Goodbye Charlie Bright [VHS] 
Heartwarming tale of two teenagers, Charlie (Paul Nicholls) and Justin (Roland Manookian), who decide to entertain themselves with some summertime crime. They start out by stealing a handbag belonging to the girlfriend of local man Duke and then follow this up by breaking into Duke's flat and stealing his gun. This is just a bit of fun, but when their friend Francis is killed by local thug Eddie, the gun threatens to get Charlie and Justin into trouble, as they think about how they can get revenge.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
so if your lookin for a really good entertaing hart warming film then this is the one to get!
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
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.
The film follows a group of teenagers as they go about their lives in a rough South London estate,
as they Steal cars, rob houses and take drugs.
they start of just doin petty crime (shoplifting, etc) and generally having a laugh as all teenagers do (generally at other peoples expense)but as the film goes on they get involved in much more serious crimes. This film is both funny and gripping, i recomend this to anyone who isn't easily offended as some scenes are quite graphic.
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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I fault it would be really good but was in fact a terrible film, I only bought the DVD as Danny Dyer was in the film but hardly saw anything of him so the cover of the DVD is a bit... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Danny