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Alive and Kicking (1996)

Indian Summer (original title)
A passionately committed young dancer is forced to re-examine his career and life when faced with death, finding hope through an older man who becomes his lover, mentor and companion.

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Cast

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Tonio
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Jack
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Luna
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Ramon
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Tristan
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Duncan
Diane Parish ...
Millie
Aiden Waters ...
Vincent
Natalie Roles ...
Catherine
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Luke (as Freddy Douglas)
Kenneth Tharp ...
Howard
Michael Keegan-Dolan ...
Alan
Ruth Lass ...
Night Nurse
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Doctor
Hilary Reynolds ...
Nurse
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A passionately committed young dancer is forced to re-examine his career and life when faced with death, finding hope through an older man who becomes his lover, mentor and companion. Written by Film Four

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Love is the ultimate kick

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, and for nudity and language | See all certifications »
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25 July 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,322, 27 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$202,167, 21 September 1997
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(at around 1h 30 mins) When the chaps who call them "lousy poofters" go past, when Tonio says 'I am angry', the two chaps turn the corner onto another path by a litter bin, but in the next shot they are still on the same path, with no bin in sight. See more »

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References My Own Private Idaho (1991) See more »

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Adored and Explored
by Marc Almond and John Coxon
Performed by Marc Almond
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A Masterpiece in Dance and Drama!
22 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Kudos to those bringing this incredible breathtaking film to the public. Director, Nancy Mecker, is one who understands the story, the actors and her audience. She brings this sometimes funny, sometimes awesome movie to a level of intelligence and honesty not often seen in the gay-themed run of the mill flicks. AIDS is certainly an issue here, but not the focal point. It only introduces us to a more in depth understanding as to why some who are stricken with this disease take certain paths of survival. Having lost so many friends and fellow performers to this illness, I am very sensitive of what happens to those stricken. How nice to see strength and courage in this movie. And the dancer, beautifully played by Jason Flemyng, never stops trying to achieve that perfect dance, that place in the sun of perfection. The final dance is probably the finest dancing ever filmed. The second time I saw this film I took a good look at those that were helping the dancers by lifting them. Their eyes spoke their love to the men they held in their arms. It had me weeping and loving and wanting to express my feelings towards someone. As the dancer's lover, Antony Sher was a terrific partner for the ego of Flemyng's character. He certainly wasn't what the typical gay film goer would expect to see. A bit on the chunky side, balding and older, Sher was a joy. And, yes, those ice cream and hot fudge treats made me horny too. What a wonderful understated performance. The two men together were classic. The trip to Greece was perfect for this film, adding yet another level of beauty of the male form in motion. The sex scenes were well played. Just enough but always keeping in mind the characters they were and their needs. I loved this movie so much, I went out and bought it for my collection.


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