Set in and around the famous Ace Cafe, this classic British film of the 60's follows the lives of two newly weds, Dot played by Rita Tushingham and Reggie, Colin Campbell mistaking lust for love, their marriage ends up on the rocks. When Reggie moves in with his best mate Pete played by Dudley Sutton he discovers a new world and relationship.
More A Taste of Honey than The Wild One.
- The Leather Boys review by Steve Mason
The Leather Boys is a personal favourite among the British New Wave films. The nominal star is Rita Tushingham, but the real draw is the relationship of Dudley Sutton with Rita's new husband, Colin Campbell. The film centres around a motorcycle race up the A1, and is a treat for bike enthusiasts and those with an interest in the feel of provincial life in the UK, in the early 60s.
But it the vulnerable characters of Sutton and Campbell that haunt you, still children, but having to behave like adults, not quite sure yet what the rules are.
The Leather Boys is a must see for those who enjoy the new realism that reinvigorated UK cinema between the war and the permissive society.