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Encyclopedia > Wonderland (1988 film)
The Fruit Machine, a/k/a Wonderland (USA)

VHS Cover for The Fruit Machine, a/k/a Wonderland (USA)
Directed by Philip Saville
Produced by Steve Morrison
Written by Frank Clarke
Starring Emile Charles
Tony Forsyth
Robert Stephens
Robbie Coltrane
Bruce Payne
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Dick Pope
Editing by Richard Bedford
Distributed by Cannon Films
Vestron Video
Release date(s) 1988
Running time 103 min
Language English
IMDb profile

The Fruit Machine (1988) was known as Wonderland in the United States. Philip Saville (sometimes credited as Philip Savile) (born 1929) is a British television director, active in the genre since the late 1950s. ... Emile Charles, (born, June 28, 1971 in Liverpool, England, UK), is an English actor, best known for playing Eddie in the 1988 British Film The Fruit Machine, a/k/a Wonderland (USA). ... Sir Robert Stephens (July 14, 1931 – November 12, 1995) was a leading actor in the early years of Britains Royal National Theatre. ... Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane, OBE (born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950) is a Scottish actor. ... Bruce Payne as Charles Rane from the film Passenger 57 Bruce Payne (born November 22, 1960 in London, England) is a British actor and producer. ... Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is a German Academy Award-winning composer, best known for composing film scores. ... Golan-Globus produced a distinct line of low-budget action films from 1979 to 1989. ... Vestron Video was a company based in Millford, CT that was active from the early 1980s to mid-1990s. ... // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun...


The Fruit Machine is a British Film thriller directed by Philip Saville (The Gospel of John, Metroland) about two bud gay teens running from an underworld assassin and the police. This was a film made by UK TV company Granada Productions; now known as ITV. Michael Caine in Get Carter (1971). ... Philip Saville (sometimes credited as Philip Savile) (born 1929) is a British television director, active in the genre since the late 1950s. ... The Gospel of John is a 2003 movie that is the story of Jesus life as recounted by the Gospel of John. ... Metroland was a 1997 film with Christian Bale also starring Emily Watson. ... Granada Productions UK is one of Europe’s leading commercial television production and distribution companies. ... It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ...


Starring Tony Forsyth, Emile Charles and Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), in the role of "Annabelle". Emile Charles, (born, June 28, 1971 in Liverpool, England, UK), is an English actor, best known for playing Eddie in the 1988 British Film The Fruit Machine, a/k/a Wonderland (USA). ... Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane, OBE (born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950) is a Scottish actor. ... Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth film in the popular Harry Potter series, begun with the novel by J.K. Rowling. ...

Contents

Overview

Tony Forsyth plays Michael in The Fruit Machine (1998), a/k/a Wonderland (USA).
Tony Forsyth plays Michael in The Fruit Machine (1998), a/k/a Wonderland (USA).

A combination of adventure, road movie and 1980s filmmaking. The film plays out a number of social issues of the time, as seen through the eyes of two British 16-year-olds. One of the teenagers spends a lot of time at the dolphinarium. This is probably the last time footage of the Brighton Dolphinarium and the dolphins was used, before it closed down. Road Movie is a 2002 South Korean film about a love triangle among a woman, a man who loves her, and a gay man who loves him. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... Social issues are matters that can be explained only by factors outside an individual’s control and immediate social environment which affect many individuals in a society. ... Genera See article below. ...


Young star Emile Charles is Craig Charles' younger brother (Dave Lister from Red Dwarf) and guest-starred there as the Young Lister. Symbolism notwithstanding, variations of Bruce Payne's character Echo and his machete appeared on both versions of the film's promotional materials--even though Echo was a non-speaking role. Bruce Payne as Charles Rane from the film Passenger 57 Bruce Payne (born November 22, 1960 in London, England) is a British actor and producer. ...


Soundtrack by early score master Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code, The Lion King). No "official" soundtrack was ever released, but the 20-minute The Fruit Machine Suite appears on Hans Zimmer's CD HANS ZIMMER: The British Years, a sampling of his earlier film work. Divine's songs, popular around the world and on the charts in Britain at the time, were utilized in the disco dance sequence. Soundtrack refers to the recorded sound accompanying a visual medium such as a motion picture, television show, or video game. ... A film score is the music in a film, generally written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is a German Academy Award-winning composer, best known for composing film scores. ... This article is about the film. ... The Lion King is the 32nd animated feature in the Disney animated feature canon, and the third highest-grossing animated feature film ever released in the United States. ... Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is a German Academy Award-winning composer, best known for composing film scores. ... Divine with dogs Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988) was best known for his drag persona, Divine. ...


