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The Fruit Machine (1988)

Two gay teenagers go on the run after witnessing a murder.

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Philip Saville

Writer:

Frank Clarke
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Charles Emile Charles ... Eddie
Tony Forsyth Tony Forsyth ... Michael
Robert Stephens ... Vincent
Clare Higgins ... Eve
Bruce Payne ... Echo
Robbie Coltrane ... Annabelle
Carsten Norgaard ... Dolphin Man
Kim Christie Kim Christie ... Jean
Louis Emerick ... Billy
Joseph Carrington Joseph Carrington ... Ray
Julie Graham ... Hazel
Paula Ann Bland ... Beverley
Niven Boyd Niven Boyd ... Dave
Claire Parker Claire Parker ... Young Jean
Caroline Milmoe Caroline Milmoe ... Lillie
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Storyline

The 16 years old gay Eddie runs away from home, where he's constantly harassed by his father. With his friend Michael he witnesses at the gay disco "Fruit Machine" how it's owner is slayed by killer Echo. They run away, but now the killer's after them - however after Eddie visits a dolphin show, he's more concerned about their life than his. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Wonderland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Emile Charles is brother of both Craig charles and (late) Dean Charles. See more »

Quotes

[after seeing his buddy, who protests that he is NOT a rent boy get out of a car driven by an older man]
Eddie: Who's he?
Michael: It's, eh, my uncle.
Eddie: Uncle who?
Michael: It's my uncle Dick. Yeah, that's right. My Uncle Dick.
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Central Park
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Music by Adriana Bilardo
Primrose Music Ltd
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The Fruit Machine, A Ride back to the 80's
13 November 2005 | by plumbweissSee all my reviews

Filmed in 1988, this film will be a trip down memory lane for those guys who 'came out' in the 1980's, a time when gay clubs played stock-aitken-waterman, were all neon and mirror-balls and a knock-to-enter door policy.

It's a sort of road-movie, as two gay best friends end up on the run after witnessing a murder at their local liverpool gay club, one of them spends his time with his head in the clouds, the other has to secretly hustle men (and women) to earn them money to survive.

If you're a romantic, the film will hit the spot, the two leads are played with a charming naiveté and the villains are pure evil camp. Good music, Robbie Coltrane in a frock, good acting, atmosphere and direction. My only gripe is that my VHS copy combined with what appears to be 16mm cine gives a rather grainy picture.


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