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A Very Natural Thing (1974)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  26 June 1974 (USA)
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A poignant romantic drama examines the life of gay 26 year old, ex-monk, school teacher living in Manhattan. When he meets a man at a gay bar, they connect and are soon living together. Unfortunately their views on monogamy don't match.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert McLane ...
David (as Robert Joel)
Curt Gareth ...
Bo White ...
Anthony McKay ...
Gary, the Roommate
Marilyn Meyers ...
Valerie, his Fiance
Jay Pierce ...
Barnaby Rudge ...
A. Bailey Chapin ...
Scott Eisman ...
Michael Kell ...
Boating Family
Sheila Rock ...
Boating Family
Linda Weitz ...
Boating Family
Robert Grillo ...
Howard Blakey ...
Charles (as Kurt Brandt)
George Diaz ...


When David, an ex-monk still in his twenties meets Mark, he falls hard; soon he's asked Mark if they can live together. Things go well for awhile, and then differences in their definition of "commitment" begin to push them apart. Mark wants other sexual adventures, David tries to go along. Can they talk through the crisis in their relationship or is a breakup in the offing? David sees his relationship with Mark as a marriage, so if it ends, can David's heart ever heal? Written by <>

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David and Jason's relationship... it's the same only different.


Drama | Romance






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Coincidentally, Vito Russo, appears in A Very Natural Thing in a bit part, was the writer of the book, The Celluloid Closet (1995), which was made into an award-winning documentary, of the same name, in 1995, which was seven years and five years, respectively, after the deaths of 'Christopher Larkin (I) and Vito Russo. See more »


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A film of great and simple beauty
13 April 2008 | by (St. Petersburg, Florida) – See all my reviews

I no longer live in Florida, having decided to move to California after the death of my long-time companion/partner -- a life altering event. Having never heard about or seen this movie before, I wish Bill could have viewed this film before he left me! We were pre-Stonewall (I am now in my 80's)and, in fact, living just around the corner from The Stonewall in the NYC Village on the night of that famous explosive event -- another life altering event. A Very Natural Thing is an amazing film that everyone (gay or straight) should (must?)see. It tells a simple story in a very simple manner: expressive of a time when gay men and women were watchful and fearful of exposure. I confess tears streamed down my face -- partially because of the beauty of the film and partially grieving for lost youth. I hope younger homosexuals will not disparage the old-fashion-ness or the lack of modern day cinematic sophistication of this outstanding piece of film work: indeed a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

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