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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 ...
Mark
Bo White ...
Jason
Anthony McKay ...
Gary, the Roommate
Marilyn Meyers ...
Valerie, his Fiance
Jay Pierce ...
Alan
Barnaby Rudge ...
Hughey
A. Bailey Chapin ...
Minister
Scott Eisman ...
Student
Michael Kell ...
Boating Family
Sheila Rock ...
Boating Family
Linda Weitz ...
Boating Family
Robert Grillo ...
Edgar
Howard Blakey ...
Charles (as Kurt Brandt)
George Diaz ...
Miguel
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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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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Beautiful
17 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful period piece. Even though the direction is uneven (but gets better in the last half) it carries a powerful message which still has meaning 3 decades later. It has less sex than the series "Queer as Folk",or cable "Adult Movies", yet still communicates this aspect of gay relationships. The surprising thing when viewed from an historical perspective, is that society's attitudes toward diversity have changed little and gay people are still struggling with the problems presented in this movie. An additional plus, is that it deals with the difficulties facing all human relationships, whether gay or heterosexual. A must see film.


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