6.6/10
349
10 user 5 critic

The Fruit Machine (1988)

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

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story concerns a hapless civil servant who gets more than he bargained for when he moves into an apartment with a gay fashion student and finds himself on the catwalk. The film sets out... See full summary »

Director: David Gleeson
Stars: Michael Legge, Allen Leech, Amy Shiels
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At the suggestion of a straight friend, gay man Leo joins a men's group, where he causes some upsets by declaring his attraction to one of its members.

Director: Rose Troche
Stars: Kevin McKidd, Julie Graham, Simon Callow
Caged (2013)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

How would you react if you discovered your best friend is gay?

Directors: Dylan Tonk, Lazlo Tonk
Stars: Joël Mellenberg, Josha Stradowski, Yldau de Boer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP tells of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclassman who is the object of his desire. All set in the rigid atmosphere of a Jesuit run... See full summary »

Director: Jean Delannoy
Stars: Francis Lacombrade, Didier Haudepin, François Leccia
A World Apart (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Menges
Stars: Barbara Hershey, David Suchet, Jodhi May
Biography | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
Calendar Girl (1993)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Three young men go on an end of the summer trip to Hollywood, CA. Their quest: to fulfill the fantasy of meeting Marilyn Monroe.

Director: John Whitesell
Stars: Jason Priestley, Gabriel Olds, Jerry O'Connell
Action | Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Scientists poison the water supply of a small town, turning the residents into homicidal maniacs who kill each other and anybody who passes through.

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, George Kennedy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Poland is under communist rule. An exiled Polish theater director is in England, enthusiastically preparing an abstract play which will criticize the authoritarian Polish government. His sons might not share his political views, though.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Stars: Michael York, Joanna Szczerbic, Michal Skolimowski
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This symbol-filled story, filmed with sensuous detail and nuance, is set in Austria in the 1920s. While being treated for asthma at a country spa, an American diplomat's lonely 12-year-old ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Birkin
Stars: David Eberts, Faye Dunaway, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Eugenia is a former pop singer who is bedridden and dying of cancer. Her 19 year old daughter Helena dreams of traveling the world and learns foreign languages at home and wishes she could ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Franco Alba
Stars: Irene Azuela, Ángel Onésimo Nevares, Claudette Maillé
Beauty (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Portrait of a closeted gay husband/father living a life of quiet middle-aged desperation who becomes fixated on a friend's handsome collegiate son, leading to an incident.

Director: Oliver Hermanus
Stars: Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan, Michelle Scott
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Charles ...
Eddie
Tony Forsyth ...
Michael
...
Vincent
...
Eve
...
Echo
...
Annabelle
...
Dolphin Man
Kim Christie ...
Jean
Louis Emerick ...
Billy
Joseph Carrington ...
Ray
...
Hazel
Paula Ann Bland ...
Beverley
Niven Boyd ...
Dave
Claire Parker ...
Young Jean
Caroline Milmoe ...
Lillie
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 August 1989 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Wonderland  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Male Stripper
Performed by Paul Zone
Recca Productions
Published by Passion Music
(specially dedicated to Miki Zone)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A sad fairy tale
15 February 1999 | by (Baden, Austria) – See all my reviews

Do you remember the line "I depend on the kindness of strangers"? Well, of course it is from Tennessee Williams‚ "A Streetcar Named Desire‘, and sums up the meaning of the whole play. As it does sum up the meaning of this film. It's about the fight of imagination and reality – and again reality wins. Or so it seems.

If this film has any flaw it's the crime story woven around its center. The gay-hating killer seems an overused cliché nowadays but at the time of the film's production it was probably more than a symbol.

Nevertheless, the film moves – at least me – even a decade after it was made. If not a masterpiece, at least a very, very good film.


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hans Zimmer's Score funnyguyla
Marketing Today Blondfashionisto
When Does the North American DVD Come Out? sf_fred
So touching...Fondly remembered Blondfashionisto
called WONDERLAND when released on VHS in USA kow789
Discuss The Fruit Machine (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?