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Does anybody know when this film is likely to be shown again on British Television? I remember seeing this when I was a teenager and that was over 30 years ago and would like to see it again.

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It's on this very evening on BBC2 around 11-ish. I've never heard of it before but it sounds very intriguing. I'll definitely be watching.

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I missed the first half of it and was shocked at the ending. Compelling stuff.

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Can you get this film on DVD? Or VHS?

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Showing Weds 15/8/2007 at 1210 on BBC2

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I got delayed at home yesterday, hung around for a bit and turned on the TV at lunchtime and happened across this film...

..I thought it was going to be a British-style "12 Angry Men" with a neat ending where everyone eventually realized that these 4 youngsters were thoughtlessly considered ruffians and trouble makers, when in fact they were just out for a good time on limited resources and actually had Hearts of Gold..

..but the happy twist had an ugly twist..


It was a bit of a prozelytizing effort and the director was making a very outspoken statement about the justice system in postwar Britain in the Robert Morley character.


It had the usual cheeky-chappie cockney Londoner (Walthamstow?) portrayal by posh actors attempting to be West-Enders...but otherwise it was compelling stuff, and I hung around until the end and went to work in quite a thoughtful mood.

Very good!

Did anyone else see it yesterday?

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I managed to see this film on returning to the UK from the USA this month and it was very refreshing to see a Britflick as soon as I got home. Some seemingly inoffensive Cockneys out to have a laugh are scripted to their doom, rather than their freedom after what seems to be an innocuous night out: really nicely done.

It does serve as a poignant reminder that sometimes 'harmless fun' ends up being the opposite. Well acted and good scripting this stands the test of time well but sadly I don't reckon the youth of today would care too much about the consequences of actions like this anymore.

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I saw it and despite being in black and white, it's okay

I love Philip Winchester and Scott Tracy like hell

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It was on TV monday night, 30th June. Unfortunately I missed last half of it because I had to go out. I assumed that it would be on DVD somewhere but it isn't.
Great cast and all looking so young.

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A very belated reply but THE BOYS is available on DVd in Region 2..

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showing again tonight (29th June) on BBC4


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it was on film 24 earlier today

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I saw it once as a kid, so long ago I don't even remember how old I was, could have been from 10 to 17.

I think it was one of the first, if not the first, film where I was affected by a 'gotcha' moment. The thing I've never forgotten is that moment where the prosecutor paints the boys in a corner with the details about the cigarettes, saying "All you had to say was 'I didn't know I had it on me'". That was electric for me...

The thorn defends the rose, yet it is peaceful and does not seek conflict.

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