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Mala Noche (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 June 1987 (West Germany)
A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Streeter ...
Walt
Doug Cooeyate ...
Johnny
Ray Monge ...
Roberto Pepper
Nyla McCarthy ...
Betty
Sam Downey ...
Hotel Clerk
Robert Lee Pitchlynn ...
Drunk Man (as Bob Pitchlynn)
Eric Pedersen ...
Policeman
Marty Christiansen ...
Bar Friend
George Conner ...
Wino (as Bad George Connor)
Don Chambers ...
Himself
Walt Curtis ...
George
Kenny Presler ...
Street Hustler
Conde Benavides ...
Arcade Amigo
Cristo Stoyos ...
Greek Singer
Matt Cooeyate ...
Boxcar Amigo
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A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really strange and undesirable. Written by Cristian Redferne <sage1997@geocities.com>

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If you fuck with the bull, you get the horn

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Bad Night  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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First film directed by Gus Van Sant. See more »

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Walt Curtis: [voice-over narration] Working in the store Sunday all day, I want to drink this Mexican boy Johnny Alonzo from L.A. near Riverside. He makes my heart throb - thumpety, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum - when I see him.
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Morir Por tú Amor
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Mala Noche
23 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Mala Noche': is it just me, or do these words sound beautiful together? As a native Portuguese speaker (English is my second language), it's funny for me to realize that those beautiful-sounding words mean, plainly, "bad night". I guess Gus Van Sant also thought they sounded much nicer in Spanish, and didn't call his debut film "Bad Night".

"Mala Noche" is based on an autobiographical novel by Walt Curtis (played by Tim Streeter), the young manager of a liquor store who falls in love with a Mexican lad (Doug Cooyeate), an illegal immigrant who doesn't speak English. Shot in black-and-white 16MM for only $25,000, the film lacks the wholesomeness of Van Sant's following movies, more notably his masterpiece, "My Own Private Idaho" (1991). The acting varies from mediocre (Streeter) to plain bad (Cooyeate and most of the supporting cast), but in spite of the below par actors and the extremely low budget, Van Sant managed to create some beautiful scenes, already demonstrating his raw sense of street-life poetry. Creighton Lindsay is responsible for a sensitive music score. In spite of its flaws, "Mala Noche" deserves to be seen by those who admire the work of one of the most influential and daring American indie filmmakers. 8/10.


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