Though it has a growing cult following, the film has never been released on DVD and both the Laserdisc and VHS versions are out of print. The rising careers of Robbie Coltrane, Philip Saville and Hans Zimmer fuel the mystique of this film. The absence of a DVD release stems, in part, due to the Vestron Video collapse and assorted corporate bankruptcies and mergers. Cult film is a colloquial term for a film that has accrued a highly devoted group of fans. ... DVD (commonly Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by Victor Company of Japan, Limited, aka JVC, and... Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane, OBE (born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950) is a Scottish actor. ... Philip Saville (sometimes credited as Philip Savile) (born 1929) is a British television director, active in the genre since the late 1950s. ... Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is a German Academy Award-winning composer, best known for composing film scores. ... The word charisma (from the Greek word χάρισμα (kharisma), gift or divine favor, from kharizesthai, to favor, from kharis, favor) refers to a rare trait found in certain human personalities usually including extreme charm and a magnetic quality of personality and/or appearance along with innate and powerfully sophisticated personal communicability... Vestron Video was a company based in Millford, CT that was active from the early 1980s to mid-1990s. ...


Synopsis

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Eddie and Michael are best friends on the brink of adulthood. Eddie likes watching old movies on video with his mum. Michael likes video games and the street. They are total opposites that argue like an old married couple. Leaving behind the grim, oppressive reality of Liverpool (In the 1980s unemployment rates in Liverpool were amongst the highest in the UK.), they stumble into the bizarre fantasy world of a transvestite nightclub called The Fruit Machine, run by "Annabelle". There, they witness a brutal gangland murder by Echo that transforms their quest for adventure into a run for their lives. Alone and afraid, yet hopeful, they wind up in Brighton with Vincent and Eve at Wonderland, where their path is strewn with murder, manipulation and deceit. This article is about computer and video games. ... Liverpool is a major city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. ... Liverpool is a major city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. ... For other places with the same name, see Brighton (disambiguation). ...


Featured cast

Michael (Tony Forsyth) and Eddie (Emile Charles) settle into the audience in (and at) The Fruit Machine.
Michael (Tony Forsyth) and Eddie (Emile Charles) settle into the audience in (and at) The Fruit Machine.
Actor Role
Emile Charles Eddie
Tony Forsyth Michael
Robert Stephens Vincent
Robbie Coltrane "Annabelle"
Clare Higgins Eve
Bruce Payne Echo
Carsten Norgaard Dolphin Man
Kim Christie Jean
Louis Emerick Billy
Forbes Collins John Schlesinger

Emile Charles, (born, June 28, 1971 in Liverpool, England, UK), is an English actor, best known for playing Eddie in the 1988 British Film The Fruit Machine, a/k/a Wonderland (USA). ... Emile Charles, (born, June 28, 1971 in Liverpool, England, UK), is an English actor, best known for playing Eddie in the 1988 British Film The Fruit Machine, a/k/a Wonderland (USA). ... Sir Robert Stephens (July 14, 1931 – November 12, 1995) was a leading actor in the early years of Britains Royal National Theatre. ... Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane, OBE (born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950) is a Scottish actor. ... Mary Clare Higgins, Democrat, was elected to her first term as Mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts in November of 1999 and took office in January of 2000. ... Bruce Payne as Charles Rane from the film Passenger 57 Bruce Payne (born November 22, 1960 in London, England) is a British actor and producer. ... Carsten Noorgard, (born 1963, Frederiksberg, Denmark, is an actor, beginning his career playing the enigmatic Dolpin Man in the 1988 film The Fruit Machine (1988), a/k/a Wonderland (USA). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... John Richard Schlesinger (February 16, 1926–July 25, 2003) was a British film director. ...

Memorable quotes

It's...me uncle...Dick. Yeah, that's right. Me Uncle Dick.

Trivia

Sir Robert Stephens (July 14, 1931 – November 12, 1995) was a leading actor in the early years of Britains Royal National Theatre. ... Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, DBE (born 28 December 1934), better known as Dame Maggie Smith, is a two-time Academy Award-winning English film, stage, and television actress. ... The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a novel by Muriel Spark, appearing first in The New Yorker and later published by J. B. Lippincott in 1962. ... A statue of an armoured knight of the Middle Ages For the chess piece, see knight (chess). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  • The New York Times / The Fruit Machine
  • TimeOut London / The Fruit Machine
  • Brighton Lesbian and Gay Switchboard Youth Project / "Are there any good films/videos/dvds I can watch?"
  • Hans Zimmer: The British Years on Soundtrack.net

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