The Fruit Machine 1988
1h 43min | Drama | 17 August 1989 (Australia)
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.
Reminds me of my own youth in similar circumstances and reminds me of the scrapes I got in to with my late best friend, in the late 80s in the North of England. Ignore the stereotypes…sometimes the stereotypes actually exist, you know. Brilliant.
The characters are well drawn and the dream sequences add some mysticism. Whilst the plot is a little crazy its a genuine,sad and heartwarming tragedy, which in view of the lack of a big Hollywood style budget, for me at least, is something that cheap British films excel at. Well done. Its s ashame most of the young actors did not develop their careers, but looking back on such films it only adds to the importance of it for me.
Director: Philip Saville
Writer: Frank Clarke
Stars: Emile Charles, Tony Forsyth, Robert Stephens