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The Fruit Machine (1988)

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

Director:

Philip Saville

Writer:

Frank Clarke
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Wonderland See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Summertime Blues
Written by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart
BWD Productions
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
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A sad fairy tale
15 February 1999 | by major-3See 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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