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Classic 80s film: allegiances on the line
on 1 February 2015
I bought a genuine sealed copy of this 1980s film at a great price. Had not seen the film since the 80s: then, I remembered the gay love story as the stand out feature. Now, I saw the nasty racist skinheads looking for someone to kick in; the conflicting allegiances between different generations of Pakistani family members; the love story between a white man who has dabbled with racist thug groups and his old school mate, Omar; the entrepreneurism of Thatcher's Britain as personified in Omar and his get-ahead relatives: depression, alcoholism, failure of promise in some immigrants who couldn't hack life in Britain; and urban blight in South London. This is not a film to everyone;s taste: there's a lot of violence, and some would be unhappy with the gay love scenes: but if you haven't seen it for almost thirty years, or never seen it but want to know about Thatcher's run-down London, I urge you to watch it (again).