Tony Manero

Directed by Pablo Larrain

Release Year: 2008
Running Time: 98
Color Type: Color
Country: Chile
Language: Spanish w/ English Subtitles [audio]
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Screening Info
Cast
Elsa Poblete
Hector Morales
Amparo Noguera
Alfredo Castro

Crew
Cinematographer Sergio Armstrong
Art Director Polin Garbisu
Produced by Juan de Dios Larrain
Directed by Pablo Larrain

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Raul Peralta, a middle-aged criminal in 1970's Chile, is obsessed the idea of impersonating Tony Manero, John Travolta's character in Saturday Night Fever. Every Saturday night, he unleashes his passion for the film's music by imitating his idol and leading a small group of dancers as they perform at a bar in the outskirts of the city. His dream of being recognized as a successful showbiz star is about to become a reality when a Tony Manero impersonating contest is announced on national television. However, his obsession to reproduce his idol's likeness and perfect his act drives him to commit a series of violent crimes and thefts, leading to shocking violence and murder.

Set during the tough social context of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, Tony Manero is an award winning thriller that Entertainment Weekly calls, "a dark, edgy movie."

Educational Reviews

*** Recommended Video Librarian

Critical Acclaim

"An indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie." - The New York Times

"Marvelously unhinged study of pop culture obsession." - The Village Voice

"Tough, impassive, marvelous" - Time Out London

"Continually intrigues" - Variety

Awards

  • Best Film Istanbul International Film Festival
    Official Selection Cannes Film Festival

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