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Alive and Kicking (1996)

Indian Summer (original title)
A passionately committed young dancer is forced to re-examine his career and life when faced with death, finding hope through an older man who becomes his lover, mentor and companion.

Director:

Nancy Meckler

Writer:

Martin Sherman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Flemyng ... Tonio
Antony Sher ... Jack
Dorothy Tutin ... Luna
Anthony Higgins ... Ramon
Bill Nighy ... Tristan
Philip Voss ... Duncan
Diane Parish Diane Parish ... Millie
Aiden Waters Aiden Waters ... Vincent
Natalie Roles Natalie Roles ... Catherine
Frederick Stuart ... Luke (as Freddy Douglas)
Kenneth Tharp Kenneth Tharp ... Howard
Michael Keegan-Dolan Michael Keegan-Dolan ... Alan
Ruth Lass Ruth Lass ... Night Nurse
Linda Bassett ... Doctor
Hilary Reynolds Hilary Reynolds ... Nurse
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Storyline

A passionately committed young dancer is forced to re-examine his career and life when faced with death, finding hope through an older man who becomes his lover, mentor and companion. Written by Film Four

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Love is the ultimate kick

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality, and for nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alive and Kicking See more »

Filming Locations:

Aegina, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,322, 27 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$202,167, 21 September 1997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) When the chaps who call them "lousy poofters" go past, when Tonio says 'I am angry', the two chaps turn the corner onto another path by a litter bin, but in the next shot they are still on the same path, with no bin in sight. See more »

Connections

References My Own Private Idaho (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Adored and Explored
by Marc Almond and John Coxon
Performed by Marc Almond
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Love Between Two Men Shown Tenderly
4 September 2001 | by alicecbrSee all my reviews

No queens, no histrionics...other than a deliberate put-on one. Lots of laughs with gays laughing at themselves or, rather, the picture that society would have of them. I had never understood before how men can make love face to face. And the scene between the dyke and the queer (it's OK, they use these words) trying to make love is PRICELESS!!! Talk of forests and lollipops. The boy and girl dancer are really best friends.

What's really poignant is the scene in Greece....was it the Delphi ruins? The timeless beauty of the place, and the definitely known finite-ness of the visitors was a juxtaposition you'll seldom see. As he throws the ashes of 2 AIDS victims out in the beautiful Aegean (?) Sea, the wind blows it back upon them. "I've got Ramon in my eyes" the dancer responds. From the georgeous Grecian landscape back to the burning wrecked cars in a junkyard of London was a GREAT seque.

Judy Tutin has died, which is why I bought this movie. Her line "Don't be sad because you won't grow old." as her self-knowledge about her Altheimer's becomes more obvious, is even more touching.

So, we have a comedy about dancers and AIDS. What other profession has been so struck by this horror?

The lines about living life to its' fullest till you die are tremendously inspiring, and the comedy all around keeps the beautifully shot movie from being doleful. See it with a gay friend...one who dances.


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