Beautiful Thing

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Beautiful Thing is a 1993 play and 1995 film, both written by Jonathan Harvey.


  • There's me going to bed every night worried because you had to share a bed with Ste, and all the time you were... you turned a seventy minus one.
  • No, I know what you need... shooting.


Leah's Mother: Oh, I suppose I should be glad it's not techno-acidic housey-housey pop trash.


Ryan: What you fuckin' looking at!?
Miss Chauhan: Less "fucking" and more attention, please! [looking at a pregnant student] Something you might have said to your boyfriend that, Gina.

Tony: Jamie... how old are you?
Jamie: Old enough. How old are you?
Tony: Twenty-seven; not old enough to be your dad, right?

Ryan: How about a drink?
Sandra: Have a wank, big bollocks!

Neighbour: It's her; she can't control her kids!
Leah's Mother: I have only got the one, you know.
Neighbour: It's just as bloody well!

[Jamie and Ste go to bed]
Jamie: ...Ste?
Ste: Hm?
Jamie: You alright?
Ste: Yeah.
[Jamie pauses]
Jamie: ...Ste?
Ste: What?
Jamie: Goodnight.
Ste: Goodnight, Jamie.

Sandra: What's the matter with Madonna?
Leah: She's a slag.
Sandra: Hypocrit.

Jamie: Scared of being called queer!?
Ste: ...Are you?
Jamie: Maybe... maybe not.
Ste: And are you?
Jamie: Queer?
Ste: Gay.
Jamie: Very happy. I'm happy when I'm with you... There, I said it now; go on, piss yourself.
Ste: No.
Jamie: Why, don't you think it's funny?
Ste: I don't want to.
Jamie: I think it's hilarious.
Ste: Why aren't you laughing then?

Jamie: I'm a queer! A bender! Puffer! nob-shiner! Brown-atter! Shirt-flap lifter--!
Tony: --I get the picture.
Jamie: Now just leave me alone.
Tony: And she knows this?
Jamie: [sarcastically] No, I thought I'd tell you first!

Jamie: Thanks for telling me.
Sandra Gangel: Snap.

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