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Alive and Kicking

Director: Nancy Meckler
Writer: Martin Sherman
Director of Photography:Chris Seager
Editor:Rodney Holland
Music:Peter Salem
Production Designer:Cecilia Brereton
Producer:Martin Pope
First Look Pictures; R; 100 minutes
Release:7/97
Cast:Jason Flemyng, Antony Sher, Dorothy Tutin, Philip Voss and Diane Parish

Alive and Kicking boasts the most intense, sharply drawn characters in recent memory. The heartfelt performances of Sher and Flemyng fuel the passion that burns in Sherman's script. The film examines the complicated relationship of dancer Tonio (Flemyng) and psychotherapist Jack (Sher). Tonio's an HIV-positive, moody artist who refuses treatment as long as he can still dance. Jack counsels HIV-positive patients and has begun to show signs that the job is wearing on him. The film's stature stems from its painfully honest portrayal of the stormy relationship. Few films go to the emotional depths that Alive and Kicking explores.


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