Tony Manero (2008)

TV-MA  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amparo Noguera ...
Héctor Morales ...
Paola Lattus ...
Elsa Poblete ...
Nicolás Mosso ...
Enrique Maluenda ...
TV host
The Rumanian
Antonia Zegers ...
TV producer
Diego Medina ...
TV producer
Cristián Ordoñez ...
TV security guard
Greta Nilsson ...
Cinema cashier
Marta Fernández ...
Assaulted old lady
Marcial Tagle ...
Glass seller
Freddy Huerta ...
Man with flyers


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 {}

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Did You Know?


Some clips and tunes from both Saturday Night Fever (1977) and _Grease_ appear in this film, the most prominent song heard is the Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing" from Saturday Night Fever (1977). The final credits acknowledge Paramount Pictures for use of both Grease (1978) and Saturday Night Fever (1977) in this picture. See more »


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


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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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Stayin' Alive
2 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TONY MANERO (dir. Pablo Larraín) The film is set in Chile during the fascist reign of Augusto Pinochet, and focuses on a man who is obsessed with John Travolta's discotheque super-star character in Saturday NIGHT FEVER. This might have been played for laughs, but Pablo Larrain's film is an evil fantasy of disco glory that portrays an obsessive and twisted character who is willing to kill to to fulfill his grotesque vision of acclaim. The frenzied violence in this film is so sudden and inexplicable that it literally takes your breath away. The film seems to present a subtle metaphor that compares the highly stylized nature of disco to the uncompromising fascist posturing of totalitarianism. ABSOLUTE MUST SEE

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