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Beats (2019)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 26 June 2020 (USA)
2:13 | Trailer
Two teenage boys in Scotland in 1994, best friends with no control over their lives, risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives.


Brian Welsh


Kieran Hurley (based on a play by), Kieran Hurley (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Cristian Ortega ... Johnno
Lorn Macdonald ... Spanner
Laura Fraser ... Alison
Brian Ferguson Brian Ferguson ... Robert
Ross Mann ... D-Man
Amy Manson ... Cat
Rachel Jackson ... Wendy
Neil Leiper Neil Leiper ... Fido
Kevin Mains Kevin Mains ... Les
Stephen McCole ... Sergeant Ian Black
Josh Whitelaw Josh Whitelaw ... Gary
Ryan Fletcher ... PC Billy Moncreif
Patrick McAlindon Patrick McAlindon ... Connor
Martin Donaghy Martin Donaghy ... Colin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gemma McElhinney ... Laura


Two best friends in a small Scottish town in the summer of '94 who head out for one last night together before life takes them in different directions. Going to an illegal rave, the boys journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the law as they share a night that they will never forget. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Music


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Did You Know?


In the UK, the film is certified as 18 but the two trailers were certified as 12 and 12A, which is unusual for trailers for an 18 film. The BBFC report says that the certificate was given only because of "very strong language", with no mention of violence or sex. See more »


In the "motorway" scene, immediately after D-Man is put in the boot of the Volvo, a Mk7 Ford Transit minibus drives past - a vehicle which didn't exist until 2006. See more »


Johnno: You don't have to go back there, you know.
Spanner: I do.
Johnno: You don't.
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Crazy Credits

The film has a 'text ending', which reveals the eventual fates of its principle characters. See more »


References Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979) See more »

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Rave into the grave
6 October 2019 | by kevin cSee all my reviews

This film had all the ingredients but didn't work for me.

This is tartan Dazed & Confused territory - one last BIG night fare. And Trainspotting hangs over affairs, with one of the main characters a double-take for Spud and a PoundLand Renton in the tale.

The trouble is it chucks all the ingredients in: Criminal Justice bill, coming Blair; closing down of the mines; police brutality. But they all seem muddled (or incorrect). And many of the characters incredibly one-dimensional.

However, it ends on a tender note as two young men whose bond is strengthened through their shared love of music.

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