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Madagascar Skin (1995)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 26 January 1996 (UK)
This is the story of Harry and Flint, an unlikely couple. Harry is a shy young gay man who can't seem to fit into his local bar scene. Flint is a crusty, older, and seemingly straight man ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Bernard Hill ... Flint
John Hannah ... Harry
Mark Anthony Mark Anthony ... Adonis
Mark Pettitt Mark Pettitt ... Lover
Danny Earl Danny Earl ... Lover
Robin Neath Robin Neath ... Thug
Simon Bennett Simon Bennett ... Thug
Matthew Davies Matthew Davies ... Thug
Alex Hooper Alex Hooper ... Sailor
Alex Symons-Sutcliffe Alex Symons-Sutcliffe ... Little Girl
Virginia Davies Virginia Davies ... Little Girl
Susan Harries Susan Harries ... Black Bikini Woman
George Thomas George Thomas ... Crab Hunter
Sarah Thomas ... Crab Hunter
William Burke William Burke ... Old Man


This is the story of Harry and Flint, an unlikely couple. Harry is a shy young gay man who can't seem to fit into his local bar scene. Flint is a crusty, older, and seemingly straight man with a questionable background. They meet on a gorgeous coastline, and evolve from distrust to deep love. Written by Iliana Filby <if@heaven.net>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

26 January 1996 (UK) See more »

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Piel de Madagascar See more »

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Coast, Wales, UK See more »

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Harry: Never trust rabbit shit.
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I liked it. I really really liked it
28 June 2007 | by ekebySee all my reviews

What a surprise this movie was. I had no idea what to expect, and the Netflix summary didn't prepare me one whit.

Maybe not having expectations helped. I see that other reviewers are put off by the artfulness of the film. That's just what I liked. It's very filmic, full of interesting photography and nonlinear storytelling. Well, sort of nonlinear. The plot, such as it is, follows the development of a relationship between two social misfits.

I completely bought the John Hannah characterization of a gay man who's suffered lifelong alienation because of an enormous port wine stain on his face. I believed that the birthmark and being homosexual could have resulted in a character like Harry. I didn't quite understand if he always lived on the fringes, or if, at the point we meet him, he had just given up trying to fit into society. Not that it mattered. The lack of clarity gave "value added" as far as I'm concerned.

The performances are excellent. The story is compelling and somewhat mysterious. The photography is inventive and evocative. In short, Madagascar Skin has everything I like to see in a film. That it had gay content made it all the better for me. I'm putting this film in my top ten gay movies list.

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