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The Fruit Machine (1988)

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Two gay teenagers go on the run after witnessing a murder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Charles ...
Eddie
Tony Forsyth ...
Michael
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Vincent
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Eve
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Echo
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Annabelle
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Dolphin Man
Kim Christie ...
Jean
Louis Emerick ...
Billy
Joseph Carrington ...
Ray
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Hazel
Paula Ann Bland ...
Beverley
Niven Boyd ...
Dave
Claire Parker ...
Young Jean
Caroline Milmoe ...
Lillie
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The 16 years old gay Eddie runs away from home, where he's constantly harassed by his father. With his friend Michael he witnesses at the gay disco "Fruit Machine" how it's owner is slayed by killer Echo. They run away, but now the killer's after them - however after Eddie visits a dolphin show, he's more concerned about their life than his. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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9 November 1989 (Australia)  »

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Wonderland  »

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[after seeing his buddy, who protests that he is NOT a rent boy get out of a car driven by an older man]
Eddie: Who's he?
Michael: It's, eh, my uncle.
Eddie: Uncle who?
Michael: It's my uncle Dick. Yeah, that's right. My Uncle Dick.
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"You think you're a man"
12 September 2006 | by (Dubai) – See all my reviews

The film "Wonderland" (aka "The FruitMachine") is a surprisingly dippy, imaginative romp involving two gay teenaged boys who happen to witness a gangland murder and are forced to flee Liverpool for Brighton. The film takes many inventive turns, several of which involve Eddie's dream lover, a man-dolphin hybrid who actually appears at crucial moments in the film to save Eddie and his partner, Michael. There are many subplots and colorful supporting characters, and the ending, albeit sad, is inevitable. It's worth it if only for the dance sequence at the Fruit Machine, a gay showbar in Liverpool, in which Michael competes for thirty quid. His dance is both erotic and touchingly naive. Both boys, Emile Charles and Tony Forsyth, should have had big careers in film. Apart from one distracting editing lapse that blunts the finale, this is a superior film, in that it refuses to indulge in stereotyping and doesn't condescend to its lead characters.


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