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SoulBoy (2010)

A coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s Northern Soul underground music scene.

Director:

Shimmy Marcus

Writer:

Jeff Williams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfie Allen ... Russ Mountjoy
Martin Compston ... Joe McCain
Hannah Crighton Hannah Crighton ... Purple Onion Lass
Brian McCardie ... Fish Shop Bobby
Jo Hartley ... Monica
Pat Shortt Pat Shortt ... Brendan
Nichola Burley ... Jane Rogers
Huey Morgan Huey Morgan ... Dee Dee
Danielle Henry ... Chrissie
Craig Parkinson ... Alan
Brennan Reece Brennan Reece ... Dexie
Felicity Jones ... Mandy Hodgson
Bruce Jones ... Mike the Manager
Vortre Williams Vortre Williams ... Derek (as Trevor Williams)
Honra Shirley Honra Shirley ... Mrs. Woods
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A coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s Northern Soul underground music scene.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Filmed in 2008. See more »

Goofs

About an hour into the film, Alfie Allen orders a drink in the pub by saying "can I get a bottle please?".

"Can I get..." is an Americanism that has only crept into the UK some time in the last 10 years and definitely would never have been used in the 70s. See more »

Quotes

Mandy Hodgson: Art college Joe, I've been accepted - and you're not going to stop me.
Joe McCain: Why would I stop you? I think you're amazing, like that guy mattress.
Mandy Hodgson: Matisse.
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Connections

Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #13.46 (2010) See more »

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Performed by Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds
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could have been better but worth a watch all the same
1 November 2013 | by trpuk1968See all my reviews

I remember the buzz around this film a few years ago because it was shot in Stoke and part financed by the now disbanded Screen West Midlands. With whom I had some professional involvement. I can't add anything to the already excellent user comments about this film but will say what I would do differently were I making it. As other users say its a coming of age story set against the northern soul scene of the mid seventies. I've got interested enough in northern soul to have researched it and Wigan Casino was one of umpteen clubs across the midlands and north of England. My strongest criticism of this film is it doesn't work within its constraints of a low budget and the attempts to re create the Wigan Casino don't convince. They needed a bigger budget, a bigger cast of extras and so on. If I was making the film I'd have thought a lot smaller and set it in a fictional soul club or maybe even a youth club in Stoke on Trent. Stoke had a major Northern soul venue in any case I can t remember the name, as did places like Droitwich and Wolverhampton. When Hollywood do period films they have the budget to chuck at it that it convinces. We can't do it. There's all of three period vehicles that appear in the film. Some of the costumes and detailing are wrong. Did digital watches have alarms in 1974? I doubt it. But this is nonetheless entertaining and worth a watch, especially if you like retro drama. I've seen clips from the forthcoming NORTHERN SOUL film which looks a lot more convincing. I was six years old in 1974 so too young to be part of any scene but I still remember the decade and certain things can transport me back. There's a certain 'look' to the seventies and it needs a budget to achieve a convincing rendition in a film. What I saw of NORTHERN SOUL seemed to have it. SOULBOY is 2/3 of the way there, a commendable effort, worth seeing but in my opinion it would have been better if it had been a little more modest in it's ambitions.


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UK

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Release Date:

3 September 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

SoulBoy - Tanz die ganze Nacht See more »

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GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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