Actors: Robbie Coltrane, Emile Charles, Tony Forsyth
Director: Philip Saville
From Gay Essential
Released in 1988, The Fruit Machine (Wonderland) follows the adventures and struggles of two homosexual teenage boys who run from home and wind up in a gay nightclub. Written by Frank Clarke, the motion picture was directed by Philip Saville and stars Emile Charles and Tony Forsyth. The film also features Clare Higgins, Bruce Payne and Robert Stephens.
“A loony romantic melodrama about two gay teen-age working-class lads in Liverpool who, like Maria in ”West Side Story,” dream of finding that somewhere, sometime, where they can be happy.”
— The New York Times
“Intercut with a vibrant disco beat, courtesy of Robbie Coltrane’s transalicious turn of nightclub owner Annabelle, this work is not for those who crave only happy endings.”
— Gay Celluloid
“It’s as camp as Christmas, and if it rarely hits the jackpot, playing along with it is wildly enjoyable.”
- Format: PAL, Colour
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Network
- DVD Release Date: 16 July 2007
- Run Time: 103 minutes
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