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A Very Natural Thing (1974)

R | | Drama, Romance | 26 June 1974 (USA)
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

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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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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For As Long As Possible  »

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The original title of the film was For As Long as Possible. See more »

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References Love Story (1970) See more »

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Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
By Samuel Barber
(By special Permission of G. Shirmer Inc.)
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Progressive for it's time
22 April 2006 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

I stumbled across this film from Netflix. I really had no preconceived notions of the film when I got the DVD in the mail. I was surprised and uplifted to see a film that was extremely progressive for being filmed in 1973(!) The discussions and concepts brought to light are somewhat the same as now. There was an openness to the cast and real people interviewed during the film that I was unaware of during the early 70s. So many times gay films seem to lack real substance and can't get over the basic premise of dealing with being gay and using stereotypical characters. The story moves from beyond that point and deals with real issues, even if it's just finding someone to love. I was very impressed and it was a great story of modern gay relationships.


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