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Beautiful Thing [VHS] [1996]

Glen Berry , Linda Henry , Hettie Macdonald    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Meera Syal, Martin Walsh, Steven M. Martin
  • Directors: Hettie Macdonald
  • Writers: Jonathan Harvey
  • Producers: Bill Shapter, Tony Garnett
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Film Four
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Sep 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CTUA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,042 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A grim, gritty South London housing estate makes an unlikley setting for a romantic fairy-tale, but Hetti MacDonald's gay teenage love story all but brings it off. Adapted by screenwriter Jonathan Harvey from his own stage play, Beautiful Thing tells how teenage loner Jamie falls for next-door neighbour Ste, one of the tough kids who bullies him at school. Amazingly, he finds his feelings reciprocated, and the two progress to a tender, tentative affair. Sidestepping conventional notions of working-class homophobia, the film succeeds in presenting its central relationship not as anything startlingly different, but simply as a teenage romance--with all the joy and heartbreak it implies--that happens to be between two 15-year-old guys. Problems of brutality and deprivation are acknowledged but never allowed to dominate, and under the influence of love even the harsh walkways and terraces of the estate take on a sunlit glow. --Philip Kemp

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A long, hot summer in South London is the turning point in the life for two teenagers, Jamie and Ste. Ste, a popular sporting hero at school, is being bullied mercilessly by his drunken father and so he decides to seek refuge with Sandra, Jamie's next door neighbour. One night, Jamie and Ste end up sleeping, top to tail, in the same bed in Sandra's flat, and from these beginnings a touching romance develops between the two boys.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
I love this film. The acting is very good,and very realistic.
This film is about two teenagers Ste and Jamie, Ste is having problems at home with his abusive father and brother, and is scared to put a foot out of line. Jamie gets bullied at school and has got home problems as well with his mum dating a younger hippy man. Ste and Jamie live next door to each other and their friend Leah lives near them she is obsessed with Mama Cass and plays her muisc loud enough to wake the dead. After seeking refuge at Jamie's house, Ste sleeps head to toe with Jamie. They soon fall for each other. This film has beautiful scenes and Ste and Jamie are just lovable characters. They potray teenage life in London excellently. I would recommened this film to anyone.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly emotional and heart tugging 16 April 2008
Format:DVD
I watched this film by accident one week day evening and can say that within the first 5 minutes I was gripped. The acting was superb and although I could potentially pick faults in the script, it kind of takes away the whole essence of the film and what made it "Beautiful".

I think that it's great that a British film has made me really stop and think about my past and indeed my present. Not many films have achieved that. Which of us can honestly say that in watching the scenes between Jamie and Ste that we haven't all felt and thought like they did? True, for straights then swap one of the guys for a girl but the effect is much the same.

I found it sad that some reviewers thought that the accents were too much and should have been toned down. Hello folks, its London were talking about here. Quite a few of them really do talk like that and lets face it, wouldn't it really be dumbing down. That would ruin the film.

