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Purely Belter [DVD] [2000]

Chris Beattie , Greg McLane , Mark Herman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ABT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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DVD Special Features:

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

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the Scene Brilliantly 7 Feb 2006
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a purely belter of a film...... 8 Sep 2003
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a first division comedy 18 Aug 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious British Comedy! 18 Sep 2012
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
'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.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film 13 Sep 2013
By N
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie. 24 Oct 2013
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The movie is a bit dated now but still a very good British Movie. Even better if you are a Newcastle United supporter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geordie Classic 12 Mar 2014
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There's no other film like this, set in the heart of the best place in the world. Newcastle upon Tyne!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all! 7 April 2008
It's always hard summing up English films. I mean, how seriously can you take them these days? Their are few that stand out as being unique, unless you count the likes of 'The Full Monty', which few films had tried before.

Purely Belter, like most other British films, set's itself in the good down to earth reality of English life. It's always refreshing to watch a film that you can, in many ways, relate to in your own life, and this is something that only an English audience can absorb and take in. The plot is thin but simple in this film; a year in the life of two Newcastle lads who plan to raise money for a pair of season tickets at St James' Park, home of Newcastle FC.

It'd be wise to ponder how on earth you could watch a film for 1 and a half hours, trying decipher what these funny lads are on about. But perhaps this is the great side of it. As a Northerner myself, it's fascinating to compare our lives to that of the unnecessary 4 x 4 drivers in London and Co, and this was achieved when I went down South not long ago. I didn't even know you could pay more than 2.20 for a Pint!

But while the film does try it's best to hold out the film, it's fair to say the Director and producers have got the lifestyle appreciation and filming spot on. Though our two young actors may not be Shakespearian-counterparts, they do a flippin' good job of representing the lives of kids in some areas, which is all to common for some of us. The youngest lads (Terry) Dad is played superbly and again, represents an all to familiar 'type' of dad for my friends in the past.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done lads
This is a real gem from the north east of England , very lovable rogues but not sure they would go down so well today im afraid . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mavee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very entertaining for a wide audience. Worth getting a copy if you haven't seen it.
Watched with my husband and we don't often like the same films !!
Published 3 months ago by Cath Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but sad
This is a great film. I have it on video but needed the DVD. Second time on watching it I found it sad more than funny and feel for kids brought up in this environment
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Jennifer L Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars great film.
great film, brings back alot of memories. I recieved the film through the post the day I was told it would come.
Published 7 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Newcastle dvd
my daughter bought this as a friend recommended it, the film was ok not a bad story but we were just looking to see if we could recognise the places being used. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mr terry stubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Purely Belter, the title says it all.
We bought a new copy of a DVD that we have had for a long time but was worn through overplay. Excellent film based around our local area which anyone living in the area can relate... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Paul Sandland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A superb film, much of its humour is very local and may be missed by some, but worth a go!
Published 17 months ago by Kenneth Younger
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
very good film as the title says a real good film very worth a night in if you feel depressed to cheer you up .
Published 19 months ago by patty
5.0 out of 5 stars newcastle
this is a belter of a film. The funniest is when they are going to the pound shop and sooul keeps asking how much the itmes are in the pund shop i mean howay it is a pound shop ha... Read more
Published 20 months ago by gullivers travels
4.0 out of 5 stars Geordie humour
Geordie humour at it's best. A timeless classic that will never go out of fashion. Would reccomend this film for tenns and older folk and definitely if they live in the northern... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Denise
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