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Smack and Thistle

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Smack and Thistle

When a young black wide-boy rescues a rich white girl from a heroin overdose – and falls for her – he’s drawn into a world of high-class crime.

Drama 1989 95 mins

Director: Tunde Ikoli


Abel (Charlie Caine) is a young black wide-boy trying to go straight. But during his final heist he finds a rich young white girl, saves her from a heroin overdose, and begins to fall for her. Soon he’s drawn into a world of high-class crime far more sinister and serious than anything he encountered on the streets.

Both a perceptive tale of inter-racial romance and a crafty urban thriller, Smack and Thistle is a n unjustly forgotten British feature from a black director – Tunde Ikoli – who sadly hasn’t directed since.