A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after life torn assunder when he suddenly confronts his long-repressed attraction for other men. Zach and Claire live a comfortable life secure in their love for one another when Bart, a swinging L.A. novelist, walks into Zach's office and awakens unfamiliar feelings in him. In a move which leaves him wracked with guilt, Zach cancels dinner with his wife in order to go out with Bart. He is inexplicably drawn to this man who seems intent on keeping him at arms distance. Why can't Bart allow their relationship to grow? he wonders. Exasperated, he asks Bart, "Do you snore? Does anybody ever get a chance to find out?" As Zach's absences become more and more frequent, Claire's concern manifests itself in the suspicion that he is having an affair with another woman. Jilted by Bart and feeling alone for the first time in his married life, Zach resolves to tell Claire the truth about ... Written by
Mark Fleetwood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A provocative tale of hidden desire.
Did You Know?
This film's producer Daniel Melnick
said of this movie in the documentary The Celluloid Closet
(1995) that he had "had the unpleasant task of running the rough cut of the film" for a person who was not of "the film world, nor the intellectual world, nor the world of letters and arts". Visibly uncomfortable during the screening, at the scene in the film when the two men kiss, the man "jumped up and said 'you made a goddamn faggot movie'! and stormed out". See more
[Drops plate to get Zack's attention
All right, look. We're gonna cut this out and we're gonna talk. You cannot do this to me... it's not fair. Now, I don't know what to do. I don't know what to say. I don't know how to hold you. I don't know whether I should even try to hold you. God, Zack! We've always gotten each other through, because we've never been afraid to share. You've closed yourself off and I feel helpless. I don't know what to do. You can't tell me. Are you sick? Are you in trouble...
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Take Me Higher
Words and Music by Bruce Hornsby
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