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Alive and Kicking (1997)

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A dancer whose life and art were integrally connected to his body finds himself going through profound changes when he discovers that he has AIDS. Tonio (Jason Flemyng) recently inherited a plum role in the ballet Indian Summer from his friend Ramon (Anthony Higgins), who recently passed on from AIDS-related illnesses. Tonio, however, refuses all treatments that might interfere with his dancing abilities, determined that if he's going out, he's going out on his feet, doing what he loves most. Tonio meets Jack (Anthony Sher) at Ramon's funeral, and they later cross paths again at a gay dance club. Jack was once Ramon's lover and is about as different from Tonio as two people could be; while Tonio has the trim, athletic build of a dancer, Jack is a stocky guy who looks like he spends most of his day sitting down -- which he does, actually, as a counselor for HIV-positive patients. Jack becomes infatuated with Tonio and tries to win him over, although a healthier Tonio would never have given a second look to someone who lacks his obsession with the body. Indian Summer was written by Martin Sherman, best known for his play Bent; the film has also been shown under the title Alive and Kicking.

Cast

Bill Nighy
as Tristan
Aiden Waters
as Vincent
Natalie Roles
as Catherine
Ruth Lass
as Night Nurse
David Ashton
as Paris Mourner
Annabel Leventon
as Paris Mourner
David Phelan
as Mourner
Ian Abbey
as T-Shirt Man
John Baxter
as Man at Bar
Jason Cheater
as Smoking Man
Mary Cruickshank
as Woman at Party
Allan Corduner
as Therapist at Party
Richard Hope
as Karaoke Doctor
Martin Sherman
as Man at Pub
Sakuntala Ramanee
as Hospital Doctor
Frank Boyce
as Man in Park
Frank Bock
as Dancer
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Audience Reviews for Alive and Kicking

An UK film made in the era under the shadow of AIDS epidemic. Apart from Jason Flemyng's occasionally over the top acting, it was still a positive & optimistic flick in the same genre.

WS Wu
WS Wu

It was good. I might watch it again if it was on tv, but no rent it. Its something good to watch one day.

Ms. Southern Lady
Ms. Southern Lady
½

A more-than-watchable cliche. The happy paradox of ``Alive & Kicking'' is that it portrays the depth of our loss from the AIDS epidemic and still remains a persuasive advocate for hope.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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