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Mala Noche (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 June 1987 (West Germany)
A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Streeter ...
Doug Cooeyate ...
Ray Monge ...
Nyla McCarthy ...
Betty
Sam Downey ...
Hotel Clerk
Robert Lee Pitchlynn ...
Drunk Man (as Bob Pitchlynn)
Eric Pedersen ...
Policeman
Marty Christiansen ...
Bar Friend
George Conner ...
Wino (as Bad George Connor)
Don Chambers ...
Himself
Walt Curtis ...
George
Kenny Presler ...
Street Hustler
Conde Benavides ...
Arcade Amigo
Cristo Stoyos ...
Greek Singer
Matt Cooeyate ...
Boxcar Amigo
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A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really strange and undesirable. Written by Cristian Redferne <sage1997@geocities.com>

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If you fuck with the bull, you get the horn

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$25,000 (estimated)
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First film directed by Gus Van Sant. See more »

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[first lines]
Walt Curtis: [voice-over narration] Working in the store Sunday all day, I want to drink this Mexican boy Johnny Alonzo from L.A. near Riverside. He makes my heart throb - thumpety, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum - when I see him.
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Morir Por tú Amor
by Ron Swagar
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You drive like you f**k
29 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

There are few gay, or straight, films which fling such disturbed and desperate lead characters into the sparkly gutter like Mala Noche. That summary is trite at best, but to watch this movie is to fall into a film noir which won't give you any love back. Excellent and gobsmackingly short-ish cash register rings of warning. Don't embrace these sickly, nasty characters, but do get enveloped. You can't help it. Everyone sucks, everyone is dirty, nasty, and sadly dreamy. Gus made a gorgeous pile of human stink with this one, and it is completely addictive. Fabulous film. Gus Van Sant may have jumped the shark with some later stuff, but this, boy, this is good. Fans of grit say: Must see.


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