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Product details

  • Actors: Jason Flemyng, Bill Nighy
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PJ6W3C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,870 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Alive & Kicking is a lively romance between unlikely lovers--Tonio (Jason Flemyng), a narcissistic dancer pushing his body to artistic perfection, and Jack (Antony Sher), a therapist whose mind is mover agile than his body. This mismatched pair stumble along the rocky path of commitment in a poignant, often hilarious, always believable portrayal of gay courtship in the new "Swinging London."

Alive & Kicking
is the first screenplay by noted playwright Martin Sherman ("Bent") and the second feature to be directed by Nancy Meckler whose debut film Sister My Sister won critical acclaim around the world.

Synopsis

A passionately committed young dancer is forced to re-examine his career and life when faced with death, finding hope through an older man who becomes his lover, mentor and companion.

A powerful and often comic English film which tells the story of Tonio, an attractive and accomplished young dancer who loses his lover to AIDS. When he discovers he has the disease himself, he goes to see a therapist, who is himself angry and alcoholic. Patient and therapist then embark on an affair, helping each other cope with life's difficulties.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
Jason Flemyng gives an excellent performance as the dancer, not being afraid to show the rough edges of a character who is brave but not always easy for others. It is this sense of not trying to prettify that makes Alive and Kicking so affecting; the script is sharp with a theatrical edge as you might expect from Martin Sherman, and Flemyng is ably offset by Anthony Sher who provides a wonderful foil to him - their partnership is very convincing and gradually you find yourself very moved by what is going on. An unexpected pleasure is given by Dorothy Tutin's ballet company figurehead who is suffering from Alzheimer's, probably, and manages to have pathos and add a certain humour with her remarks - this might sound as if it would be in dubious taste but amazingly it isn't and her dignity remains absolutely intact. In fact her last lines are so stunningly moving they brought tears to my eyes just in a couple of fleeting moments. Really this is a film that digs deeply into the heart of things, and the Flemyng/Sher scenes are fantastic. It is one of the best films from the 90s, I think, and I'm so glad to have it belatedly on DVD.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Halkin on 1 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Jason Flemyng's best role to date. The film is gripping, poignent and visually beautiful. OK, yet another film about dealing with AIDS, but it's more than just that...it's much more about overcoming obsticals in life. If the dance sequence at the end doesn't get you crying, then you really should have your pipes checked. Keep an eye out for Flemyng's dance partner, Aiden Waters, he's wonderful. Does anyone know what eles he's been in?
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...still an engaging drama. There are other films that handle the subject more informatively, but this had a storyline thatwill engage all fans of classical dance.
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By V M Hill on 14 Aug. 2013
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Strong story and strong cast made this a movie worth watching. A firm reminder of what HIV used to be and what it can be again if not looked after properly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Shaw on 29 May 2011
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film, which is quite an emotional rollercoaster. It does feel a little bit dated now but is still a well informed and honest movie.
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