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Tony Manero (2008)

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | 28 August 2008 (Chile)
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A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from Saturday Night Fever (1977).

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Pablo Larraín
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Castro ... Raúl Peralta
Amparo Noguera ... Cony
Héctor Morales Héctor Morales ... Goyo
Paola Lattus Paola Lattus ... Pauli
Elsa Poblete ... Wilma
Nicolás Mosso Nicolás Mosso ... Tomás
Enrique Maluenda Enrique Maluenda ... TV host
Marcelo Alonso ... The Rumanian
Antonia Zegers ... TV producer
Diego Medina Diego Medina ... TV producer
Cristián Ordoñez Cristián Ordoñez ... TV security guard
Greta Nilsson Greta Nilsson ... Cinema cashier
Marta Fernández Marta Fernández ... Assaulted old lady
Marcial Tagle Marcial Tagle ... Glass seller
Freddy Huerta Freddy Huerta ... Man with flyers
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Storyline

Raúl, a middle-aged, unemployed man, is obsessed by the character Tony Manero, who John Travolta plays in the film "Saturday Night Fever". He tries to imitate Travolta's impersonation in every detail, to be able to perform the most perfect Tony Manero himself. Raúl lives in a shabby house in Santiago. In a spacious room the landlady Wilma has a simple stage, where Raúl and some other tenants rehearse a show in Tony Moreno style. The young performers Goyo and Pauli are involved in underground activities against the Pinochet regime. Goyo gives some political flyers to a man. Raúl tails the man, and happens to see the secret police shooting him. After a while Raúl returns to the corpse, and steals the man's wristwatch. He goes to a junk dealer, where he swaps the watch for some thick glass bricks. He needs these for the stage floor, to be able to light up the show from beneath, just as in the film. In need of more glass bricks, he kills the junk dealer and steals the bricks. In his new ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Chile | Brazil

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

28 August 2008 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Тони Манеро See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some clips and tunes from both Saturday Night Fever (1977) and _Grease_ appear in this film, the most prominent song heard is the Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing" from Saturday Night Fever (1977). The final credits acknowledge Paramount Pictures for use of both Grease (1978) and Saturday Night Fever (1977) in this picture. See more »

Goofs

The "Members Only" jacket worn by Raul wasn't introduced until 1981, and the film takes place in 1978. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [first lines]
Don Enrique: [subtitled version] And now we present our look-alike contest: 'The One O'clock Festival'
Security Guard: Wait here, please.
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Connections

Features Grease (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

You Should Be Dancing
Performed by The Bee Gees
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb (as the Gibson brothers)
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Dignity and brutality
1 July 2012 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

For a hit movie, 'Saturday Night Fever' is a surprisingly bleak and serious film; but not quite as dark as 'Tony Manero', a Chilean movie about a criminal whose life dream is to emulate the character played by John Travolta in the earlier film. Both the anti-hero, and the society he lives in (it's the Chile of Augusto Pinochet) are pretty rotten, and the film cuts neither any slack. Indeed, behind the black comedy, this is a portrait of a civilisation on the brink of collapse through a loss of respect for basic human dignity: the fake Manero desperately seeks dignity for himself in his act, but shows no respect for anyone else's. It's compelling, convincing, and yet, as a story, ever so slightly pointless: 'Satruday Night Fever' had its own redemption narrative, and while one can mock this as Hollywood softening, without any such story a film can seem slightly devoid of direction: it's hard to even imagine what a happy ending would have been for 'Tony Manero', so hopeless is the initial premise. It's still a good film; and fundamentally a political one, even though the politics is all implicit.


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