The Leather Boys details
|Starring:||Rita Tushingham, Colin Campbell, Dudley Sutton, Gladys Henson, Avice Landon|
|Director:||Sidney J Furie|
|Studio:||ORBIT MEDIA LTD.|
The Leather Boys
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
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Touching kitchen sinkBy a customer from London , 20 Mar 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Excellent British kitchen sink film with a gay subtext - that becomes less and less 'sub' as the film goes on. I really felt for the main characters in this film as you can see that despite their hopes and dreams they are trapped by the expectations of the time and the limits on what they believe is possible. Clumsy and awkward the happily married couple soon fall apart and it is easy to sympathise with both of them while simultaneously seeing that they are both wrong. Add in a lonely old grandmother and a friend who becomes somewhat too friendly and there is a great little story that is all captured beautifully to make a film that I found extremely touching and evocative.
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Dated but interestingBy RJNeb2 (1012 reviews) from London , 14 Oct 2012This seems like a typically gritty British kitchen sink drama from the 60s with motorbiker Cunningham marrying the shrewish Tushingham too early only for the marriage to quickly descend into arguments and recriminations. Except theres a little twist in that the protagonist is the very last person to realise what his new-found and very close friendship with a fellow biker actually means. Eyebrows were raised at the implications of this, especially at a time when homosexuality was three years away from it no longer being a criminal offence in the UK. Tushinghams character seems to suffer a temporary 180 degree turn halfway through which makes the film seem oddly balanced.
Pity about the qualityBy sixtiesforever (9 reviews) from Dunstable , 05 Oct 2010This DVD must have been copied from a VHS tape. Really poor quality, can hardly read the credits. So trying to catch any detail from the interesting backgrounds is just impossible.
I might watch it again if it ever gets remastered.
Interesting take on bikersBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 04 Mar 2010This is apparently a cult film amongst bikers, but whether they see themselves in the same light as the two leading young men in the story I wouldn't know. Rita Tushingham, at 23 a little too old to be playing the schoolgirl bride, gives a good performance, although her cockney accent sometimes strays back to Liverpool, and Dudley Sutton plays the male friend of her husband. He plays it well, but not until the end is it laid on the line that he's gay, although we've suspected as much a long time before that. It's a curious offering, shot in 1963 but with no hint of pop music on the juke box or in the score, and a strange mix of actors pretending to be hard bikers, yet being involved in domestic disharmony. Look out for the guy who went on to be a Coronation Street regular, he'sone of them. 'The Wild Ones' it most definitely is not. The racing footage is good but at times I think it's a bit speeded up as there's a lorry keeping up with the bikes.
worthy but dated and no funBy Pufferfyshe (18 reviews) from Oxford, England , 29 Apr 2009This one promises a bit of working-class counterculture, but it's so predictable and dreary. Once you've twigged that the pair are basically likable people, but a bad match, you have to sit through all the gory quarrels while the script catches up with you. 'Enjoy?' The acting is good. However, there's not enough tension in the plot to make it fun. There's a lot of old skool feminism behind it; but when the BIG QUEER CHARACTER with his BIG QUEER MANNERISMS waltzed onscreen, I decided this was one of very few films to send back at 30 minutes. Strictly for Sociology class.
The Leather Boys - great British realismBy a customer from Hitchin, England , 26 Jan 2009I've been wanting to see this film for a long time, mainly because I'm into bikes and bike-related films. Several scenes were shot at the Ace Cafe on the North Circular, London in its heyday and the film used some of the cafe's regulars as extras. (I'm old enough to treat this as nostalgia.) When I did finally see the film, I discovered something unexpected. This is a great piece of down-beat British realism. It focus is relentlessly on working-class relationships in the decades after the Second World War and on a going-nowhere generation of youngsters. This is a Britain that has not yet escaped from the grip of war-time austerity though there are hints at social change and the boom time to come. There are some great performances from the leads and some hard-hitting dialogue.
The bikes are not very prominent and are used mainly to develop themes of male bonding and identify the 1960s rocker culture. This is treated unjudgementally (perhaps even sympathetically in some ways) which was unexpected. Rather more dubiously, the film also picks up a jeer commonly thrown at the rocker culture by a, then, very hostile media and develops it into a major theme - dubious perhaps, but remarkable still for the direct way in which it treats a difficult subject.
It's a tough ride and doesn't offer much hope, but if you like British film The Leather Boys is well worth exploring.