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The Fruit Machine (1988)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 November 1989 (Australia)
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Two gay teenagers go on the run after witnessing a murder.

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Cast

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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Emile Charles is brother of both Craig charles and (late) Dean Charles. See more »

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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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References Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) See more »

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Prelude in E Minor
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Jonathan Starkey
KPM Music Ltd
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A wonderful example of fine British film making.
31 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A beautiful, powerful and very much underrated British gritty gay thriller from the late 80's, released in the UK as The Fruit Machine and in the US as Wonderland. It is passionate, resolute, beautifully directed, filmed and played that I would have thought it would have been higher in the book Top 50 Most Influential Gay Movies of All Time than the ranking it was given.

The Fruit Machine is a wonderful and poignant tale of growing up, it combines the rite of passage, buddy flick with a road movie genres in perfect symmetry and also shoves in a bit of a thriller just for the sake of it. BAFTA winner Philip Saville directs Emile Charles and Tony Forsyth as Eddie and Michael, two gay mates on the very brink of adulthood as they head into the adventure of their lives. These two friends may both be gay but their sexuality is the only thing they seem to have in common. In all other respects, they are as different as the proverbial chalk and cheese, Eddie is soft, gentle, sensitive and fragile. He adores nothing more than watching old classic black and white movies with his mum. Michael is much more streetwise, tough, manly and loves video games.

The story then follows them as they head away from the mean inner city streets and enjoy the wonderful seaside exuberant Brighton! Its so lovely, wonderfully made, easy to view, moving whilst also being funny.

Read more and find out where this film made it in the Top 50 Most Influential Gay Movies of All Time book, search on Amazon for Top 50 Most Influential Gay Movies of All Time, or visit - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007FU7HPO


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