- The Leather Boys
name = The Leather Boys
Sidney J. Furie
released = January 1964
runtime = 108 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0057244
"The Leather Boys" is a 1964 British
drama filmshowing a biker gangwhich had in it a gay member. This film is notable as an early example of a film that violated the Hollywoodproduction code, yet was still shown in the United States, as well as an important film in the genre of queer cinema.
A hybrid of British
kitchen sink realismand American biker film, it was considered daring in 1964 as it touched upon homosexuality, however obliquely. Some reviewers have noted that it contains naturalistic photography and [ [http://www.digitallyobsessed.com/showreview.php3?ID=1717 dOc DVD Review: The Leather Boys (1963) ] ] period locations [ [http://efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=6306&reviewer=325 Movie Review - Leather Boys, The - eFilmCritic ] ] .
The film is based on a novel commissioned by the London literary agent and publisher
Anthony Blond. [ [http://www.trashfiction.co.uk/leather_boys.html The Leather Boys ] ] [ [http://www.countrylife.co.uk/culture/article/107620/Book_Review_Jew_Made_in_England.html Book Review: Jew Made in England | Culture | Houses for sale, properties for sale - Country Life ] ] He suggested that Gillian Freeman write about a "Romeo and Romeo in the South London suburbs". [ [http://www.martinforeman.com/pages/mfrvleat.html Review of The Leather Boys (Gillian Freeman) by Martin Foreman ] ]
The film plot was changed considerably, presumably to make it more palatable to 1964 movie-goers. Only one of the main male characters is gay in the film (with Reggie leaving Pete upon finding out his sexuality at the film's end) but, while neither has a happy ending, in the novel there is no ambiguity whatsoever regarding the love between Pete and Reggie.
The book was published in 1961 under the pseudonym Eliot George [ [http://www.trashfiction.co.uk/leather_boys.html The Leather Boys ] ] --an inversion of the famous 19th century female author,
Mary Ann Evans, who published as George Eliot. Freeman is credited in the film as the author of the screenplay based on the novel of Eliot George.
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