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Goodbye Charlie Bright [2001] [DVD]

Nick Love , Paul Nicholls    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nick Love, Paul Nicholls, Danny Dyer, Dani Behr
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2005
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCVG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,716 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Goodbye Charlie Bright, Nick Love's 2001 rites of passage drama about a teenage group of petty criminals in a steaming South London summer, was never going to be a massive box-office hit. But it might prove to be a rather significant piece in the long run. If Paul Nicholls' star continues to rise as anticipated, it may well come to be seen as the film which first revealed his genuine potential as a big screen actor. The former Eastenders heartthrob turns in a fine, sensitive performance as Charlie, gradually realising that he has to find a way to escape the constraints of the life that is shaping up in front of him.

However, this isn't solely a Nicholls vehicle. Roland Manookian is outstanding as Justin, the dangerous, troubled companion for whom Charlie is the only source of stability. There's another good cameo from the ever-reliable Phil Daniels as an unbalanced Falklands veteran who becomes the catalyst for the rupture in their relationship and Charlie's escape. Other familiar faces cropping up include two more Eastenders veterans Nicola Stapleton and Edna Doré, and television presenter Dani Behr who is particularly good as the nurse Charlie befriends. The story is slight, but between them, partly thanks to Love's tight direction and script, the actors in Goodbye Charlie Bright generate a rather haunting little tragicomedy with moments of real pathos which deserves a long shelf life. --Piers Ford

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Production Notes, Scene Access, Storyboards, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Two lifelong friends discover that growing up sometimes means growing apart in this gritty British drama. Charlie (Paul Nicholls) and Justin (Roland Manookian) are a pair of best friends who grew up together in a rough-and-tumble London neighborhood, close enough that some of Charlie's pals jokingly refer to Justin as "the wife." Charlie and Justin are the de facto leaders of a group of toughs, including Damien (Alexis Rodney), Francis (Danny Dyer), and Tommy (Sid Mitchell), who make a living through petty theft. As the boys grow into their late teens, it becomes obvious that they are not going to be following the same paths in life. Tommy decides to join the Army and Francis loses interest in the gang after he gets serious with his girlfriend. Charlie has been going through changes of his own, especially after the death of his father (David Thewlis), and while Justin has no real ambitions beyond a life as a small-time criminal, Charlie is smart (and practical) enough to begin thinking of a different future. Charlie is offered a good-paying straight job by his cousin Hector (Richard Driscoll), and he begins pursuing a relationship with Blondie (Dani Behr), a young woman a few rungs higher on the social ladder. But as Charlie moves forward, Justin seems stuck in neutral, and as they begin to drift apart, Justin finds himself increasingly disenchanted with his best friend's new life. The supporting cast also includes Phil Daniels and Jamie Foreman. ...Goodbye Charlie Bright

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered gem 13 Aug 2004
Format:DVD
As the directorial debut of Nick Love - the filmmaker who brought to life John King's excellent book, The Football Factory - Goodbye Charlie Bright will hopefully be given a retrospective second chance by the British filmgoing public, who largely ignored it on it's original cinematic release.
A humorous and touching tale of friendship and loyalty, the film bears what one imagines to become future Nick Love trademarks - short running time, quick edits, rapid pace and colourful characters, as well as a knowing and confident authenticity about the subject matter.
What marks this film out from other British films that take place on a council estate is that Love taps into the youthful mindset - the estate is not a bleak, depressing and hopeless place when you're young... it is your whole world... It is represented in the film with vibrant colours and a scorching summer setting. People picked on the fact that the 'adult' characters were mostly exagerrated, but what the film is really doing is tapping into the youthful fantasy and fascination with the 'grown ups' - they ARE larger than life to youngsters, hence we have the cowboy-wannabe Tony Immaculate, and the faux-posh geezer Paul 'Hector' Moriarty. Only Charlie's dad, in a superb cameo by David Thewlis, seems grounded, almost pathetic - a world apart from the other adults his son encounters and, as a result, his is the most minimal of impacts on his son's life and narrative.
The two lead actors are Paul Nicholls and Roland Manookian, both of whom turn in fantastic performances. Nicholls, in particular, exudes a presence and star quality that begs the question why he isn't a bigger star.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAW AND PASSIONATE 16 April 2008
Format:DVD
I LOVED THIS FILM. I THINK NICK LOVE IS A TALENT IN WHAT HE DOES. HE'S VERY CLEVER WITH HAVING A MORAL AND MESSAGE, BUT STILL PROVIDED THE WONDERFUL EPRESSIONS OF 'LAD CUTLTURE AND EXCESSES.' I LOVE THIS FILM, AS IT WAS NICKS DEBUT IN THE FEATURE LENGTH ARENA, AND BECUASE OF THAT IT MAKES IT RAW AND FROM A YOUNG FILM MAKERS HEART. THE STORYLINE IS GREAT AS THERE'S NOT MUCH OF ONE IF THAT MAKES SENSE! ITS JUST THE TRUE LIFE WAY OF LADS ON A COUCIL ESTATE THAT DON'T HAVE MUCH TO DO, AND A STORY OF SOMEONE TRYING TO BREAK AWAY FROM THAT. SOME CLASSIC AND FUNNY MOMENTS. TOP FILM........
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars London's Finest 23 Oct 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
An excellent film with genuine and compelling characters. A story about life choices during adolescence. A wonderful film about gonnabees and wannabees.

