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Bedrooms and Hallways

Recently, I watched the gay-themed British movie Bedrooms and Hallways. I was quite impressed with its list of actors who are now quite well known if you've watched a lot of Brit tv. Kevin McKidd, Julie Graham, Simon Callow, Harriet Walter, Con O'Neill, Jennifer Ehle, Tom Hollander, James Purefoy.

The best part of the movie is Tom Hollander playing the flaming gay man and really walks away with the movie. (The scene where he's handcuffed to the bed is probably the best scene in the movie).

I was a bit disappointed in the storyline (and I realize it was made in 1998 and things have changed). The story starts off really well with McKidd being the lead and falling in love with another man. But by the end of the movie, it's like they try to erase all gayness from the movie.

Have any of you watched it? Do you have an opinion on it?

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by Anonymousreply 53Last Thursday at 8:54 AM

I enjoyed it! The two leads are bisexual? and that’s fine...The other couple is gay and of course the straight quirky couple. I think it represents diff facets of sexuality. And James Purefoy is hot in it (my main reason for watching it).

by Anonymousreply 101/31/2021

Enjoyed it at the time but it didn't become a favourite like Trick or But I'm A Cheerleader.

I remember bits and pieces - Tom Hollander and Hugo Weaving were the highlights - but can't remember how it ends.

by Anonymousreply 201/31/2021

James Purefoy, totally hot but apparently a complete pussy hound.

by Anonymousreply 301/31/2021

This is so old school...but I love this film. I actually rewatched it last summer...I love the characters and their relationships. Lots of good Brit actors with the exception of Hugo...

by Anonymousreply 401/31/2021

No penis.

by Anonymousreply 501/31/2021

I watched it ages ago and remember liking it to a point but still finding it a bit empty. I just didn't buy the storylines although obviously it's always beautiful to see guys like Purefoy and McKidd play gay/bi men.

If we're talking about British gay movies then I can recommend Get Real. I loved it at some point and watched it like five times.

by Anonymousreply 601/31/2021

I loved Hugo in it. I found him extremely sexy.

by Anonymousreply 701/31/2021

[quote]If we're talking about British gay movies then I can recommend Get Real. I loved it at some point and watched it like five times.

Vaguely remember the plot of Get Real - something about the sensitive boy fancying the school jock blah blah but the only scene that stands out was the fat sassy best friend who looked about 30. At one point the sensitive boy says "We need to get back to Basingstoke" and she replies "But no one ever wants to go BACK to Basingstoke?" which always amused me.

The sensitive boy gave up acting is now a real life Mark Darcy.

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by Anonymousreply 801/31/2021

Tom Hollander is so cute.

by Anonymousreply 901/31/2021

Tom Hollander is the size of a pygmy but has a curious, interesting demeanour.

by Anonymousreply 1001/31/2021

R3- James Purefoy is a complete COCK HOUND

NOT a pussy hound.

by Anonymousreply 1101/31/2021

If anyone is interested this is on YouTube for free.

by Anonymousreply 1201/31/2021

I saw this movie in 2000. I was 25 at the time. Based on my experience with gay culture in the 90s, this movie was another example of gays being gaslit with the “everyone’s bisexual” narrative.

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by Anonymousreply 1301/31/2021

R13- There was a movie in 1978 about a bi sexual guy who falls in love with a woman who is supposed to be a lesbian and then they get married. I don't know if the movie is STUPID , Homophobic or both.

by Anonymousreply 1401/31/2021

R14, is that the movie with Perry King, Meg Foster, and Valerie Curtin? "A Different Story"?

by Anonymousreply 1501/31/2021

R15- Yes

by Anonymousreply 1601/31/2021

R14 - I remember reading about that movie when I was a teenager researching everything I could find about homosexuality. And of course, it was sited as an example of Hollywood’s hostility toward gays. Bed knobs and Hallways though, is promoted as “ahead of its time” or “edgy” by gay culture.

by Anonymousreply 1701/31/2021

The director was a lesbian at the time - probably married to a man now...

by Anonymousreply 1802/04/2021

The Austen parody was so hot. I wish the movie had more of it.

by Anonymousreply 1902/04/2021

Am I the only one who found it totally homophobic?

The romantic gay guy who’s looking for love ends up with a woman, and the sex-crazed hetero turns gay at the end.

by Anonymousreply 2002/04/2021

Love this movie and watch it every once in a while as comfort food. The handcuff scene is brilliant. Tom Hollander and James Purefoy are both, to me, pure sex in this movie. Even though I recognize and agree with some of its faults. (But my taste may be questionable since, for example, I like 'Clapham Junction', which most hate.)

Anyway, the man I really want to ravish is Con O'Neill. And I've been loving him ever since this movie in everything he does. Just as examples, he was great in 'Happy Valley', and in 'Cucumber' (though 'Cucumber' was a questionable show.) Does anyone know if he's straight or gay? I thought at one time that he was gay but his twitter seems to be straight. For whatever reason, I think he's hot as hell.

