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Like It Is (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 28 August 1998 (USA)
A tough young boxer struggles to come out in England. Having travelled to London, from his smaller town, he meets and falls for a twenty-something music producer. But love doesn't come easy.

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Paul Oremland

Writer:

Robert Gray (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Bell ... Craig
Ian Rose Ian Rose ... Matt
Roger Daltrey ... Kelvin
Dani Behr Dani Behr ... Paula
Jude Alderson Jude Alderson ... Gloria
Emile Charles Emile Charles ... Aylon
Chris Hargreaves Chris Hargreaves ... Tony, Craig's Brother (as Christopher Hargreaves)
Paul Broughton Paul Broughton ... Minto
P.J. Nicholas P.J. Nicholas ... Jamie
Sean Simpson Sean Simpson ... Jack
Charlie Caine Charlie Caine ... Terry, DJ
Stephen Burke Stephen Burke ... Luke
Dickon Tolson Dickon Tolson ... Dirty Dave
Chris Ross Chris Ross ... Andy
Tony Van Silva ... Fight Loser
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Storyline

Craig is a rough kid in Blackpool, picking up cash as a bare-knuckle club fighter; he's also having a hard time accepting that he's gay. Outside a dance club, he meets Matt, a Londoner working for Kelvin, a shady but enterprising music producer. Matt's flatmate is a client, singer Paula Poptart, who's Matt's good friend but also insecure and needy as a performer. Craig comes down to London to join Matt, but this presents problems for Matt, who's had lots of blokes but never fallen in love. Matt's feelings, Kelvin's demands, Matt's dream to run a rock club, Paula's snits and jealousy, and Craig's lack of job skills combine to put Craig and Matt's relationship in jeopardy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baš kao što jeste See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,426, 11 December 1998

Gross USA:

$94,943, 24 January 1999
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Production Co:

Channel Four Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Craig: He kept calling me queer!
Matt: For fuck's sake, Craig, that's what you are, a queer! Just deal with it!
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Soundtracks

Do I
Stealth Club Mix
Performed by Denise Gordon, Gifted
Written by Carl Turner
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gay boxer finds love
26 September 2005 | by esh04676See all my reviews

Somewhat disjointed in continuity, Like It Is nevertheless did hold my interest. Steve Bell, who plays the young boxer Craig, is effective as the bare-knuckle fighter trying to make his way in the world with his bare fists. At the same time he is troubled by the nature of his sexuality as gay impulses begin stirring when he meets Matt, played by Ian Rose. Their first attempt at a physical relationship is a disaster, but later on they consummate their love in a scene that must have been challenging for the two young actors. The film was obviously shot on low budget but the DVD has a couple of "extras," a sign for me that the producers are aiming to capture a larger audience. Unfortunately a big obstacle is the lack of captions. Much of the film was shot in Blackpool in northern England where the regional dialect is difficult for Americans to understand. It is a "foreign language," and the viewers need a break with some interpretation.


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