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Goodbye Charlie Bright (2001)

Goodbye Charlie Bright is the humorous and heart-warming story of the friendship between two teenage boys from a tough council estate. Set during a long hard summer it charts the close but volatile relationship between Charlie and Justin.

Director:

Nick Love

Writers:

Nick Love (screenplay), Dominic Eames (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Nicholls ... Charlie Bright
Roland Manookian ... Justin
Phil Daniels ... Eddie
Jamie Foreman ... Tony
Danny Dyer ... Francis
Dani Behr Dani Behr ... Blondie
Richard Driscoll Richard Driscoll ... Hector
David Thewlis ... Dad
Sid Mitchell Sid Mitchell ... Tommy
Alexis Rodney ... Damien
Nicola Stapleton ... Julie
Brian Jordan Brian Jordan ... Duke
Lucy Bowen Lucy Bowen ... Duke's girlfriend
Tameka Empson Tameka Empson ... Kay
Sian Welsh Sian Welsh ... Janet
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Storyline

Charlie is a London youngster who,with his friends,indulges in streaking and petty crime. However he aspires to better himself though his reckless friend Justin ruins his chances of working with his cousin Hector as an estate agent. Another of Charlie's friends Francis learns that his girlfriend has been unfaithful with the older Eddie and seeks revenge but ends up getting run over by Eddie. Justin steals a gun and drags a reluctant Charlie along to kill Eddie,though he only wounds him. The two boys end up on a roof with the police below before their fates are finally settled. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Official Sites:

Metrodome Group / Film Four

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Strong Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

Bermondsey, London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£28,723 (United Kingdom), 13 May 2001, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bonaparte Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Charlie and Justin attend Hector's party, they are seen taking the Central Line out into Essex, where Hector's mansion is supposedly located. They get off the train at Debden Station and are seen coming out of the main entrance and walking down the street. This scene was actually not filmed at Debden Station but at Ickenham Station, which is on the Metropolitan/Picadilly Line (as opposed to the Central) and in Middlesex (not Essex), which is on the other side of London, to the West rather than the East. Director Nick Love superimposed the word "Debden" over the "Ickenham" section of the sign, though quite why he chose to shoot the scene at Ickenham instead of Debden remains unclear. Ironically, it's unlikely that the boys would have used Debden to get to a house like Hector's anyway - if the house was supposedly in that part of Essex, it would have been more likely to have been somewhere like Chigwell. See more »

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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Eastenders for the Big Screen
5 February 2015 | by respierre428See all my reviews

Nick Love used to be married to Pasty Palmer, Paul Nicholls used to be in Eastenders, Phil Daniels hasn't really done anything decent since Quadrophenia and was in Eastenders as well (and is actually the only decent actor in this) while Danny Dyer currently is in Eastenders... There is a very strong Eastenders feel to this and I don't mean that in a good way. It's a movie for people who for some reason wish they were raised on a "rough Southeast London" estate or for foreigners who will think this is what "rough Southeast London" estates are like. People who actually live on South London estates, rough or not, will look at it and wonder who came up with this rubbish before switching off. And don't get me started on the accents. I know some of the actors have strong London accents in real life, so why overdo them? It makes the movie even more fake than it already is. I live on a SE London estate, and no one here, old or young, speaks like that. The simple plot couldn't be more predictable than an Eastenders episode, so the only surprise is that instead of the famous drum roll, it all ends with Oasis, which is probably the best bit in the movie.


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