Any British insiders know?

by Anonymousreply 2102/04/2021

Some of you better not watch "Bob & Rose" or you'll be triggered.

by Anonymousreply 2202/04/2021

Con O'Neill is out. I keep meaning to check out "Mojo." I think O'Neill is in that, with Aidan Gillen.

by Anonymousreply 2302/04/2021

Agree with R13. In interviews the director said "I think everyone is bi" which is BS. The film feels like something where the characters are moved around like chess pieces on a pansexual game board, and some of it feels contrived.

Bob and Rose is just another example of Russell Davies obsession with button pushing for its own sake. That show's view of gay life is rather depressing, and it does feed into the notion of gay being a choice, even though that's not the intent I assume.

A Different Story is just wrongheaded in so many ways. Even at the time critics didn't buy its scenario.

by Anonymousreply 2402/04/2021

[Quote] it does feed into the notion of gay being a choice

Really? The male lead is quite adamant that he's gay. Rose doesn't unlock a hidden love for womEn.

by Anonymousreply 2502/04/2021

[Quote] That show's view of gay life is rather depressing

Surely its view of "fruit fly" life if more depressing?

by Anonymousreply 2602/04/2021

[quote]Anyway, the man I really want to ravish is Con O'Neill. And I've been loving him ever since this movie in everything he does.

Have you seen him in the tv series "Uncle"? He's hilarious an steals the whole series.

by Anonymousreply 2702/04/2021

R27

Thanks very much.

by Anonymousreply 2802/04/2021

I searched for a clip of Con in "Uncle" and could only find 2 seconds of him on the trailer of Season 3 (which is the worst of the three seasons). But here he is at 0:28.

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by Anonymousreply 2902/04/2021

😕 QUE ?

by Anonymousreply 3002/04/2021

I loved Con in "Cucumber" so I went back to see his previous like "Dancing Thru the Dark". I'm glad he is still in the biz. He has a role in THE BATMAN. You can see a glimpse of him in the trailer.

I still think he's attractive, but younger Con was even better.

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by Anonymousreply 3102/04/2021

I saw Con in Blood Brothers on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 3202/04/2021

[QUOTE]Bob and Rose is just another example of Russell Davies obsession with button pushing for its own sake. That show's view of gay life is rather depressing, and it does feed into the notion of gay being a choice, even though that's not the intent I assume.

From a 2018 interview with RTD

[quote]In 2001, he bounced from Queer as Folk into another gay drama, Bob and Rose. It might be my favourite of Davies’s work, simply for the unlikeliness of its subject matter as raw material for a romantic comedy. Bob (Alan Davies, in maximum puppy-dog mode) is a gay man. Rose (Lesley Sharp) is a straight woman. They fall in love.

[quote]Davies was attracted to the story because he was tired of TV executives trying to get him to write a more conventional tale: the midlife crisis of a married man who realises he is attracted to other men. But writing it forced him to overcome his own prejudices. “A friend of mine fell in love with a woman, and the prejudice that he faced from us gay men – and from me, I didn’t believe it for a second, I thought he was mad, I thought he was having a nervous breakdown, I thought he wanted children, I thought she wanted his money.”

[quote]He and his friends were “vile” about the relationship – “we’d meet each other on trains and sit there bitching about him” – until he finally sat down with the man and had an honest conversation. A bit drunk, at two in the morning, he asked him all the intrusive but fascinating questions that swirled around: how did they have sex? Was he still attracted to men? What happened when a hot guy walked in the room? “And he answered it all: he answered it all with ‘love’. He simply loved her.”

[quote]Again, though, some of the most vitriolic reaction came from the gay community. Davies tells me that ITV had to call the police over threats from men in Brighton. “I think they were just two men in a bedsit, but they called themselves a campaign.” He laughs, because in 2001 sending death threats to a public figure was a relatively time-consuming and rare occurrence, rather than the work of a few seconds and the click of a button. “Vile letters, so women-hating, the worst I’ve ever seen,” he says. “This is what they said: ‘if a woman came between me and a man, I would turn her inside out through her own slit.’ That’s… wow.”

by Anonymousreply 3302/04/2021

[quote](But my taste may be questionable since, for example, I like 'Clapham Junction', which most hate.)

Oh my god Clapham Junction was one of the worst pieces of television I've ever seen. It felt like a script written in the 90s being made in the late 00s without any modification for the changes to gay behaviour. There was one highlight though, Phoebe Nicholls screaming "I CAN SMELL IT!

by Anonymousreply 3402/04/2021

[quote]But my taste may be questionable since, for example, I like 'Clapham Junction', which most hate.)

