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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
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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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English

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26 January 1996 (UK) See more »

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Tropiko derma See more »

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Coast, Wales, UK See more »

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Romantic film about two outcasts
24 April 2000 | by Teach-7See all my reviews

I bought this on video and found it to be as comforting and reassuring a film as any romantic could wish for.

Two men meet on a beach, in slightly bizarre fashion. A young and rather sad homosexual, Harry, spurned and rejected by the big city gay community, due to a birth-mark the shape of Madagascar on his face. The other - Flint, a weather-worn (and seemingly heterosexual) sea-urchin prone to swallowing mice and spiders (rather gross this!).

They set up house together in a clay cottage by the sea. Initially nothing much happens between them. Harry is attracted to Flint, but fears another rejection.

("I'm going to die alone, and no-one, ever, will have touched me!")

Yet slowly, mutual affection wins the day. In a touching and believable manner, Flint woos Harry and wins him over. Yet, as they are squatters and outcasts in an unfeeling society, there is always the threat of exterior forces ripping open the idyll.

Madagascar skin is a romantic treat. Some may find the symbolic shots of starfish, scuttlefish, crabs (and shoes?) stranded on a beach distracting, while the dream-sequences sometimes disrupt what is basically a straight-forward story. But this is nitpicking. The story of two people finding strength and love in each other's company wins you over in the end.

The message would read, like the title of an old Stephen Stills song: "LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH." And the actors work wonders with their characters. Bernard Hill is excellent as Flint, while John Hannah takes risks with almost every part he plays.

A great film from Channel 4 and the British Film Institute. You'll love it "as long as you're straight!"


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