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Flirting (1991)

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Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop of bullying and sadistic teachers Danny strikes up an affair with an African girl, ... See full summary »

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John Duigan

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John Duigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Taylor ... Danny Embling
Thandie Newton ... Thandiwe Adjewa
Nicole Kidman ... Nicola
Bartholomew Rose Bartholomew Rose ... 'Gilby' Fryer
Felix Nobis Felix Nobis ... Jock Blair
Josh Picker Josh Picker ... 'Backa' Bourke
Kiri Paramore Kiri Paramore ... 'Slag' Green
Marc Aden Gray Marc Aden Gray ... Christopher Laidlaw (as Marc Gray)
Gregg Palmer Gregg Palmer ... Colin Proudfoot
Joshua Marshall Joshua Marshall ... 'Cheddar' Fedderson
David Wieland David Wieland ... 'Possum' Piper
Craig Black Craig Black ... 'Pup' Pierdon
Les Hill ... Greg Gilmore (as Leslie Hill)
Jeff Truman ... Mr. Morris Cutts
Marshall Napier ... Mr. Rupert Elloitt
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Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop of bullying and sadistic teachers Danny strikes up an affair with an African girl, Thandiwe, studying at a nearby girl's school. Their affair blossoms while everyone tries to stop it. Nicole Kidman also appears as a sexually repressed senior at Thandiwe's school. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for scenes of teen sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Флирт See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,415,396
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Thandie Newton. NOTE: She co-starred here with Nicole Kidman; she later co-starred with Kidman's ex, Tom Cruise, in Mission: Impossible II (2000). See more »

Quotes

Melissa Miles: Good game.
Danny Embling: Yeah. Three badly injured so far.
Melissa Miles: You don't sound very patriotic.
Danny Embling: No, I'm not. I'm here for anthropological reasons.
Melissa Miles: Huh?
Danny Embling: Football. It's a form of mating ritual. That's why you're here, isn't it?
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Wasps
Written by Ralph Vaughan Williams (as Vaughan-Williams) (G. Schirmer & Co)
Performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Patrick Thomas
Courtesy Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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A Must-see Hidden Jewel!
5 June 2005 | by jparke10See all my reviews

This is Nicole Kidman's first major film role, and she is remarkable. The way she develops her character really has you going. I won't say more except that you'll love her. Taylor and Newton do a fantastic job in their coming-of-age roles. Newton is absolutely beautiful -- I fell in love.

The screenplay has excellent depth and is uproariously funny in parts, enraging, tender and even tear-jerking. It even has an underlying theme with incisive international political insights into events in Africa during the Sixties. Agree with the politics or not, it has a lot to say -- really a thinking man's film.

Some guys may dismiss it as a chick flick, but if so, it's one of the best I've seen. What may surprise many is that it even has one of the best boxing scenes I have witnessed on celluloid. Yes, the story is Kafkaesque in a way, but it is also terribly sweet. Taylor's lead role (Danny) is one of the most original I've seen on film -- the school nerd who is really a poet with more character than the rest of the school combined (including the staff). The entire film is his recollection of events, much of it narrated by him as though he'd written the screenplay.

When I saw it a couple of years ago, I wondered where it had been all my life. This is a must- see hidden jewel like Denzel Washington's "Mississippi Masala." It may not be as hot as MM, but it comes damned close in parts.


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