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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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Wonderland  »

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

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Running Wild
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Written by A.H. Gibbs, Leo Wood and Joe Grey
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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.


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