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The Leather Boys is a 1964 British drama film about the rocker subculture in London featuring a gay motorcyclist.wikipedia
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Rita Tushingham

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Rita Tushingham as Dot
She is known for her starring roles in films including A Taste of Honey (1961), The Leather Boys (1964), The Knack …and How to Get It (1965), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Smashing Time (1967).

Colin Campbell (actor)

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Colin Campbell as Reggie
Campbell's best-known role was the lead in The Leather Boys in 1964, in which he plays a bored married man who starts hanging out with a biker friend—who, he belatedly realises, is gay.

Ace Cafe

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Reviewers have noted that it contains naturalistic photography, and period locations such as the Ace Cafe.
The Ace Cafe was immortalised as a location of the 1964 film The Leather Boys, Sidney J. Furie's notable British gay interest 'kitchen sink' drama, starring Rita Tushingham.

Dudley Sutton

Dudley Sutton as Pete
He played a frustrated teenager accused with his friends of murder in The Boys (1962) and a gay biker in The Leather Boys (1964), both parts showing his potential for offbeat screen personae.

Gillian Freeman

The film is based on a novel commissioned by the London literary agent and publisher Anthony Blond, who suggested that Gillian Freeman write about a "Romeo and Romeo in the South London suburbs".
One of her best known books was the 1961 novel The Leather Boys (published under the pseudonym Eliot George, a reference to the writer George Eliot), a story of a gay relationship between two young working-class men, later turned into a film for which she wrote the screenplay, this time under her own name.

Motion Picture Production Code

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This film is notable as an early example of a film that violated the Hollywood production code, yet was still shown in the United States, as well as an important film in the genre of queer cinema.
Some British films — Victim (1961), A Taste of Honey (1961), and The Leather Boys (1963) — challenged traditional gender roles, and openly confronted the prejudices against homosexuals, all in clear violation of the Hollywood Production Code.

Rocker (subculture)

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The Leather Boys is a 1964 British drama film about the rocker subculture in London featuring a gay motorcyclist.
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Kitchen sink realism

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An example of British kitchen sink realism, it was considered daring in 1964 as it touched upon homosexuality, however obliquely.
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Carmel McSharry

Carmel McSharry as Bus Conductress
She also played bit parts in The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), 80,000 Suspects (1963) and The Leather Boys (1964).

Betty Marsden

Betty Marsden as Dot's Mother
Her other film roles included Ramsbottom Rides Again (1956), The Boys (1962), The Wild Affair (1964), The Leather Boys (1964), The Best House in London (1969), and Eyewitness (1970).

Johnny Briggs (actor)

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Johnny Briggs as Boy Friend (Brian)
The Leather Boys (1964) - Boy Friend

Sidney J. Furie

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His brief dip into the kitchen sink realism movement produced The Leather Boys, which in addition to showcasing the period's rocker subculture, is considered groundbreaking due to its latent homosexual themes.

Lockwood West

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Lockwood West as Reggie's Father
The Leather Boys (1964) - Reggie's Father

Bill McGuffie

Bill McGuffie Quartet
He also provided the music for The Challenge (1960), The Leather Boys (1964), The Comedy Man (1964), Corruption (1968), the cult horror film The Asphyx (1973), and The Cherry Picker (1974).

Drama (film and television)

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The Leather Boys is a 1964 British drama film about the rocker subculture in London featuring a gay motorcyclist.

Homosexuality

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The Leather Boys is a 1964 British drama film about the rocker subculture in London featuring a gay motorcyclist.

Hollywood

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This film is notable as an early example of a film that violated the Hollywood production code, yet was still shown in the United States, as well as an important film in the genre of queer cinema.

New Queer Cinema

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This film is notable as an early example of a film that violated the Hollywood production code, yet was still shown in the United States, as well as an important film in the genre of queer cinema.

Literary agent

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The film is based on a novel commissioned by the London literary agent and publisher Anthony Blond, who suggested that Gillian Freeman write about a "Romeo and Romeo in the South London suburbs".

Anthony Blond

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The film is based on a novel commissioned by the London literary agent and publisher Anthony Blond, who suggested that Gillian Freeman write about a "Romeo and Romeo in the South London suburbs".