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Mala Noche (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 June 1987 (West Germany)
A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really... See full summary »

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Gus Van Sant

Writers:

Walt Curtis (story), Gus Van Sant (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Streeter Tim Streeter ... Walt
Doug Cooeyate Doug Cooeyate ... Johnny
Ray Monge Ray Monge ... Roberto Pepper
Nyla McCarthy Nyla McCarthy ... Betty
Sam Downey Sam Downey ... Hotel Clerk
Robert Lee Pitchlynn Robert Lee Pitchlynn ... Drunk Man (as Bob Pitchlynn)
Eric Pedersen Eric Pedersen ... Policeman
Marty Christiansen Marty Christiansen ... Bar Friend
George Conner George Conner ... Wino (as Bad George Connor)
Don Chambers Don Chambers ... Himself
Walt Curtis Walt Curtis ... George
Kenny Presler Kenny Presler ... Street Hustler
Conde Benavides Conde Benavides ... Arcade Amigo
Cristo Stoyos Cristo Stoyos ... Greek Singer
Matt Cooeyate Matt Cooeyate ... Boxcar Amigo
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Storyline

A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really strange and undesirable. Written by Cristian Redferne <sage1997@geocities.com>

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If you fuck with the bull, you get the horn

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MK2 [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 June 1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First film directed by Gus Van Sant. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Walt Curtis: [voice-over narration] Working in the store Sunday all day, I want to drink this Mexican boy Johnny Alonzo from L.A. near Riverside. He makes my heart throb - thumpety, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum - when I see him.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
By John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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American guy fawns over Mexican guy
22 January 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Mala Noche is kind of "a month in the life of" Walt, played by Tim Streeter, who is fawning over Johnny, (Doug Cooeyate) a Mexican who hangs around Walt's store. It's touching, sad, and frustrating to watch as Walt keeps throwing himself at Johnny, and is constantly rebuffed. Walt, who is the caregiver to just about everyone he meets, spouts life philosophy and seems to enjoy the thrill of the chase in the gritty side of town. At the same time, it's refreshing to see a film from 20 years ago treat gay characters and relationships with respect, and to give them "normal" lines without resorting to stereotypes. Oddly, Ray Monge, who plays Roberto, a friend of Johnny, is the only one has has had more than one or two roles listed in their career, and he has just four roles listed. Some neat little touches, like the bottle on a string that pulls the door closed like a spring, Walt greeting everyone on the street, and the driving lesson gone wrong. Interesting interview with van Sant on the DVD from janus/Criterion, where he explains how it was made from Curtis' story. A little offbeat and rough, but fun to watch.


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