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Tony Manero

by Sarah Cox
Issue No. 2147

Alfredo Castro as Raul

Alfredo Castro as Raul

Tony Manero is a film set in Chile’s capital city Santiago in 1978 – during the brutal dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

Raul, the film’s central character, embodies many of the regime’s traits. He is gratuitously violent, macho, pitiless – and impotent.

He is also obsessed with Tony Manero, John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever.

Raul and a small group of other dancers put on regular performances recreating the film in a bar on Santiago’s outskirts.

His hopes of breaking into showbusiness are raised when a local TV station announces a Tony Manero lookalike contest.

But in the pursuit of his obsession Raul gets drawn into a series of murderous acts and betrayals.

Tony Manero
directed by Pablo Larrain
film on general release

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Tue 14 Apr 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2147
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