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Beats (2019)

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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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Cast

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 ... 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
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beats See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$290,492
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rosetta Productions See more »
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Trivia

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

Johnno: We can't get back in the box now.
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Crazy Credits

Opens with a quote describing the UK's 1994 'Criminal Justice and Public Order Act' which, essentially, banned gatherings of more than twenty people listening to music "predominantly characterized by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats." See more »

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Fantastic film that's more than just about rave culture and E's.
13 May 2019 | by paulallibanSee all my reviews

So many well pleased themes about family, friendship, culture, class authority just to name a few. They're all woven into the narrative with real grace and class too. Everything flows so well and with loads of stellar performances from pretty much unknown actors.

Absolutely bangin soundtrack too. Defo a real highlight from 2019!


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