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Mala Noche (1986)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  19 June 1987 (West Germany)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Streeter ...
Walt
Doug Cooeyate ...
Johnny
Ray Monge ...
Roberto Pepper
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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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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Gus van Sant's first feature film
15 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No budget film about a young man heavily attracted to some Mexican teenagers in Portland OR in 1977.

The film is in black & white, the sound is (at times) incomprehensible and some of the acting is pretty bad. Also it has more than it's share of boring moments and no real ending. Still, it sticks with you.

I originally saw the film in 1990 at a film festival. I was very impressed but it wasn't available in any form. A lot of the scenes were still fresh in my mind and the acting by Tim Streeter was superb. It was until this year (2002), that I was able to see it again and that's only because the director allowed his own private print to be shown.

I still liked it a lot, but I had forgotten how bad the actors playing Mexicans were, and that there was really no ending. Still, the direction is great (very impressive considering the lack of budget) and , when it worked, it was fascinating. However it is very bleak and the subject matter may bother some people. Well worth catching...if you can.


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