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Purely Belter [DVD] [2000]

4.8 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Chris Beattie, Greg McLane, Charlie Hardwick, Roy Hudd, Tim Healy
  • Directors: Mark Herman
  • Writers: Mark Herman, Jonathan Tulloch
  • Producers: Cathy Lord, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ABT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,301 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Director's Commentary
Theatrical Trailer
On Location
Audio Description for the Visually Impaired
Cast and Crew Interviews
Featurette
TV Spots
16:9 Anamorphic
Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English for the Hard of Hearing

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Purely Belter is a humorous but poignant drama from Film Four starring Chris Beattie and Greg McLane as two Newcastle teenagers who embark on a series of money-raising schemes in a desperate attempt to raise the necessary funds to buy Newcastle United season tickets. The whole story positively crunches with Northern grit and the ghost of Ken Loach clomps away in the background throughout the film, but acclaimed writer/director Mark Herman (Brassed Off, Little Voice) sets a fine balance between character and situation which is strong enough to carry the story despite its reliance on stereotypes. The humour ranges from the superbly under-stated (the fire-eating scene is a classic) to the rather nasty (the occasion which sees the two main protagonists demanding money from a woman for "looking after" her car is about as funny as a rape scene), but it all ends in a more upbeat fashion than Jonathan Tulloch's novel The Season Ticket on which the film is based. --Roger Thomas

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I watched this film at University in early 2000, I had lived away in Lincoln for 6 months, first time away from the north east of england. This film captured for me the attraction of the streets of Newcastle, and the fact that it included lots of landmarks and captures quite well the spirit of the city. Now that I am back working in the city, I can understand the reason I came back when I watch this film.

Set in Newcastle, the two actors brilliantly portray two down and outs who's only wish in life is to earn enough cash to buy a season ticket to watch Newcastle United play. They duck and dive, like many a local lad I'm sure, and they experience the ups and downs of life struggling in the city. Many good actors are in this film, which humourously shows off the not-so-high life common in Newcastle and many other cities. There are many important issues dealt with in the film, making this more than a comedy about two louts.

Very funny and very touching in places, this is definately a film in the 'Full Monty' mould that captures the heart of the city very well. St. James's Park, Whitley Ice Rink, the Angel of the North are all used to show off the good points of the city.

Well worth watching, a nice addition to any DVD collection, I'm surprised it did not fair better at the cinema!
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A brilliant film! It is so cleverly made, really true to life. Set in Newcastle with two mad footy supporters, who will do anything to get to see the boys play! Two brilliant lads take the lead part. Very funny and also very sad in places, a must see!!
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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2012
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'Purely Belter' (2000) is quite simply, a great British movie and a fantastic comedy. It stars two young actors called Chris Beattie (excellent as the lead) and Greg McLane, who appear to have strangely had no film/TV career since the film's release. Although I predict that this was probably through choice.

In a plot that is rather typical for a northern movie, two Newcastle born and bred working-class kids Gerry (still at school) and Sewell (unemployed) are having fun and getting into moneymaking scams (which eventually spiral out of control) whilst trying to save up some money for two season tickets to see their beloved football club. The tickets cost £1000 but these guys will stop at nothing to purchase them. The ways in which they try to collect the money often very nearly land them in hot water: from selling junk to housebreaking, these guys are nothing if not resourceful.

'Purely Belter' is a cracking comedy from start to finish. Like many British films, there are also some tender moments mixed in with the black comedy. It also stars a cast of well known British actors such as Tim Healy (very convincing as the film's 'bad guy'), Roy Hudd and Charlie Hardwick (who is particularly good). It also has something that not many British movies can claim - a guest appearance from Alan Shearer.

If you have yet to see 'Purely Belter' - I can unhesitatingly recommended that you do so.
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Purely Belter followed Billy Elliot into cinemas and now it arrives on video. From the director of the excellent Little Voice and the earnest Brassed Off, Purely Belter- is the tale of two scally-wags attempts to get some cash for two season tickets to Newcastle Utd.
We follow Gerry and Sewell and laugh at their various scams as they scrimp, scrape, duck and dive whilst all around them is heartache and a sense of life going nowhere.
Gerry has a teacher from hell, a father from the same destination and a mum with a heart of gold. Sewell has a senile old dad and a girlfriend who wants more from her boyfriend than sniffing glue and selling selling someone else's Celine Dion CD's!
Purely Belter is a pacy little film that doesn't pull any punches. The two leads give winning performances and the adults all lend able support. For the first 45 minutes, the film looks like it's going to be something special. But unfortunately its 'pat' conclusions undo alot of the grittiness that has gone before. More so than Billy Elliot.
This is not a bad film by any means. Just don't go expecting something as winning as East Is East. That film followed through. Purely Belter promises so much but bottles it right at the end.
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every Geordie should own this film!

it's a good film as a stand alone and southeners could watch it, but you'd have to be northern to really appreciate it in detail, it's set on location around newcastle and gateshead (watch out for the cheeky clip of Metroland!) an underdog story about 2 poor but resourceful boys wanting a better life in the harsh reality of the working class city. So many things relfect Newcastle in a bed light, and this film shows it as a poor city of lawbreakers, but in a lighthearted way. :)

This was a lifesaver when i was away from home, there's a couple of well-known Geordie actors and some ex Byker Grove faces. the acting doesn't try to be the best ever, but it's honest and down-to-earth. I can't reccomend this dvd enough!!! :)
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By N on 13 Sept. 2013
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as a Newcastle united fan I love this film. really warm and funny. worth watching.A pity I never received my copy as amazon decided I had returned it. poor service for once but still a great film.
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