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Macho Dancer (1988)

Abandoned by his American lover, a handsome teenager from the mountains journeys to Manila in an effort to support his family. With a popular call boy as his mentor, Paul enters the ... See full summary »

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Lino Brocka

Writers:

Amado Lacuesta (story & screenplay), Ricardo Lee (story & screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Fernando Daniel Fernando ... Noel
Allan Paule ... Pol
William Lorenzo ... Dennis
Jaclyn Jose ... Bambi
Princess Punzalan ... Pining
Timothy Diwa Timothy Diwa ... Rolly
Angelo Miguel Angelo Miguel ... Jun
Johnny Vicar Johnny Vicar ... Kid
Lucita Soriano Lucita Soriano ... The Mother
Joel Lamangan ... Mother
Bobby Sano Bobby Sano ... Greg
Charlie Catalla Charlie Catalla ... Mama Charlie
Anthony Taylor Anthony Taylor ... The Manager
Tony Mabesa ... Customer 1
Ronald Mendoza Ronald Mendoza ... Customer 2
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Abandoned by his American lover, a handsome teenager from the mountains journeys to Manila in an effort to support his family. With a popular call boy as his mentor, Paul enters the glittering world of male strippers, prostitution, drugs, sexual slavery, police corruption and murder. Teeming with sex and Asian beefcake, Macho Dancer is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy and police corruption rampant under both the Marcos and Aquino regimes. Written by Strand releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | English | Tagalog

Release Date:

18 January 1989 (Philippines) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Boys with no hangs ups
12 July 2005 | by flowerboySee all my reviews

First of all, I was amazed that such a bold film could come out of the Philipines, which I'd always imagined to be a pretty conservative state which would repress a film with so much Young nudity. India has never made such a film, though I have no doubt the story could be Indian too (the difference being that i know of no clubs in Bombay or Delhi or Calcutta which has naked boys dancing on stage - could that really be so common in Manila?). The boys here are of ambiguous sexuality. Are they gay? Or just horny? They seem to do it only with customers and not with each other. And they hang around with girl prostitutes who treat them as "one of us." The main protagonist is actually straight, it turns out, falling in love as he does with a female prostitute. But at the same time, he's perfectly comfortable being a gay rent boy - there's absolutely no angst associated with that and instead there's much bonhomie and fun in the changing room as he teenager prepare to go on stage for their "macho dancing." ! That, I think, was one of the most appealing aspects of this movie.


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