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Macho Dancer

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Paul is a rural Filipino who travels to Manila after his gay American GI lover leaves the Philippines. He takes a job as a dancer but quickly becomes a male prostitute in order to survive. The seamy, squalid barrio is overseen by the violent, corrupt cop known as "The Kid." Paul and his roommate Noel short change The Kid on some drug money in hopes of rescuing Paul's sister from the brothel. Bambi is a pretty prostitute who helps the duo and provides Paul with his first heterosexual experience. She saves Paul from a savage beating by The Kid. The feature contains nudity and several homosexual encounters. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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  • Actors: Daniel Fernando, Allan Paule, William Lorenzo, Jaclyn Jose, Princess Punzalan
  • Directors: Lino Brocka
  • Writers: Amado Lacuesta, Ricardo Lee
  • Producers: Boy C. De Guia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Tagalog
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KCB7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2002
Format: DVD
Like the later and much glossier MIDNIGHT DANCERS, MACHO DANCER depicts the lives of male prostitutes in Manilla; unlike MIDNIGHT DANCERS, however, it is considerably more gritty and disquieting. The story concerns Pol (Alan Paule), a young man in the Manillian provinces who has drifted into prostitution with an American G.I. in order to help support his impoverished family. When his patron finishes his tour of duty, Pol's friend Greg (Bobby Sano) urges him to try his luck in Manilla.
Once in Manilla, Pol becomes a "Macho Dancer," working as a preformer and prostitute at a police protected club in the tourist belt--and becomes friends with fellow club worker Noel (Daniel Fernando) and upscale call-girl Bambi (Jacklyn Jose.) Although we realize they are motivated by poverty and lack of other skills (time and again the characters simply state "I was hungry"), the film paints itself in extremely tantalizing, erotic colors--and much more explicitly so than MIDNIGHT DANCERS--but as the story progresses the eroticism of the film seques into an extremely dark story of the foundations of the sex-trade: youth, poverty, hunger, and a corrupt police and economic system that preys on all three. By the film's conclusion one feels extremely guilty for having, perhaps, salivated a bit over the boys and girls--for it is precisely that reaction that creates the marketplace which so brutally preys upon them.
The youthful cast members are extraordinarly beautiful, casual with their nudity and behavior before the cameras, and surprisingly talented in their ability to convey both the beauty that makes them so sensual and the dark, dangerous world through which they scramble.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Libretio on February 26, 2004
Format: DVD

(Philippines - 1988)

Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

Deserted by his American lover, a naive country boy (Alan Paule) seeks his fortune in Manila, where he's drawn into a world of erotic dancing, prostitution and drug running, leading to betrayal and murder.

Combining elements of melodrama and social commentary, MACHO DANCER marks a return to the subject of male prostitution which highlighted director Lino Brocka's most famous - and controversial - film, MANILA: IN THE CLAWS OF NEON (1975). Ever the political activist, Brocka paints a picture of the Filippino sex industry as a dangerous arena, fuelled by drugs and police corruption, where innocents must compromise their virtue in an effort to stay alive. The densely plotted screenplay (co-written by Ricardo Lee and Amato Lacuesta) is filmed with genuine gusto, though the plot is a little too familiar for comfort (see also MIDNIGHT DANCERS and BURLESK KING, both directed by Mel Chionglo).

As the gullible waif who struggles to keep his head while all around him are succumbing to the worst excesses of their unhappy lifestyle, Paule - a non-actor whose lack of charisma is painfully obvious throughout - makes no impression at all. More successful is ultra-sexy Daniel Fernando (star of Peque Gallaga's influentual erotic drama SCORPIO NIGHTS [1985]) as a veteran 'macho dancer' whose association with a crooked police officer (Johnny Vicar) results in tragedy and horror, and Jacklyn Jose (YOUR WIFE, MY WIFE) as the sterotypical 'tart with a heart' who succumbs to Paule's dubious charms (yes, another 'gay' film in which the leading man falls for his leading lady!).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2002
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I've been wanting to get this movie since reading a rather breathless review on Planet Out a couple of years ago.
It's a better movie than I expected, but you should know it's not a gay love story. Our hero, Pol, played by Alan Paule, is determinedly hetero but turns to hustling to raise money for his impoverished family. To this end, he goes to Manila and becomes a male (macho) dancer in a sex club. You may make of that what you will, the film, is non-judgmental. Pol maintains a certain detachment from his chosen craft; the cover art for the CD is taken from the one scene in which he genuinely seems to enjoy being erotic with another guy and Pol's lovemaking scene with Bambi, a cute, sassy young female Philippino in the same situation, is the hottest scene in the movie.
There's only one character in the film who appears to have homo-erotic tendencies, Noel, played by Daniel Fernando, and he ends up tragically. His was the more interesting and attractive character to me. There's only one gay kiss that isn't just for the sake of the show at the sex club and Pol is genuinely surprised that Noel would kiss him on the lips other than when they're on stage.
There is a lot of simulated eroticism and near total male nudity, even a little total male nudity (one brief scene in which a bunch of the dancers are on stage masturbating - shot from across the room, not close up) and a lot of simulated sex acts. Pol is pretty good at undulating and gyrating in a g-string; Noel is even better.
Maybe as much as a third of the movie consists of these scenes of male dancers, serving as backdrop for a morality tale involving Pol and Noel and Noel's sister in which the heavy is the police official who "protects" this aspect of Philippino society.
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