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Beautiful People (1999)

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In London, during October 1993, England is playing Holland in the preliminaries of the World Cup. The Bosnian War is at its height, and refugees from the ex-Yugoslavia are arriving. ... See full summary »


Jasmin Dizdar


Jasmin Dizdar
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Goodridge Thomas Goodridge ... Youth with Mobile Phone
Faruk Pruti Faruk Pruti ... Croat
Tony Peters Tony Peters ... Bus Driver
Dado Jehan Dado Jehan ... Serb
Rosalind Ayres ... Nora Thornton
Julian Firth ... Edward Thornton
Charles Kay ... George Thornton
Charlotte Coleman ... Portia Thornton
Edward Jewesbury ... Joseph Thornton
Bobby Williams Bobby Williams ... Tim Mouldy
Joseph Williams Joseph Williams ... Tom Mouldy
Nicholas Farrell ... Dr. Mouldy
Danny Nussbaum ... Griffin Midge
Steve Sweeney ... Jim
Jay Simpson ... Bigsy


In London, during October 1993, England is playing Holland in the preliminaries of the World Cup. The Bosnian War is at its height, and refugees from the ex-Yugoslavia are arriving. Football rivals, and political adversaries from the Balkans all precipitate conflict and amusing situations. Meanwhile, the lives of four English families are affected in different ways by encounter with the refugees; one of the families improbably becomes involved with a Balkan refugee through the England vs. Holland match. Written by Guy33134

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A comic collision of chaos and coincidence


Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language and some violent content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

17 September 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guerra dos Outros See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,987, 20 February 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$261,360, 16 April 2000
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Portia Thornton: In this country, when we leave the table we say fuck off!
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References The Munsters (1964) See more »


Performed by Nikos Theodoropoulos, Christos Theodoropoulos (karamousa), Dionysios Theodoropoulos,
Mitsos Theodoropoulos (daouli)
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Highly UNDERRATED masterpiece!
11 May 2004 | by Exiled_ArchangelSee all my reviews

Beautiful People is a very interesting movie, not the least bit like anything else you could have seen. It's British to the bone, yet it deals with the lives of non-British people. It's exhilarating, sad, depressing, scary, and everything! Definitely the best effort by British cinema since A Clockwork Orange. Yes, better than Lock Stock, Dirty Pretty Things, and any other British film you can think of. Those who say this movie is overrated, or the acting is crap: I recommend you Terminator3, that's the only type of acting you can bear with. 100% superficial!

This movie nailed me to the screen, and I found it light but rewarding. Maybe it's my Yugoslav roots, but I haven't witnessed the war after all. If you have, you'll be even more fascinated by this flick. It's not that hard to make a good movie about the Yugoslavia issue, but it's hard to make it so light and so beautiful at the same time. But then again, it would be totally unfair to say the movie is about Yugoslavia alone. Actually it's hard to tell what it's about, and that's exactly what makes it beautiful and precious.

It's just perfect.. Go see it NOW!


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