Tony Manero Raul (riveting Alfredo Castro), a psychopathic, sourpussed, middle-aged thug in 1970s Chile, becomes obsessed with the disco king immortalized by John Travolta in Saturday Night… Tony Manero Raul (riveting Alfredo Castro), a psychopathic, sourpussed, middle-aged thug in 1970s Chile, becomes obsessed with the disco king immortalized by John Travolta in Saturday Night… 2009-07-03 PT98M Drama Alfredo Castro Paola Lattus
Movie Review

Tony Manero (2009)

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Tony Manero
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Jul 03, 2009; Length: 98 minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Alfredo Castro

Raul (riveting Alfredo Castro), 
a psychopathic, sourpussed, middle-aged thug in 1970s Chile, becomes obsessed with the 
disco king immortalized by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever in Tony Moreno, this expertly queasy-making drama from Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain. Dreaming of 
winning a Tony Manero look-and-dance-alike contest, Raul devotes most of his time to perfecting his act, and the rest of the time wreaking shocking violence. 
Larrain's (literally) dark, edgy movie is a precise artistic commentary on Augusto Pinochet's miserable regime, which was 
under way while Travolta gyrated. B+

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Originally posted Jul 22, 2009 Published in issue #1058 Jul 31, 2009 Order article reprints