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Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Spence

Writer:

Tony Marchant
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Mackintosh ... Karl / Kim Foyle
Rupert Graves ... Paul Prentice
Miriam Margolyes ... Pamela
Saskia Reeves ... Jean
Charlotte Coleman ... Alison
Neil Dudgeon ... Neil Payne
Nisha Nayar ... Angela (as Nisha K. Nayar)
Lia Williams ... Defence Solicitor
Ian Dury ... Recovery Agent
Robert Pugh ... DS Cole
Phil Davis ... Taxi Driver (as Philip Davis)
Rick Warden ... PC Ken
Kevin Allen ... PC Alan
Gerard Horan ... Sergeant Harry
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Prosecuting Solicitor
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Storyline

Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, and she has no desire to stir up the past while she's busy forging a neat and orderly new life. Prentice, on the other hand, has charm but is a social disaster stuck in a dead-end job. His main talent is for getting them both into trouble. Amid the squabbles, they start to fall in love. One night, Kim invites Prentice to a romantic dinner at her flat. Prentice, finding the seduction unexpectedly effective, freaks out. He proceeds to make a public display of both of them and winds up in court. Humiliated and angry, Kim runs away. Only she can save Prentice now, but will true love triumph for a new made woman and an aging punk? Written by <jsharp@digitus.mozart.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, brief graphic sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossing the Border See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,816, 14 September 1997

Gross USA:

$300,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$300,645
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Sat on the shelf for three years before being released. See more »

Quotes

Paul Prentice: [while making love to Kim] It fits! It bloody fits!
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Soundtracks

Orgasm Addict
written by Pete Shelley (as P. Shelley)
performed by Buzzcocks (as Buzzcocks)
recording company: Buzzcocks/Sensei Ltd
published by Complete Music Ltd
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A film about bravery, crossing borders, love, and struggling with sensory perception
21 September 1999 | by VmaxSee all my reviews

This film hit me like a lightning bolt. It brought tears to my face and almost restored my faith in the human race. It tries to tell us that even the unthinkable can be done if we accept the combined power of feelings and imagination. We see people struggle with age old morals, their youth and upbringing. We can almost taste the bitter loneliness of the adapted transsexual as we can actually feel the pain of the struggling rebel that (almost) cannot accept the discrepancies between memory and perception, between love, lust and friendship, between what's done and not done. The actors make it all believable and enjoyable. They live the parts that show true bravery in crossing holy borders.


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