Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gus Van Sant|
|Produced by||Gus Van Sant|
|Screenplay by||Gus Van Sant|
|Based on||Mala Noche: And Other "Illegal" Adventures
by Walt Curtis
|Music by||Creighton Lindsay|
|Edited by||Gus Van Sant|
|Distributed by||Gus Van Sant (1988)
The Criterion Collection (2007)
Mala Noche (also known as Bad Night) is a 1985 American drama film based on Walt Curtis' autobiographical novel. It marked Gus Van Sant's directorial film debut. The film was shot in 16 mm with black-and-white at Portland, Oregon.
The story follows relationship between Walt (Tim Streeter), a gay store clerk, and two younger Mexican boys, Johnny (Doug Cooeyate) and Roberto Pepper (Ray Monge). Walt and his female friend (Nyla McCarthy) convince them to come over for dinner, but Johnny and Pepper have to return to their cheap hotel because another friend is locked out. Walt makes his first pass at Johnny by offering him $15 to sleep with him. Johnny refuses and runs to his hotel room, leaving Roberto locked out with nowhere to spend the night but Walt's. Settling for second best, Walt lies down next to Pepper and allows him on top for sex. However, he does not give up on trying to win over Johnny. The film progresses from there into not always clearly defined relationships, unbalanced by age, language, money, race and sex.
- Tim Streeter as Walt Curtis
- Doug Cooeyate as Johnny
- Ray Monge as Roberto Pepper
- Nyla McCarthy as Betty
- Don Chambers as Himself
- Walt Curtis as George
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19.
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