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Head On (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 August 1998 (Australia)
A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ari
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Sean
Elena Mandalis ...
Betty
Tony Nikolakopoulos ...
Dimitri
Damien Fotiou ...
Joe
Eugenia Fragos ...
Sophia
Chris Kaglaros ...
Groom (as Chris Kagiaros)
Dora Kaskanis ...
Dina
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Tasia
Alex Papps ...
Peter
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Vassili (as Vassili Zappa)
Andrea Mandalis ...
Alex
Ourania Sideropoulos ...
Bride
Anthony Lyritzis ...
Boy in Car
Ana Gonzalez ...
Woman Sweeping
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Storyline

Nineteen-year-old Ari confronts both his sexuality and his Greek family. Ari despises his once-beloved parents, former radical activists, for having entombed themselves in insular tradition. Ari is obsessed with gay sex, although he does make an unenthusiastic attempt to satisfy the sister of one of his best friends. While all of this is going on, he's facing problems with his traditional Greek parents, who have no clue about his sexual activities. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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full on - all night - come on

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

13 August 1998 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,224 (USA) (13 August 1999)

Gross:

$378,667 (USA) (5 May 2000)
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Goofs

In a sex scene between Aria and Dina, the actress' sweater is buttoned closed but her body double's sweater is fully open. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ari: They tell you that God is dead but, man, they still want you to have a purpose. They say look at your parents: hard-working migrants, work two jobs, struggle all your life, buy your kids a house... there, that's purpose. They tell you to be a doctor, a teacher, be creative, do something, believe in something, believe in family and the future, save the world, believe in love, but, fuck it, I'm no scholar, I'm no worker, I'm no poet.
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Referenced in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Fige ke ase me
(Go Away and Leave Me)
by Panagiotis Gavalas, Konstandinos Virvos, Anastasios Koulouris
Performed by Orchestra Stefanakis and the haBiBis
lead singer: Jim Kavvadas
keyboards: Evangelos Kirkopoulos
drums: George Kirkopoulos
clarinet: Steven Kirkopoulos
bouzouki: Vasilios Gheorgopoulos
bass: Irine Vela
guitar: Mulaim Vela
drums: Zois Tsika
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Superb Sleeper from Down Under
17 October 2001 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Wow! What a powerful film! I have seen it twice and am amazed at the grip it holds on the viewer. The cast performs brilliantly. The themes are difficult and honest--our hero (who really is an anti-hero) recognizes his faults but cannot overcome them. No comic book, Hollywood film this! It is brutally honest with all its characters and so rich in acting and Greek music that I must say it ranks as one of the finest films I have seen in the past 10 years. Yes, the ending is sad, tragic, but real. Four stars for this excellent effort.


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