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Tony Manero (2008)

TV-MA | | Drama, Music | 28 August 2008 (Chile)
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A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from Saturday Night Fever (1977).

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Pablo Larraín
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Castro ... Raúl Peralta
Amparo Noguera ... Cony
Héctor Morales Héctor Morales ... Goyo
Paola Lattus Paola Lattus ... Pauli
Elsa Poblete ... Wilma
Nicolás Mosso Nicolás Mosso ... Tomás
Enrique Maluenda Enrique Maluenda ... TV host
Marcelo Alonso ... The Rumanian
Antonia Zegers ... TV producer
Diego Medina Diego Medina ... TV producer
Cristián Ordoñez Cristián Ordoñez ... TV security guard
Greta Nilsson Greta Nilsson ... Cinema cashier
Marta Fernández Marta Fernández ... Assaulted old lady
Marcial Tagle Marcial Tagle ... Glass seller
Freddy Huerta Freddy Huerta ... Man with flyers
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Storyline

Raúl, a middle-aged, unemployed man, is obsessed by the character Tony Manero, who John Travolta plays in the film "Saturday Night Fever". He tries to imitate Travolta's impersonation in every detail, to be able to perform the most perfect Tony Manero himself. Raúl lives in a shabby house in Santiago. In a spacious room the landlady Wilma has a simple stage, where Raúl and some other tenants rehearse a show in Tony Moreno style. The young performers Goyo and Pauli are involved in underground activities against the Pinochet regime. Goyo gives some political flyers to a man. Raúl tails the man, and happens to see the secret police shooting him. After a while Raúl returns to the corpse, and steals the man's wristwatch. He goes to a junk dealer, where he swaps the watch for some thick glass bricks. He needs these for the stage floor, to be able to light up the show from beneath, just as in the film. In need of more glass bricks, he kills the junk dealer and steals the bricks. In his new ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

Chile | Brazil

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

28 August 2008 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Тони Манеро See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was shot on Super 16mm and blown-up to 35mm. See more »

Goofs

The "Members Only" jacket worn by Raul wasn't introduced until 1981, and the film takes place in 1978. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [first lines]
Don Enrique: [subtitled version] And now we present our look-alike contest: 'The One O'clock Festival'
Security Guard: Wait here, please.
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Connections

References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Gigolo
Performed by Frequencia Mod
Written by Frank Dostal and Rolf Soja
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You should check this movie out, definitely
30 July 2013 | by richard808-1See all my reviews

This movie isn't for everybody. It's violent and portrays a main character who is uniquely sick, same way that every serial killer who makes the papers is twisted some strange way. But this is a really interesting movie, a little bit too complicated to even sum up successfully, past the bare bones description of the main character obsessing over John Travolta in ONE of his movies (he gets enraged, for example, when he is cajoled into wasting his time watching some OTHER Travolta flick; see what I mean?) But let me just leave you with this: I really didn't get this movie for a couple years, and then I had to deal with a guy in the neighborhood who is a pretty weird guy, very destructive and all that; and you know what? Now I get Tony Manero the movie. Strangely, I also got more of an insight into the art of the movie; that would take a LOT more explanation.


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