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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.


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?


One of two films named 'Beats' to be released in 2019. 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 »


Spanner: Is he alright?
Alison: He will be.
Spanner: Can... Can I see him?
Alison: [Alison takes a moment] He's upstairs.
[Spanner starts to go upstairs]
Alison: Shoes off!
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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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Great visual experience about friendship and a specific time in the UK
1 February 2019 | by costa-83836See all my reviews

I saw this movie on a surprise screening at the IFFR. It was voted third by the viewers at the festival and therefore got chosen for an extra screening.

I was blown away by this film. It's almost entirely shot with a grey filter that adds to the grittiness of the Scottish town where this movie predominantly plays in. The story in itself is quite simple. but the interaction between the characters makes sure that this was movie is one of the most unique 'coming of age' experiences i've seen. The movie is full of humor in a way that feels very natural. The movie is visually beautiful in it's own gritty way. At a certain point in the way movie the style of cinematografy completely changes in a way that helps immerse the viewer in a fresh and exciting way.

I do not want to spoil the movie in any way, If you have a chance to see this movie in the cinema I would advise you to do so. The sound is amazing and brings the whole experience together. Even if you are not a fan of the genre of music (like me) this movie will probably still be amazing.


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