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Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 May 1987 (UK)
Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns.

Director:

Alan Clarke

Writers:

Andrea Dunbar, Andrea Dunbar (based on the stage plays by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Holmes ... Sue
Siobhan Finneran ... Rita
George Costigan ... Bob
Lesley Sharp ... Michelle
Kulvinder Ghir ... Aslam
Willie Ross Willie Ross ... Sue's Father
Danny O'Dea ... Paddy
David Britton David Britton ... Rita's Brother
Mark Crompton Mark Crompton ... Rita's Brother
Stuart Goodwin ... Rita's Brother
Max Jackman Max Jackman ... Rita's Brother
Andrew Krauz Andrew Krauz ... Rita's Brother
Simon Waring Simon Waring ... Rita's Brother
Maureen Long Maureen Long ... Rita's Mother
Joyce Pembroke Joyce Pembroke ... Lawn Mower Lil
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Storyline

Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob e as Suas Mulheres See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$124,167
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Holmes turned down the opportunity to play the regular character of Carmen in the BBC's wildly successful sitcom Bread (1986) in order to play Sue. See more »

Goofs

The famous Bollywood movie (Sholey) song was playing in the theater but they mentioned it that it was a Pakistani movie. See more »

Quotes

Aslam: I can't help being a paki!
Sue's Dad: Yes you fuckin' can. Shouldn't interfere.
Sue's Mum: Nor should you! You're always tellin' folk what they should do; you haven't done it yourself!
Sue's Dad: [trying to be dignified] I've done some things...
Sue's Mum: You've done nowt and you've been nowt all your life!
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Connections

Features Sholay (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Turbo Charged
Music by Peter Hinton and Will Reid-Dick
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Funny, sad, sometimes grim, but not moribund.
10 January 2004 | by andy67ukSee all my reviews

This is quite a low-key film from Alan Clark. It is a sad, funny, warts-and-all story about social desperation, and how people seek escape and solace from it. George Costigan is excellent as the bored, 'nouveau-riche' husband who gets his kicks from seducing less experienced teenagers. The two girls are wonderfully played and their characterisations are true to life. This is also a film about the 'little' people. Some viewers might be offended by the use of racist language used when referring to Asians, and perhaps even the portrayal of Sue's Pakistani boyfriend as violent, but this is essential to the realistic depiction of working-class life in a decaying inner-city area. The funniest characters are Sue's drunken and obnoxious father, and the nosey parker with the hosepipe who's always got his eye on the strange goings on in the neighbourhood. This film also marked the highest moment of that dreadful party band Black Lace who perform a composition entitled 'Gang Bang'. It is the films bawdiness and honesty that makes 'Rita, Sue and Bob too' a minor classic of the long gone 1980s.


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