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The Scouting Book for Boys

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2009
  • Tom Harper (3)
  • 88 mins
  • 15

Summary

Thriller starring Thomas Turgoose and Holliday Grainger. Teenagers David and Emily have a carefree life in a coastal caravan park, so they are both distraught when Emily learns that she might have to leave. She decides to run away, with David's help - but she is not telling him everything.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

There are two halves to this promising, low-budget British feature: the first is a lovely, bittersweet tale of young friendships and unrequited love; the second is more problematic, a violent slice of lurid psychodrama. Set in a Norfolk caravan park, it stars Thomas Turgoose (This Is England) and Holliday Grainger as David and Emily, two lifelong friends whose future together is threatened when Emily's estranged father reveals plans to take his daughter away. Emily disappears, prompting a huge local manhunt, but in spite of his statements to the contrary, David knows more of her whereabouts than he is letting on. Up until this point, director Tom Harper's feature debut is a wistful and atmospheric drama, with superb performances from Turgoose and especially Grainger. A strong stomach, however, may be needed for the climax, in which all the story's subtleties are blown away by a heavy-handed twist that, poetic as it may be, seems to have drifted in from another film entirely.

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Credits

Cast

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KertzerSteven Mackintosh
DavidThomas Turgoose
SteveRafe Spall
SharonSusan Lynch
EmilyHolliday Grainger
JimTony Maudsley
CharlieEwen Macintosh
BettyLorraine Bruce

Crew

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DirectorTom Harper (3)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Pathe{acute}
Released on
2010-03-19
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sexual references, brief nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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