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Purely Belter (2001)

Purely Belter





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Two boys from troubled homes find that their love for British football gives them a focus in life -- and gets them into deep trouble in this realistic comedy drama. Sewell (Greg McLane) and Gerry (Chris Beattie) are two close friends growing up in an economically-depressed neighborhood in Newcastle-on-Tyne. Sewell has been living with his grandfather (Roy Hudd) since his parents abandoned him years ago, while Gerry, his mother (Charlie Hardwick), and his sister Clare (Tracy Whitwell) drift from flat to flat trying to avoid Gerry's dad (Tim Healy), an abusive thief and alcoholic. Sewell and Gerry aren't much on school, but they do have a dream -- they're loyal supporters of the Newcastle United football team, and they would love more than anything to have season tickets to see them play. However, the passes would cost 1,000 pounds, which is hardly within the boy's means; while they pledge to give up cigarettes to help save the money, they know that alone won't pay the tab. Gerry and Sewell try a number of schemes to make some extra money, from selling old things from around the house to shoplifting, but when they move on to the big leagues -- car theft and bank robbery -- things take an unexpected turn. Purely Belter was screened as part of the "Director's Fortnight" series at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Herman
In Theaters:
Film Four International - Official Site


Chris Beattie
as Gerry McCarten
Tim Healy
as Mr. McCarten
Kevin Whately
as Mr. Caird
Roy Hudd
as Mr. Sewell
Charlie Hardwick
as Mrs. McCarten
Alan Shearer
as Himself
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

So bad in so many different ways that a review threatens to become a list.

October 12, 2001

An engaging, bittersweet ode to family, friends and football.

Full Review… | October 9, 2001

Full Review… | October 12, 2001

Full Review… | October 12, 2001
Empire Magazine

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