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ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (1986)

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS <span>(1986)</span> artwork

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (1986)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 103

BBFCInsight moderate violence, racist language, sex references, nudity, drug misuse

Genre(s) Musical, Drama

Director(s) Julien Temple

Cast includes Eddie O'Connell, Patsy Kensit, David Bowie, Ray Davies, James Fox, Lionel Blair, Mandy Rice-Davies, Eve Ferret, Graham Fletcher-Cook, Joe McKenna, Steven Berkoff, Edwrad Tudor-Pole, Sade Adu, Bruce Payne, Slim Gaillard, Anita Morris, Robbie Coltrane, Jess Conrad, Ronald Fraser, Chris Pitt

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 20/05/2016

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS is a 1986 musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes' novel about a young photographer who falls in love with a model in London in 1958.

Violence

Scenes of violence include fights in which men are kicked and punched in the face and body, a fight between two men which includes a bottle being smashed over a man's head, and a knife fight between two men that ends with a woman being accidentally cut. The film also features a race riot in which clubs, a straight razor and a knuckleduster are wielded, and in which a man is threatened with a broken bottle that is held close to his face. However, there is no injury detail.

Discrimination

There is some use of racist language, which is often aggressive, including terms such as 'nigger', 'wog', 'golliwog', and 'sambo'. However, the film - which is set against a backdrop of rising racial tensions leading up to a race riot - clearly condemns discriminatory language and behaviour.

Sex

There is a scene in which a man masturbates under bedclothes, as well as some verbal references to sexual behaviour. However, there is no strong detail.

Nudity

Pin-up photographs and posters show bare-breasted women. There are also simple outline drawings of naked women.

Drugs

In one scene, a man smokes a marijuana joint before passing it to another man; the second man smokes it and subsequently crashes his motorbike.

There is some mild bad language ('bastard', 'piss off', 'crap', 'bloody', 'sod', 'balls', 'tits', 'moron', 'hell', 'damn', 'Christ', 'God'), as well as scenes in which adult characters smoke cigarettes, reflecting the period in which the film is set.

Details

Title
ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS
Year
1986
Formats
Cinema, DVD
Distributor(s)
Virgin Video,Second Sight Films,Palace Pictures
Classified date(s)
23/05/2016
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF058327

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