I found Sandra particularly well cast and played. There was real emotion between her and Jamie. I only wish that all Mothers and indeed Fathers reacted in such a supportive fashion. Ste and Jamie were also superbly acted and believable to the extent that you connected with them both straight away. You can't help feeling emotional when they do. True the end of the film was a bit.....over done, but I don't think this detracts from the film in any way. I would like to have seen a sequel to Beautiful Thing and seen the effects of the first on both Ste and Jamie. It would have meant proper closure, however I think that for quite a few of us, this film perhaps hits a little too close to the mark about ourselves and hence our desire to see the next part. I know that's true of me.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This has GOT to be by FAR the absolute best gay film I have seen yet! With the coming of age of the 2 lads Jamie (Glen Berry) & ste. (Scott Neal) I was a bit reluctant to buy it at first because I wanted something with a more stronger storyline & more dedicated actors willing to engage in more intimate scenes, but to my surprise (after my mood had changed) I was so delighted when I sat and watched it for the first time, only to have my heart melted from such great acting by the 2 lads.
A GREAT BIG 'WELL DONE!!' to both of them. You certainly got my vote!
In spite of not being as long a film as I'd hoped for, I give this film 10 stars.
My 2 favourite scenes are : 'Peppermint Foot Lotion' & 'The Woods/Forest Chase' which concludes with the 2 lads well & truly, romantically bonded!. (just like 2 peas in a pod)
I can't say I'm a big Mama Cass fan, but after watching the film about several times over by now, all her tracks from the film keep ringing in my head, like music to my ears.
What a very pleasant experience that was.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film! 9 Jun 2008
By Andrew
Format:DVD
Aw - this is a great British "coming out" film. I loved it! The characters are all terrific - I love the mother and the girl next door! And the two leads are brilliant. Brilliant actors and very believable in their roles. It's so well written and acted I would very highly recommend it. It's a beauty!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 7 Jun 2006
By rjmcr
Format:DVD
Measured against most normal criteria, this isn't a five-star film, and yet I couldn't give it anything less. Yes, it's shot on a TV-production budget and some of the acting and script are a little awkward at times but it's such a charming, engaging and uplifting tale that you're smiling by the time the credits role. I'm trying not to use the word 'sweet' but that's exactly what it is, and no worse off for it. It's not a landmark film in British gay or social history but who cares?! For anyone who remembers (or is experiencing) what it is like to begin to come to terms with having 'different' feelings to your mates and those tentative first steps towards self-expression, this will strike a chord. When this was made, I was living only a couple of miles from Thamesmead (where Beautiful Thing is superbly filmed) and going through similar emotions to these two lads. While the film probably doesn't stand up to too many repeated viewings, it will stay with me as a recollection of the experiences of that blazing hot South London summer, and I don't think I can say fairer than that!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A distraction that truly is a beautiful thing. 2 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A love story is a love story whether the characters are male & female or male & male or in fact female & female. A film that captures the true emotions of growing love and developing relationships regardless of sexuality - is priceless. Beautiful thing - written by Jonathan Harvey tells the story of two fifteen year old neighbours who fall in love. The two fifteen year olds are both boys - thrown together by circumstance. Jamie is young lad who is suffering at the hands of school bullies because of his sexuality - and Ste is being physically bullied at home by his father and brother. The consequence of this bullying is that Ste is found by Jamie's mother crying outside the flats and is brought home to spend the night with Jamie "top and tail" in his single bed. This is obviously a dream come true for Jamie, as it is clear from furtive glances that he fancies his neighbour. The inevitable happens when Ste spends a subsequent night at Jamie's house - black and blue from another beating administered by his brother. Jamie offers to ease the pain by rubbing Bodyshop peppermint lotion on his friends back, the result - Jamie and Ste spend their first night together as lovers. The performances by the two actors playing Jamie (Glen Berry) and Ste (Neal Scott) are exceptional - every emotion - hesitation, uncertainty and look of love is evident on the faces of Glen and Neal. The story is told with great deal of sensitivity and humour that is present in the performances of the whole cast. The criticism levelled at the film and indeed the book is it's idealistic nature and less than realistic ending. The ending mirrors the optimism and beauty of the story and leaves the viewer feeling warm inside. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
REALLY GOOD!
Published 6 days ago by K. Lijkendijk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful film for the common man/boy. We can be gay too!!
Published 14 days ago by Iain macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
An abosuletly superb movie. Gay movies are likely to suffer the risk of being typical and full of stereotypes. This is not the case of "Beautiful thing". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Riccardo
3.0 out of 5 stars There's 3 C words in this film and it's a 15 certificate?!? Oh well...
I didn't hate this film but I shudder at the thought of parts of if. It's very watchable but it's oh so unbearably over earnest at the same time. A bit too much to take. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Jamie is bullied at school by Ste and his friends. At his age Jamie is struggling when he now realises his form of sexuality, and thought he was the only one at his school, but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
This film makes me cry every time, wonderful story line and arrived to me in excellent condition. Well worth the money
Published 2 months ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Thing
I always enjoy watching this film, it never gets old and is always a pleasure to watch. Its funny, emotional and one of those films that makes you feel good.
Published 3 months ago by Dean Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie to start of with
this being my first gay movie i hold it dear to my heart, story line really strong, great acting, a very real film, a super coming of age film, and i think its dated well for... Read more
Published 4 months ago by shaun williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Such a great movie, so cute and emotional at times. Well worth the buy. One of the best LGBT movies of all times out there.
Published 4 months ago by Robert Kinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A heartfelt film, hilarious and emotional. Acting is impeccable and very believable, some beautiful imagery in this as well with the use of colours and lighting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by nicholas
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