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Tony Manero (2008)

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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
Marcelo Alonso ...
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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Chile's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. 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 Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) See more »

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Powerful - Sneaks Up On You
8 August 2010 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

THis film sneaks up on you - there is something unsettling and powerful about it. The lead performance is raw, real and sad. This guy is a low street thief who has a circle of whores and other lowlifes around him. It doesn't matter if you know a bit about the horrible regime of General Pinochet who was in power when the film is set - 1978 but the movie is a metaphor for this brutal dictator's control of the country - insane behavior creating insane results. The lead guy is obsessed with Travolta's film Saturday Night Fever - he watches it in a movie theatre endlessly - memorizing the dialogue and all of Travolta's moves and dance steps. A Chile TV Variety show has celebrity look-a-like contests and he was to enter and win the Tony Manero contest - white suit and all. This movie feels like a documentary - and there are moments of calm followed by shocking displays of violence. I can see that this film might not be for everyone but I found it to be incredibly powerful. I disagree with the summary on this page though that describes the guy as a "serial killer" - he is not a serial killer - he just makes sure to get anyone out the way who stands between him and his obsession.

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