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Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, ... See full summary »

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Richard Spence

Writer:

Tony Marchant
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Mackintosh ... Karl / Kim Foyle
Rupert Graves ... Paul Prentice
Miriam Margolyes ... Pamela
Saskia Reeves ... Jean
Charlotte Coleman ... Alison
Neil Dudgeon ... Neil Payne
Nisha Nayar ... Angela (as Nisha K. Nayar)
Lia Williams ... Defence Solicitor
Ian Dury ... Recovery Agent
Robert Pugh ... DS Cole
Phil Davis ... Taxi Driver (as Philip Davis)
Rick Warden ... PC Ken
Kevin Allen ... PC Alan
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ... Sergeant Harry
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Prosecuting Solicitor
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Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, and she has no desire to stir up the past while she's busy forging a neat and orderly new life. Prentice, on the other hand, has charm but is a social disaster stuck in a dead-end job. His main talent is for getting them both into trouble. Amid the squabbles, they start to fall in love. One night, Kim invites Prentice to a romantic dinner at her flat. Prentice, finding the seduction unexpectedly effective, freaks out. He proceeds to make a public display of both of them and winds up in court. Humiliated and angry, Kim runs away. Only she can save Prentice now, but will true love triumph for a new made woman and an aging punk? Written by <jsharp@digitus.mozart.co.uk>

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, brief graphic sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossing the Border See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,816, 14 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$211,048, 12 October 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Sat on the shelf for three years before being released. See more »

Quotes

[complaining about the size of his fine for indecent exposure]
Paul Prentice: Fifty Quid! I didn't know pricks could be so expensive!
Defence Solicitor: Only if you behave like one.
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Soundtracks

Suspect Device
written by Jake Burns (as Burns) & Gordon Ogilvie (as Ogilvie)
performed by Stiff Little Fingers
recording company: Stiff Little Fingers
published by Complete Music Ltd
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Excellent, Much Better Than I Expected......
13 December 2004 | by indigopussycat2See all my reviews

I began to watch this film thinking that it would be about the usual prejudice and queer bashing.......

What I realized is that it was a very touching drama about a post-op male to female transsexual and a former male schoolfriend.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and have watched it 8 times in 3 days. It is so touching and tender and at the end, concentrates on the nice side of life. It makes me feel so humble.

It has given me a lot to think about how I was maybe a little more judgemental than I thought I was.

Brilliant acting.

I have fallen for Rupert Graves, who plays the male schoolfriend,- I have visited his website and am going home to find the film, 'Damage', which I already have - and I have ordered 'Room With A View'.

Rupert and Steven are such a brilliant actors.

I can't believe that Steven Mackintosh, who played the very gentle and very ladylike, Kim, could be the same horrible guy who is 'The Street', thug and bullyboy from Prime Suspect 5.

Both excellent main actors, as well as a well known supporting cast, which included Charlotte Coleman, (who has sadly since died, aged 33, from an asthma attack), Saskia Reeves, Miriam Margolyes and Neil Dudgeon.

I have looked for the DVD on region 2 in this country, but I can only find it NTSC, Region 1.

Can anyone help ?

Enjoy,

Best Wishes,

Indigopussycat2. xx


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