Set in a housing estate somwhere in London, this is a brilliant film because depsite the fact that the roles protrayed are complicated, the story line is not. Every young man, parent and best friend can relate to some, if not all of the characters.

A film that can be watched over and over........ and you still learn something about human nature every time.

Certainly well worth the money
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be surprised at how much you like it! 24 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I saw this film when it was on at the cinema and eagerly awaited its release on DVD. The film is well-acted, entertaining and thought-provoking. Paul Nicholls looks fabulous and acts even better. If he doesn't become an A List actor very soon then the world is an even stranger place than I thought.
My advice is give this under-rated, under-advertised British film a chance. Watch it as soon as possible. The Next Full Monty - that old cliche! Goodbye Charlie Bright is ever bit as good as any Brit film I've ever seen and better than many Hollywood overhyped junk film that I have suffered.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone involved is at their very best 12 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
I had seen this film before, but it was only on seeing it again recently (after being told it was filmed not far from me on the Cambridge Road estate in Kingston, Surrey, standing in for Millwall territory) that I realise just how good it is.

Director Nick Love went on to do 'The Football Factory' and 'The Business', both of which were more obvious crowd-pleasers also exploring some of this film's central themes to some extent, but you can't help feeling that what he made up in audiences with his later projects, he perhaps lost a bit in heart (until his recent 'Outlaw' which is just plain rotten from start to finish).

Friendship, loyalty and masculinity are all key themes in Love's films and here they are right up front. The acting performances are fantastic. I have been fortunate enough to see Paul Nicholls, Danny Dyer and Roland Manookian on stage doing some of their best work, but it is easily matched here. Manookian as the best friend of Nicholls's Charlie is a particular triumph. Most of us know or have met someone like him!

This film has warmth, excitement, danger and feels extremely real. If I had a complaint at all, it would be that everyone in it looks so young compared to their later work that it makes me feel really ancient!

'Outlaw' aside, I have enjoyed Nick Love's films, but I wonder if he'll ever do something quite this good again...
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good by Charlie Bright! 7 Oct 2003
By E-MAN
Format:DVD
Good by Charlie Bright si one of the best british films i have seen before. it shows the life of about 5 teenage boys growing up in a rough south London council estate. from previous esperience this film really does represents real life as a teenager in London, with brlliant acting from Paul Nicholles and Roland Manookian. the main story line is about the relation ship between Charlie (Paul Nicholles) and his best freind Justin (Roland Manookian)and what they should be doin with there lives. overall just a great and must see film im supprised this film was never in the charts because it truly is great. the feel of this film is serious but with some good humor attached which really gives this film its edge.
so if your lookin for a really good entertaing hart warming film then this is the one to get!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great film
This is a great film about a group of lads on a council estate in London. Danny Dyer stars in this and would recommend this dvd if you are a fan. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lindahf1
5.0 out of 5 stars U just got 2 see it !! Really good
I LOVE this film and I watch it over and over again and NEVER get bored !!!. It's a proper summer film and the soundtrack 2 go with it is just really really good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Original Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
My son loves this type of film, not my cup of tea but he loves it that's all that counts. Thank you
Published 7 months ago by Excellent
4.0 out of 5 stars council estate. type and its good
my only problom is. its just got to be london again. danny dyer and phil daniels in this one. yes it is good.
Published 20 months ago by tango
4.0 out of 5 stars Last decent dyer film
This is the last really decent dyer film that i saw, bring him back to his good self by picking this film up!
Published 21 months ago by Simmm
1.0 out of 5 stars bad jumping film cant watch
this film i put on for 5 mins and jumped constantly it looked like it was shrinked wrapped not proper dvd wrapped and when opened it the dvd cover was melted proberly from a heat... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by addy
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
very good film but danny dyer is good to watch has a few faces i knew from tv recommend to watch
Published on 24 April 2011 by pink
3.0 out of 5 stars Good old violence!
I like Danny Dyer gangster type films but this seems to be a film too many. Its sort of watered down!
Published on 5 Mar 2011 by Trevor
5.0 out of 5 stars Brit pack Film
This is a great British film about the youth and drug culture in Britain, some light moments and a few bizarre ones make this very watchable film, would recommend this.
Published on 27 Jan 2011 by Si "Freddie" Hatfield
1.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye charlie bright
This is the worst film i have ever seen. The cover misleads you to believe Danny Dyer is the lead character, he isn't! he is hardly in the film. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by Pecky
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