Novelist-scripter Anthony C. Winkler turns a colorful phrase but billboards all his themes unsubtly in this Jamaican-lensed tale of an innocent black lad Aloysius (Paul Campbell in a winning interpretation) who talks to flora and fauna. Everyone brands him a lunatic, but visiting German photographer Inga (British thesp Julie T. Wallace) makes him her love slave. Soon a menage a trois is set up when she takes a fancy to a butcher (Carl Bradshaw).

Novelist-scripter Anthony C. Winkler turns a colorful phrase but billboards all his themes unsubtly in this Jamaican-lensed tale of an innocent black lad Aloysius (Paul Campbell in a winning interpretation) who talks to flora and fauna. Everyone brands him a lunatic, but visiting German photographer Inga (British thesp Julie T. Wallace) makes him her love slave. Soon a menage a trois is set up when she takes a fancy to a butcher (Carl Bradshaw).

Debuting director Lol Creme, who has made many music vids with Kevin Godley, fails to keep a lid on pic’s cuteness. Best efforts here are by Campbell as the naive hero and Reggie Carter as an oddly sympathetic major domo. Surprise is that the booming voice of Campbell’s best friend, a tree, is provided by Carter as well.

The Lunatic

Production

Island. Director Lol Creme; Producer Paul Heller, John Pringle; Screenplay Anthony C. Winkler; Camera Richard Greatrex; Editor Michael Connell; Music Wally Badarou; Art Director Giorgio Ferrari

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Julie T. Wallace Paul Campbell Reggie Carter Carl Bradshaw Winston Stona Linda Gambrill

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