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Beats (2019)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 26 June 2020 (USA)
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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.

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Brian Welsh

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Kieran Hurley (based on a play by), Kieran Hurley (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
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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
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Gemma McElhinney ... Laura
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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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Spanner: That was pure magic back there, Johnno.
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The film has a 'text ending', which reveals the eventual fates of its principle characters. See more »

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

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Capturing The Moment
21 May 2019 | by martimusrossSee all my reviews

Beats

This was a very carefully crafted movie, on the face of it is was just about two close friends growing up in 1994 on the wrong side of the tracks. When the parents of one child move away to a more affluent area the boys decide to have one last adventure and go "large" before they go down different paths.

However the writer and director want to say so much more beyond this simple idea and this is the brilliance of this movie. It explored:

1, the deprivation created by de-industrialisation following the Thatcher years and the time of new labour.

2, the nature of friendship and peer pressure.

3, social mobility of children within the UK and familial support needed to progress.

4, disaffection with society in poverty and the search for escape.

The key achievement of this movie was its capturing of 1994 in a northern town. I loved it.


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Release Date:

26 June 2020 (USA) See more »

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