Rita, Sue and Bob Too

  • 18
  • Alan Clarke (1986)
  • UK
  • 88 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Adapted by Andrea Dunbar from two of her controversial plays, this tale of an affair between a married man and two teenage girls caused a right old rumpus on its release. Although much of the shock value has been diluted by seeing so much of the same on our weekly soaps nowadays, this is still a film to make you squirm as you find yourself unable to decide who is being exploited, where the blame lies and how to respond to jokes that are uproariously funny despite their political incorrectness. Over 20 years on, the three characters still exist in abundance, and it is to the credit of Michelle Holmes, Siobhan Finneran and George Costigan that they pitch their performances so perfectly.

Plot Summary

A bored married man decides the only way to get around his wife's indifferent attitude to sex is to have a fling with the teenage girls who babysit for them. However, it proves to be a risky manoeuvre, and his other half soon gets wind of the trio's liaisons through local gossip. Comedy, starring Siobhan Finneran, Michelle Holmes, George Costigan, Lesley Sharp and Willie Ross.

Cast and crew


Siobhan Finneran
Michelle Holmes
George Costigan
Lesley Sharp
Sue's father
Willie Ross
Sue's mother
Patti Nicholls
Kulvinder Ghir
Danny O'Dea
Rita's brother
David Britton
Rita's brother
Mark Crompton
Rita's brother
Stuart Goodwin
Rita's brother
Max Jackman
Rita's brother
Andrew Krauz
Rita's brother
Simon Waring
Rita's mother
Maureen Long
Lawnmower Lil
Joyce Pembroke


Alan Clarke

Other Information

Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18

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