Macho Dancer

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Macho Dancer
Macho dancer poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Written by Amado Lacuesta
Ricardo Lee
Starring Daniel Fernando
Jaclyn Jose
Allan Paule
Release dates
Running time
136 mins
Language Tagalog

Macho Dancer is a 1988 Philippine film, directed Lino Brocka, which explores the harsh realities of a young, poor, rural gay man, who after being dumped by his American boyfriend, is forced to make a living for himself in Manila's seamy red-light district. Based on a true story, the film's frank depiction of homosexuality, prostitution, drag queens and crooked cops, porno movie-making and sexual slavery, and drugs and violence caused the Filipino government censors to order extensive edits of the film, forcing an uncensored edition to be smuggled out of the Philippines and shown to a limited number of international film festivals. This print is now part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York [Images in the Dark: An Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film and Video. 1994. Raymond Murray]


Abandoned by his American lover, a poor, gay teenager from the mountains is forced to support himself and his family by entering into the underground urban world of male strippers, prostitution, illegal drugs, sexual exploitation and slavery, as well police oppression, corruption and murder. His only real friend is a successful call boy, who acts as his mentor.


Year Film Festival/Award Award Category/Recipient
1990 Gawad Urian Awards Best Actor Daniel Fernando
1990 Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress Jacklyn Jose

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