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Alive & Kicking [DVD] [1997] [US Import] [NTSC]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 19 February 2012
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
on 1 July 2001
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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on 11 October 2013
...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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on 14 August 2013
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
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2011
Was not sure when i ordered this movie, nothing to go by, just taking a chance, but I am glad i did. Yes, it is another aids saga but its not the main story, it's a very modern take on aids and realistic. The cast is well chosen. This is the tipe of movie that had me laughing and crying at times, the humor is excelent and not the "in your face" kind or and after thought
I defnitely reccomend this.
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on 4 November 2014
One of those few movies with a gay theme that are good.
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on 14 December 2014
really bad movie, I wouldn't bother
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2011
When this film was made it would have probably been seen as quite inspiring, showing how people can overcome the tragedy of AIDS. However medical treatment of HIV and AIDS has moved on dramatically since then, and the issues the film raises are now of more historical interest, at least in developed countries.
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