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Two teenage boys will do anything to get money to buy season tickets for their local team.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Beattie ... Gerry McCarten
Greg McLane ... Sewell
Charlie Hardwick ... Mrs. McCarten
... Mr. Sewell
... Mr. McCarten
... Mr. Caird
Jody Baldwin ... Gemma
Kerry Ann Christiansen ... Bridget
... Clare
Kate Garbutt ... Baby Sheara
Laura Garbutt ... Baby Sheara
Su Elliot ... Mrs. Brabin (as Su Elliott)
Daniel James Lake ... Matthew Brabin
... Mrs. Caird
Libby Davison ... Miss Warren
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Two teenage boys will do anything to get money to buy season tickets for their local team.

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They're a couple of zeros short of a grand

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3 November 2000 (UK)  »

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Newcastle Boys  »

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£289,571 (United Kingdom), 5 November 2000, Limited Release
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When Sewell and Gemma are talking in private, Gerry wants to know what they're talking about. One of his mates comments: "What are you? Inspector fucking Morse?" Inspector Morse (1987) was a highly acclaimed TV series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately, who plays Mr. Caird in this movie. See more »

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When the boys enter Mrs. Brabbin's backyard after she calls them over, there are dogs running everywhere. She says that there are at least fourteen of them. They load up the refrigerator and, while Mrs. Brabin watches them, they leave the backyard. Suddenly all the dogs are gone. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Caird: You're supposed to be changing in the gym with the others!
Gerry McCarten: I haven't got any decent kit.
Mr. Caird: I haven't got any decent kit SIR!
Gerry McCarten: Well that makes two of us.
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I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY
Written by Roy Wood
Published by Roy Wood Publishing
Performed by Wizzard
(P) 1973 Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Ultimately a feel good movie full of kind black humour
6 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Our odd little "heros" don't want much. And they don't expect much. But it seems that even that little bit is more than they are going to get in life. Their bleak environment conspires against them at every turn. How nice than that along the way of pushing the proverbial uphill, their innocent simple kindness manages to let a little light into the life of some of the more sympathetic of their fellow sufferers who are also up against it.

There are exquisite, bleakly funny, little twists and turns, there is (pitch) black humour embedded in what are profoundly tragic circumstances. It meanders desperately and seemingly endlessly but just as one is about to murder the author for cruelty above and beyond what's acceptable even to fictional characters, some loose ends come together for those who don't blink at the crucial moment.

Everyone I saw walking out of the cinema was smiling, and that memory has stayed with me for the several years between now and then.


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