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Beautiful Thing (1996)

Glen Berry , Linda Henry , Hettie Macdonald  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Meera Syal, Martin Walsh, Steven M. Martin
  • Directors: Hettie Macdonald
  • Writers: Jonathan Harvey
  • Producers: Bill Shapter, Tony Garnett
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008UALE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beautiful Thing" on IMDb

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A pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighborhood become aware of their homosexuality. While both were vaguely aware they might be gay, neither had ever acted on their impulses. Once they decide that they're attracted to each other, neither is sure just what to do. Winner of 4 International Film Festival Awards.

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161 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite April 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
There are many 'coming out' and gay-themed movies these days, but none is more heart-breaking -- or heart-warming -- than this one. Glen Berry and Scott Neal are perfect as Jamie and Ste, two troubled working-class London boys coming to terms with their sexuality, each other, and the homophobic world around them. Ste lives with an abusive father and older brother who have made him feel ugly. Jamie and his mum take him in, and the boys bunk together. They discover love to the accompaniment of "You are sixteen, going on seventeen, unprepared for a world of men". The music (a lot of Mama Cass, but also some lovely, bittersweet original stuff for string quartet) is deftly woven into the fabric of the film's story, and is an integral part of its structure. After a fight, Jamie and Ste kiss to Mama Cass singing "You gotta make your own kind of music". The ending is as uplifting and sweet as any on film. The surprising thing is that this wonderful movie was made for British television. I wish more films could be as fresh, touching, and honest as this bright, shining little gem.
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet & poignant coming of age (and out) story September 23, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
An emotionally tender & wonderful coming of age film, "Beautiful Thing" is an essential addition to your "alternative" movie section.
The story centers around Jamie (Berry) and Ste (Neal), 2 teenage classmates and neighbors in a working-class development in London. Jamie is a reserved teen sharing a normal relationship with his single, pub manager Mom (Henry). Ste lives an emotionally and physically abused life at the hands of his single father and older brother. What transpires between them is a very tender and emotional tale of first love and budding homosexuality. Awakening sexual desire, guilt, fear and, eventually, love is played out in an honest & sincere fashion.
The entire cast is superb. As Jamie & Ste, Glen Berry & Scott Neal give their characters a sweet and emotionally accurate innocence... especially when joyously galavanting through a forest together and sharing a long kiss. Linda Henry is exquisite as Jamie's Mom, Sandra. She delivers a fantastic and multi-layered performance as a woman trying to deal with her own life, in addition to her son. As the Mamas & the Papas loving neighbor Leah, Tameka Empson graciously adds some needed turbulence (comically and otherwise).
The script is heartfelt, comical (some moments between Sandra & Leah are a bitingly hilarious), and fresh. Definitely a wonderful comedy-drama and, perhaps, the best coming out film of the decade.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Just Gotta See It! March 11, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
BT is one terrific movie -- and one of those surprises you could have almost missed, but are eternally grateful that you didn't! It's an honest, fun, sensitive and uplifting story about growing up, about loving, and about raw courage -- without any of the political agenda or overwrought angst found in other films like it. Linda Henry and Glen Berry give first-rate performances as Sandra and Jamie, a British working-class mother and teen-age son struggling with the usual stuff that such relationships are made of, while Jamie is simultaneously discovering the depth of his sexuality and the love that he feels for his neighbor and mate, Ste (Scott Neal). Far from being another cliche-filled coming-out story (though coming out is a major theme), Beautiful Thing is most authentically a love story -- and a damned good and happy one, too (though weeping is certainly allowed, encouraged, and unavoidable in certain key scenes). And it's not just about the love that Jamie and Ste share, but, in a way that is inseparable from the main story line, it's about the love that Jamie and his mum feel so strongly for each other. The movie is full of hope and joy, and and will leave you full of those same feelings. Indeed, it sticks to your gut and stays there deep down inside long after you have first seen it.
The downside of this film is that its "R" rating (certainly not for sex -- it's gotta be for the rough language) deprives a whole group of young people from experiencing a film that could bring so much benefit to their lives. Every teenager, gay and straight, ought to see this movie. It cuts through all the stereotypes and shows just how beautiful the love between two pretty regular guys can be.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Believed All OF It April 27, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Movies, plays, and books are all subjective endeavors. The idea is to suspend your disbelief while reading or watching the piece. In the case of BEAUTIFUL THING, that is not hard to do.

From the opening frame you want Jamey to thrive. He hates PE because the macho guys pick on him as they start a game of soccer (the English call it football). He jumps the fence and heads home skipping PE for the umpteenth time. Who can blame him and when a school chum's, Ste's, homelife with his brother and father takes an abusive turn, Jamey's mother rescues him on those nights and the two teens form a bond that goes well beyond friendship.

As the two guys struggle to deal with their love and erotic feelings for each other, the music of Mama Cass Elliott plays in the background. The story and the music is an enchanting combination that intensifies your urge to see them make it as a couple. You know they are young but not too young. You wish that had happened to you when you were their age.

Earlier reviews have already mentioned the terrific supporting cast as well as the two leads in this story, so I won't go into that here. Instead, I want you to see the DVD so you can experience the feeling I felt at the end of the movie when Jamey and Ste begin a slow dance in the street in full view of their neighbors. Unlike a few of my friends who dismissed this scene as unrealistic in a poor working class neighborhood, I chose to suspend my disbelief and each time I watch it, I mouth the word "yes".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super great movie
This is the fist gay movie I every saw and have loved it ever since. I just love this great movie. Great and funny but sad at the same time. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior plot and acting by ALL!
An EXCELLENT depiction of single parents, and two teenage boys who find that they're not only neighbors, but two "birds of a feather... Read more
Published 23 days ago by ClarityOfMind
5.0 out of 5 stars Best gay teen coming of age movie so far
Based on the play of the same name, this lovely coming of age story is the most charming film of its kind--still a rarity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie rocks!!
It's an excellent coming of age movie about one boy who falls in love with his class mate and his class mate coming to terms with his own sexuality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
It's a cute movie of two boys (Jamie and Steve) that attend the same school and happen to live next door to each other. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Evilkid
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 10 greatest coming out stories on film
I love this film. So do the critics. It's been hailed as one of the top 10 films in the gay genre of the past decade. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynn B. Schornick
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This was worth the purchase. I can't begin to express how good this movie was. I can't wait to purchase more in the future.
Published 3 months ago by Henry Wayne Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I bought this movie on a VCR tape many years ago and loaned it to a friend who has not returned it. So I was very happy to find that it is on DVD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Lee Haugen
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful thing!
Sweet romantic story of two boys fell in love with each other. When it's about if their families accept them for who they are, there's only one choice for them....
Published 4 months ago by Vladimir Baev
5.0 out of 5 stars A coming out story for the ages
It really does not matter where you live, this story of love and discovery set in working class England is truly one for all ages and the bullying that both young men face is so... Read more
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