Boston Kickout (1995)





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In Britain, when bored street punks go on violent destructive sprees late at night through local yards and neighborhoods it is called a "Boston kickout." Combining elements of humor, gritty realism, and drama, this youthful film, set in dismal Stevenage, a hastily built post-war town where unemployment and despair runs rampant and the youth, bored and without hope for the future, engage in violent crime and drug use. Under these conditions, four teenage friends struggle to somehow make their way to manhood and a better future. Much of the story centers on Phil, a young man living with his father Ray and the grim memory of his mother's 1982 suicide in London. It was young Phil who found her hanging from a rope at the top of the stairs. Soon afterward, to escape the awful memory, Ray moved them to the suburb. That was years ago and now Phil hangs out with his best mate Ted and tries to figure out what to do with his life. Ted tires of their aimless, empty lives, rebels and leaves after a violent incident. Lonely Phil begins hanging out with Matt and Steve. Matt has recently married and doesn't seem to mind the stultifying life in Stevenage while Steve is emotionally unstable and ready to fall apart. Before the arrival of Shona, his lovely Irish cousin, Phil contemplates what he sees as his two life options, college with its hollow promise of a job, or a life of crime. Shona thinks he has talent as a photographer and encourages him as they embark upon a brief romantic fling. Just when Phil begins to dream of a better life, his bereaved father attempts to kill himself. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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John Simm
as Phil
Mark Warren
as Robert
Albert Allard
as Uncle Marlon
Saidul Anam
as Irish Band
Ricky Barnet
as Bouncer
Osei Benil
as Foreman
John Bodimeade
as Ray's Assistant
Teresa Cole
as Nurse
Janet Crawford
as Auntie Babs
Jeanette Driver
as Josephine Hughes
Patrick Duggan
as Shona's Step-Father
as Brad's Band
Sally Grace
as Barbara
Arran Hall
as Young Phil
Mary Healy
as Shona's Mother
Jason Humphries
as Young Matt
Poppy Huntley
as Stephanie
Michelle Lambourne
as Phil's Mother
Leslie Landers
as Scarface
Huggy Lever
as Bouncer
Stella Martin
as Blonde In Nightclub
John Rafferty
as Young Steven
David Schaal
as Mick (The Manager)
Rowan Schlossberg
as Young Ted
Julie Smith
as Mandy
Roger Stevens
as Karaoke Singer
Freda Tilley
as Old Lady
Steve Weston
as John The Pyromaniac
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a relaxed and fairly satisfying coming-of-age story

November 6, 2004

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July 17, 2005

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