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Alive and Kicking (1996)

Indian Summer (original title)
A passionately committed young dancer is forced to re-examine his career and life when faced with death, finding hope through an older man who becomes his lover, mentor and companion.


Nancy Meckler


Martin Sherman
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Flemyng ... Tonio
Antony Sher ... Jack
Dorothy Tutin ... Luna
Anthony Higgins ... Ramon
Bill Nighy ... Tristan
Philip Voss ... Duncan
Diane Parish Diane Parish ... Millie
Aiden Waters Aiden Waters ... Vincent
Natalie Roles Natalie Roles ... Catherine
Frederick Stuart ... Luke (as Freddy Douglas)
Kenneth Tharp Kenneth Tharp ... Howard
Michael Keegan-Dolan Michael Keegan-Dolan ... Alan
Ruth Lass Ruth Lass ... Night Nurse
Linda Bassett ... Doctor
Hilary Reynolds Hilary Reynolds ... Nurse


A passionately committed young dancer is forced to re-examine his career and life when faced with death, finding hope through an older man who becomes his lover, mentor and companion. Written by Film Four

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Love is the ultimate kick


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality, and for nudity and language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alive and Kicking See more »

Filming Locations:

Aegina, Greece See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,322, 27 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$202,167, 21 September 1997
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 1h 30 mins) When the chaps who call them "lousy poofters" go past, when Tonio says 'I am angry', the two chaps turn the corner onto another path by a litter bin, but in the next shot they are still on the same path, with no bin in sight. See more »


References My Own Private Idaho (1991) See more »


Adored and Explored
by Marc Almond and John Coxon
Performed by Marc Almond
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The actors were real and vibrant!
28 March 2002 | by yaaah_69See all my reviews

One thing I look for in a gay based movie is whether the actors either gay or straight, can give a realistic performance. Jason Flayming and Antony Sher gave a convincing dialog, and romantic scene, after scene. All the actors were good and the dance sequences were outstanding, (and I don't like ballet) .

The ending dance is very sexy and the cast really seemed caught-up in the dream-like-naked-torso-writhing and really enjoyed themselves.

The fact that this was about aids and people dying could have smothered the whole movie, but, it didn't dwell on the morbid, rather it gave everyone hope to carry -on with their lives.

Jack knew that if Tonio was not dying, he would not have given him a chance at the romance they have. And Tonio knows that there is a certain infatuation that Jack has for the fact that Tonio is dying.

They have their spats and both men need extra room now an then. Jack from the everyday dealings with aids patients (he is a therapist) to Tonio's hurting, aching body and the pressure to perform one last show.

I got wrapped-up in these characters and was able to have genuine feelings for them. I saw this on VHS and I understand it is available on DVD which I will add to my collection. ciao yaaah69

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