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The Fruit Machine (1988)

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

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Philip Saville

Writer:

Frank Clarke
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Charles Emile Charles ... Eddie
Tony Forsyth Tony Forsyth ... Michael
Robert Stephens ... Vincent
Clare Higgins ... Eve
Bruce Payne ... Echo
Robbie Coltrane ... Annabelle
Carsten Norgaard ... Dolphin Man
Kim Christie Kim Christie ... Jean
Louis Emerick ... Billy
Joseph Carrington Joseph Carrington ... Ray
Julie Graham ... Hazel
Paula Ann Bland ... Beverley
Niven Boyd Niven Boyd ... Dave
Claire Parker Claire Parker ... Young Jean
Caroline Milmoe 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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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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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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La donna è mobile
(uncredited)
from "Rigoletto"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Brilliant
4 July 2011 | by markrobnolanSee all my reviews

Reminds me of my own youth in similar circumstances and reminds me of the scrapes I got in to with my late best friend, in the late 80s in the North of England. Ignore the stereotypes...sometimes the stereotypes actually exist, you know. Brilliant.

The characters are well drawn and the dream sequences add some mysticism. Whilst the plot is a little crazy its a genuine,sad and heartwarming tragedy, which in view of the lack of a big Hollywood style budget, for me at least, is something that cheap British films excel at. Well done. Its s ashame most of the young actors did not develop their careers, but looking back on such films it only adds to the importance of it for me.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

17 August 1989 (Australia) See more »

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