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Beautiful Thing
Movie: Beautiful Thing(1996)[tt0115640] A tender love story set during a hot summer on a South-East London housing estate. Jamie, a relatively unpopular lad who bunks off school to avoid football, lives next door to Ste, a more popular athletic lad but who is frequently beaten up by his father and older brother. Such an episode of violence brings Jamie and Ste together: Sandra (Jamie's mum) offers refugee to Ste, who has to 'top-and-tail' with Jamie. Hence, the story tells of their growing attraction for one another, from initial lingering glances to their irrefutable love, which so magnificently illustrated at the end of the film. It deals with the tribulations of coming to terms with their sexuality and of others finding out, in light of Sandra's unwavering loyalty and defence of Jamie and the fear of repercussion should Ste's family find out. The plot is set against sub-texts of Sandra's desire to manage her own pub, and thus escape the estate, and of her new relationship with her hippy boyfriend Tony; and of Leah, the ... Written byMark Edwards <me93fm@soton.ac.uk>
Title Beautiful Thing
Release Date 21 June 1996 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production Companies Channel Four Films, World Productions
Linda Henry
Linda Henry...
Sandra Gangel...
Glen Berry
Glen Berry...
Jamie Gangel...
Scott Neal
Scott Neal...
Ste Pearce...
Tameka Empson
Tameka Empson...
Leah Russell...
Ben Daniels
Ben Daniels...
Tony...
John Benfield
John Benfield...
Rodney Barr...
Garry Cooper
Garry Cooper...
Ronnie Pearce...
Jeillo Edwards
Jeillo Edwards...
Rose...
Beth Goddard
Beth Goddard...
Brewery Official...
Davyd Harries
Davyd Harries...
Brewery Official...
Anna Karen
Anna Karen...
Marlene...

Reviews

pebsdad on 5 August 1998
Gay or straight, this is one of the finest movies ever made about self discovery and teenage love. Albeit the end is a little wishful and optimistic, the characters and situations are perfectly developed and realized, ringing true in almost every scene. This movie makes me smile on every level...from the way the two boys discover their affection for one another, the wonderful comedy relief from the next door neighbor Leah (and her relationship with the entire tenement population), and the perfect choice of soundtrack music from Mama Cass that, at times, seems written specifically for certain scenes and works on both a nostalgic and familiarity level. This movie gets better with every viewing...and I'd love to see what happened to each of the characters in a sequal.This movie is, without a doubt, very personal to all gay men and women who came out during their youth and a favorite of all of my friends, both gay and straight.

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