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The Leather Boys (1964)

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Dot (Rita Tushingham) is a girl who marries motorcycle maven Reggie (Colin Campbell) to escape her parents' influence. The marriage gets off to a rocky start and completely slides downhill after the honeymoon is plagued by bad weather. Dot refuses to have anything to do with household responsibilities and cooks only canned beans. Reggie loses interest in sex with Dot because of her actions, and after moving in with his grandmother, he begins to hang around Pete (Dudley Sutton). The two friends ride their motorcycles and begin to spend even more time together, and eventually Reggie realizes that Pete is a homosexual. Dot tells Reggie she is pregnant in an attempt to get him back -- with no result, but when Reggie comes home to find his wife in bed with another man, he decides to go off to sea with Pete. Pete leaves Reggie shaken and alone when he goes off with a group of sailors out to satisfy their same-sex lust. The film was controversial at the time of its initial release. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Cast

Avice Landone
as Reggie's Mother
Betty Marsden
as Dot's Mother
Lockwood West
as Reggie's Father
Martin Matthews
as Uncle Arthur
Johnny Briggs
as Boy Friend
Geoffrey Dunn
as Mr. Lunnis
Dandy Nichols
as Mrs. Stanley
Elizabeth Begley
as Receptionist
Brian Phelan
as Man-in-Jeans
Oliver MacGreevy
as Merchant Seaman
Sandra Caron
as School Girl
Carmel McSharry
as Bus Conductor
Joyce Hemson
as Publican's Wife
Sylvia Kay
as Schoolteacher
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Critic Reviews for The Leather Boys

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

[Director Sidney J. Furie] and his cast, who are not constantly effective with a relatively thin theme, have managed to elicit honesty and genuine tenderness and humor from their simple drama.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

It is this personal quality, this sense of intimacy, which, finally, is the achievement of Sidney Furie as a director.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Virtues of the pic lie in Sidney Furie's direction and in the two male performances.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Sidney J. Furie apes the dull flash of the British New Wave.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

What the film gets spot on is milieu. Its London streets are monotonous brick barracks. The houses reek of boiled potatoes, unwashed curtains, endless resentment. What hungry soul wouldn't want to flee? Or hear the engines of motorbikes as siren calls?

April 30, 2021 | Full Review…

Pete is the film's hero and reason and charm. He is played with such accuracy and pathos by Dudley Sutton that no one and nothing else have much of a chance of getting our interest and sympathy.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Leather Boys

A classic kitchen sink drama, though not as well known as similar films of the period. The Leather Boys tells the story of two people who marry too young, and discoverer they don't really know each other. As the couple begin to drift apart, Reggie turns to his pal and begins to find out who he really is. Features great acting from the 3 leads (Campbell, Tushingham and Sutton), and was ahead of it's time due to the fact it features homosexuality. Overall if you like films from this period this is a must see.

Emily B.
Emily B.

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