- Actors: Michelle Holmes, Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan, Lesley Sharp, Kulvinder Ghir
- Directors: Alan Clarke
- Format: PAL, Mono, Colour
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Cinema Club
- DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2003
- Run Time: 89 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 382 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004WIA7
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,621 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)
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Language: English, Dolby Digital
Videa Aspect Ratio - 14:9
British films about sex are fairly rare, and mostly embarrassing: from the painfully anxious (Brief Encounter) to the hopelessly naff (the Carry On films). What a treat then is Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Alan Clarke's filming of a stage play by young Andrea Dunbar. It's an unsentimental, gleefully lewd comedy about shagging. Tagged for its cinema release in 1987 as "Thatcher's Britain with its knickers down", it even provoked a minor moral hullabaloo in the newspapers.
Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue (Michelle Holmes) are two giggly Bradford lasses stuck on a ramshackle housing estate. They keep themselves in fags by occasional baby-sitting for nouveau riche couple Bob (George Costigan) and Michelle (Lesley Sharp). Bob fancies himself rotten, but Michelle has ruled that sex is off the menu. So one night, driving Rita and Sue home, Bob detours to the Yorkshire moors and offers the girls a little something extra in his front seat. Rita and Sue decide to grab it while they can.
Alan Clarke's cult following is founded on his bleak, brilliant films about violent young men (Scum, The Firm, Made in Britain). But Rita, Sue is a tribute to Clarkey's ribald sense of humour. It even sports a cameo from novelty pop-act Black Lace, performing their non-hit "Gang-Bang". Teenage debutantes Holmes and Finneran are terrific--just watch them dancing lustily around Bob's red leather sofa to Bananarama. In support, Clarke wisely cast skilled northern comedians like Patti Nicholls and Willie Ross, as Sue's foul-mouthed mum and dad. Amid the laughs, Clarke as usual doesn't stint from showing us the harsh, unlovely side of life. He shot the film on location at Bradford's Buttershaw estate, where Andrea Dunbar grew up and where, tragically, she died of a brain haemorrhage only a few years after the film's release. --Richard KellySee all Product description
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I think the 2K restoration is very good. Not overly noise reduced but much clearer than any other version I have seen. I enjoyed the making of documentary, even though it could be a little dry at times. Well worth a purchase if you are a fan of the film.
It was interesting to compare this film version with a revival at The Royal Court Theatre (RCT) which was nearly pulled in the wake of a flood of sexual harassment stories in the news including Max Stafford who headed up RCT when it was first staged.
It was written by Andrea Dunbar when she was 19. As a bawdy slice of working class life when it was made in the 80's it earned the opprobrium of the emerging PC brigade. In the film both girls are white. In the revival the abusive asian boyfriend was almost air-brushed out of existence. As for the ending.
Watch this and then watch the documentary 'The Arbor' which tells the story of the estate she grew up on and died at the age of 29 and then give thanks for directors like Alan Clark who show life as it is for many.
Anyway, the film itself is brilliantly acted, very well written and directed with an honest, minimum-of-fuss approach. It is also one of the funniest films I have ever seen. As I said before, the film is able to look at the harsh realities of life simply because it is so hilarious. Sue's alcoholic father is both side-splitting and tragic: a brilliant supporting performance from Willie Ross. George Costigan plays the predatory, sexually frustrated Bob with the perfect balance of sleeze, humour and pathos (is his affluent, opportunistic character a comment on the get-rich-quick ethos of the 80's?) The girls are natural and unmannered. Lesley Sharp is also brilliant as Bob's frosty, screwed-up wife, Michelle.
Get it. It's harsh but it's brilliant.
A true entertaining film, but not a younger family film. x
Still laugh your tits off funny and a stunning hd remaster.
Its rubber johnny time!!! yer b.....d!!
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