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Clapham Junction

3.9 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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In this riveting film about sexual tolerance in modern society, the paths of several men intersect during a dramatic thirty-six hours in which their lives are changed forever. After another man falls victim to a violent gay-bashing incident, the homosexual community of Clapham Junction comes together to bring the assailants to justice.

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  • Actors: Rupert Graves, Samantha Bond, Paul Nicholls, Joseph Mawle, Rachel Blake
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VE9WPG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Clapham Junction" on IMDb

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By Bob Drake VINE VOICE on October 3, 2010
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I have viewed a 90-minute download of the BBC version of this film [as well as this DVD]. A IMDB review of the 2007 BBC TV presentation of Clapham Junction starts, "Over a two day period a series of interconnected events impact a disparate group of [gay] Londoners," and that is quite accurate even if the period is actually about 36 hours.

Clapham Junction is a major train-connecting point in the London Borough of Wandsworth, not far from Lavender Hill, the location of The Lavender Hill Mob, but that was a comedy and this is certainly not.

In 2005, a gay man, Jody Dobrowski, suffered a horrendously brutal murder on Clapham Common, and a similar event is central to this film, which is an ultimately depressing and sometimes shocking exploration of contemporary urban gay sexuality. Some of the characters are deeply unpleasant, dishonest and self absorbed. But you will want to watch them.

One gay youth who play the violin is clearly intimidated and frightened by gangs on his walk to his teacher, while another gay inbetweener embraces his homosexuality and relentlessly pursues an older gay neighbor. Some of the gay yuppies are married but unfaithful to their wives in the type of park restrooms frequented by George Michael, and one who marries his partner dallies with a server boy in the kitchen after the ceremony. It is hardly justice when a gay gay-basher gets bashed himself. And you are forced to watch, or not.

The actors sometimes rise above the material. Paul Nichols is clearly full of himself as his character, Terry, and the scene in which he dresses for a night out is great, though one surprising scene reportedly used a stand-in.
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Whilst the loud voices of gay communities around the world jump on the 'we have the right to be married' band-wagon this movie takes us back to the truth: we have the right to be accepted, the right not to be bashed, not to be pilloried, that we have the right to love; but also, we are obliged to treat others with how we would like to be treated. This is a dark and despairing movie, so far from the West Coast US (or Sydney) gay party-boy image of gay men as it can get and it's about time it was made.

I'll defer to Bob Drake's excellent synopsis above. I'd add that the settings, the cinematography, the nuances and ironies are all first class; the actors superb some of the characters you want to hug, others need a good... no, I won't advocate violence. The dinner party scene juxtaposed to the riveting seduction scene and the reality of the outside world is brilliant.

If you think that we should be accepted; if you think that we have the right to love; if you think that we have the right to be safe........if you think, watch this movie.
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Typical of British cinema that tries to imitate popular American topics, this film gets a bit "wordy", at times; however, there is a scene between the teenage boy and his neighbor that is one of THE MOST erotic scenes I have ever witnessed in a movie and I'm 56 years old!!!!!! It was amazing!!! For that scene alone, it's worth the purchase of this DVD...

Enjoy!!!!!
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By Roman R on February 17, 2012
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This film was slammed in the UK and buried by the makers Channel 4 because it was felt that it portrayed gay men in a negative way. Yes, it's dark and at times pretty sad but I think it's a very honest portrayl of modern gay life in London. It challenges many stereotypes and asks lots questions. There are no happy endings but it's a good story well told, beautifully filmed with a great atmosphere. And theres a few good looking lads too. Well worth a look.
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An excellent performance from all concerned in what is basically, in spite of its hype, a dark homophobic movie intended to make gays go back into the closet and bolt it from the inside. It concerns a serious of vicious attacks on gays in a particular neighborhood of London, presumably from real events. One is told that "neighbors" get together to fight back. Absolutely no such thing. Not one single attack is traced to its perpetrators. What one gets is a bunch of boring homophobic suburbanites having dinner while a gay boy gets murdered right outside. Kudos for having dared to expose the reality of sex between teens and adults. Many times, the teen is the aggressor, which was portrayed in the movie with chilling and heartbreaking accuracy. Wilby and Graves, of "Maurice" fame, are bit players in this one. Time has been kind to Graves, not Wilby. The movie belongs to the teen and his adult target. Real chemistry there! I like the movie, not the content.
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I can't add much of substance that reviewers Hewson and Drake haven't already said. This is a mordant film that touches on painful truths, both in how gays treat each other and in how the non-gay world treats gays. All is not golden in an era where gays are gaining more rights, greater visibility, and ostensible social acceptance. Many people will dislike some of the insights presented here, but when honest with themselves many will also acknowledge that these insights are on target. A wake-up call and a good film. Kudos to all involved. [And seeing Rupert Graves and James Wilby of Maurice interact now that they have hit middle age is an inside irony and a great touch. The romantic hope of their interaction in Maurice is a telling contrast to the backdrop and emotional tenor of their interaction here. This particular bit of casting seems to ask, "Have we fallen from the wistful hope of Maurice to this?"]
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