I can't get over that Treadaway Twin (whichever one that was) was meant to be 14-years old. That was some Stockard Channing in GREASE level casting. But I understood him because I too would give anything to fuck Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle).

by Anonymousreply 3502/04/2021

Wasn't "Bob and Rose" alleged to have been inspired by Stephen Daldry falling in love with and marrying a woman in his middle age?

by Anonymousreply 3602/04/2021

[quote]Wasn't "Bob and Rose" alleged to have been inspired by Stephen Daldry

Whoever it was based on, it was a boring show. And it only ran one season. I think it would have worked better if they had cast a sexier actor to play Bob. If he was a highly desirable gay man who was sexually active and fell in love with a woman, it would have been more interesting. Alan Davies was the type that stood in the corner of a gay bar and drank beer until last call, but never went home with anyone. So the message the audience received was "If you can't get laid as a gay man, try going over to women."

by Anonymousreply 3702/04/2021

R24 - Thank you. I take it you’re British. I’m in the U.S. I remember picking up and looking over a copy of Bob and Rose way back when, also. I lived in the gay section of town and our local video store carried everything gay under the sun. I decided against putting myself through watching it though. My response to those who don’t understand - bisexuality exists. We get it. The problem isn’t that, it’s these different artists wanting to push the topic as if all gay men are bisexual. They’ve done it often. I think I developed a complex over this, back when I would see this a lot (late 90s/early’00s) . I haven’t kept up with a lot of gay movies recently so I don’t know if gay man suddenly falling in love with a woman is still a popular topic or not.

by Anonymousreply 3802/04/2021

I liked the movie until it got to the end and the main gay guy ended up with his ex girlfriend

by Anonymousreply 3902/04/2021

I loved Angela Lansbury in this. Proof she would have made a great Mary Poppins.

by Anonymousreply 4002/04/2021

I've forgotten some of the plot. Was the Hugo Weaving character an older married man having an affair with the young guy?

by Anonymousreply 4102/04/2021

Beautiful Thing

by Anonymousreply 4202/04/2021

[quote]Wasn't "Bob and Rose" alleged to have been inspired by Stephen Daldry falling in love with and marrying a woman in his middle age?

r36, the only problem I have with these switch-hitters is when they continue to refer to themselves as gay. Both Daldry, and the character 'Bob' based on him (I guess), do this. I think it's some sort of power-play or attention-seeking grab to tell people "I'm in love with my wife in every way (physically, sexually, romantically, etc.) but I'm also a gay man". Of course this produces conflict, because those two things are diametrically opposed, as any 'gay' man sexually attracted to women is, in fact, not gay. If these guys were just honest about their bisexuality then no one would bat an eye that they are involved with women.

by Anonymousreply 4302/08/2021

[quote] Some of you better not watch "Bob & Rose" or you'll be triggered.

I was.

Two ugly stars. Obnoxious Davies. Patronising plot.

by Anonymousreply 4402/09/2021

'Bedrooms and Hallways' was advertised as a comedy but the bulk of it was farce.

Some good actors worked building a well-rounded character which was quickly undermined for the sake a making another slapstick gag.

I'm surprised Simon Callow (and Hollander) make themselves look foolish playing cartoonish characters in an anti-gay farce like this.

by Anonymousreply 4502/09/2021

[quote] its list of actors who are now quite well known …. Jennifer Ehle… James Purefoy.

Jennifer Ehle did 'Bedrooms and Hallways' after 'Pride and Prejudice' so her career has gone down ever since.

And unfortunately, pretty James Purefoy didn't get a major role in his subsequent career.

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by Anonymousreply 4602/09/2021

So is Con actually gay? I may be the minority but I’m a sucker for a ginger!

by Anonymousreply 4703/16/2021

R47

R23 says he is out, but he or she doesn't mention how they know. Maybe there is an interview somewhere, but if there is, I can't find it.

In either case, in or out, you have to get in line behind me.

I was re watching him in 'Cucumber' and his sex scene with Freddie Fox. and imagining that most gay viewers wanted to be Con fucking Freddie, and I so wanted to be Freddie up on the counter getting plowed by Con.

He may have been even more appealing when he was younger, but younger or older, he could talk me off with that voice.

R41 - Weaver was the real estate agent having the affair with Tom Hollander. I don't know what the age difference was.

by Anonymousreply 4803/16/2021

Freddie Fox is a dick wilter. One of those actors whom are supposed to be hot, have the accoutrements of hotness, playing a character everyone thinks is hot---but they just are not actually hot.

by Anonymousreply 4903/16/2021

[quote]but they just are not actually hot

I agree. He has a nice body and being blond he gets more attention, but his face is fugly. He makes me think of 1980s porn actors. And he doesn’t have the sexy voice of cousin Laurence.

by Anonymousreply 5003/16/2021

[quote] Weaver was the real estate agent having the affair with Tom Hollander. I don't know what the age difference was.

Thanks R48. Yeah I remembered Weaving as the estate agent. I was asking whether his character was single or partnered/married when he was having an affair with the Tom Hollander character.

by Anonymousreply 5103/16/2021

R51

Oh, sorry. I don't think he was, but I haven't watched it in a few years.

Maybe someone else here will know for sure.

by Anonymousreply 5203/16/2021

James Purefoy is beyond beautiful in this film

by Anonymousreply 53Last Thursday at 8:54 AM
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