colors, in order, in between. 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 Mastermind (1972) See more »

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Welcome To The World
by Scott English (as English) & Martin Siegal (as Siegal)
Sung by Cass Elliot (uncredited)
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Two male teenagers discover love.
16 April 2000 | by radioheadvoicesSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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