Saint Jack was a Hollywood film made in 1979, adapted from an eponymous novel by Paul Theroux. It was shot entirely on location in Singapore. It was banned locally from 1980 to 2006 for portraying Singapore as a hotbed of prostitution and for its nude scenes. It tells the story of Jack Flowers, a pimp in Singapore who tries to make money by setting up his own whorehouse and clashes with Chinese triad members in the process. An interesting segment in the film depicted the conservative Senator (played by one-time James Bond actor George Lazenby), who was gay, picking up a late-teenager named Tony along Orchard Road and bringing him to his hotel room for sex. Tony was bribed by Flowers to secretly leave the door open. Through the slightly ajar door, Flowers snapped photos of the Senator together with Tony who was clad in a towel and who removed it to reveal his completely naked body. The film recorded for posterity that there were rent boys plying their trade along Orchard Road during those days. This could have been related to presence of Le Bistro along Scotts Road and Pebbles Bar at the Hotel Singapura Continental. The movie was allowed to be shown just once during a Singapore Film Festival and is still on the banned list. The Singaporean actor, Edward Tan, who played Tony the rent boy created a first in Singapore gay film history. However, according to the director, Peter Bogdanovich, all the Singaporeans who were given screen roles were not really 'actors' at all, but simply recruited from a casting call. Links: http://sporelgbtpedia.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Saint_Jack_%28the_movie%29
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