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17 August 1989 (Australia) See more »
Two gay teenagers go on the run after witnessing a murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Emile Charles ... Eddie
Tony Forsyth ... Michael

Robert Stephens ... Vincent

Clare Higgins ... Eve

Bruce Payne ... Echo

Robbie Coltrane ... Annabelle

Carsten Norgaard ... Dolphin Man
Kim Christie ... Jean

Louis Emerick ... Billy
Joseph Carrington ... Ray

Julie Graham ... Hazel
Paula Ann Bland ... Beverley
Niven Boyd ... Dave
Claire Parker ... Young Jean
Caroline Milmoe ... Lillie
Forbes Collins ... John Schlesinger
Malcolm Frederick ... Truck Driver
Albie Woodington ... P.C. - Brighton
James McMartin ... P.C. - Fruit Machine
Paul Netterfield ... D.J. - Fruit Machine
Jason Conliffe ... 1st Lad - Fruit Machine
Mark Birch ... 2nd Lad - Fruit Machine
Anton Brookes ... Thug
Mandy Walsh ... Fat Woman At Party
David Baukham ... Security Man
Liz Stooke ... T.V. Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Hufsey ... Man in poster (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Saville 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Clarke  writer

Produced by
Robin Douet .... co-producer
Steve Morrison .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope 
Film Editing by
Richard Bedford 
Production Design by
David Brockhurst 
Costume Design by
Maggie Hayes 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry Gavigan .... first assistant director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... second assistant director
Art Department
Duncan Wheeler .... production buyer
Sound Department
Tony Jackson .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Diane Pfister .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Janek Sirrs .... digital artist
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Philip Contomichalos .... clapper loader
John Parsons .... gaffer
Mike Valentine .... underwater camera
Mark White .... camera car grip
Casting Department
Chris D'Bray .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gill Horn .... wardrobe assistant
Location Management
Simon McNair Scott .... location manager
Music Department
Al Clay .... score engineer
Al Clay .... score mixer
John Gale .... music advisor
Don Gallacher .... music consultant
Geoff Hogg .... music editor
Iain Rousham .... music advisor
Fiachra Trench .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Bloom .... dolphin trainer
Kate Merrin .... runner
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Libby Roberts .... disco dance advisor

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Also Known As:
"Wonderland" - , USA (video title)
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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Emile Charles is brother of both Craig charles and (late) Dean Charles.See more »
[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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Fruit Machine, A Ride back to the 80's, 13 November 2005
Author: plumbweiss

Filmed in 1988, this film will be a trip down memory lane for those guys who 'came out' in the 1980's, a time when gay clubs played stock-aitken-waterman, were all neon and mirror-balls and a knock-to-enter door policy.

It's a sort of road-movie, as two gay best friends end up on the run after witnessing a murder at their local liverpool gay club, one of them spends his time with his head in the clouds, the other has to secretly hustle men (and women) to earn them money to survive.

If you're a romantic, the film will hit the spot, the two leads are played with a charming naiveté and the villains are pure evil camp. Good music, Robbie Coltrane in a frock, good acting, atmosphere and direction. My only gripe is that my VHS copy combined with what appears to be 16mm cine gives a rather grainy picture.

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