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Clay Farmers (1988)

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Mike, a young hired hand in California is working a small farm with a close friend, Dan. Mike is content on the farm and obviously attracted to the handsome Dan. Dan seems to be attracted ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Rempel ...
Mike
Todd Fraser ...
Dan
Asbury Ward ...
Jim Antonelli
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Gary Antonelli
Dolores Dwyer ...
Terri Antonelli
Aaron Denney ...
Randy
Diane Conway ...
Trapper
Arthur Ward ...
Billy
Norm Skaggs ...
Frank
James Peck ...
Rick
Blaine Souza ...
Toothpick
John Simpson ...
Tom
Dana Charnofsky ...
Eileen
John Knowles ...
Carl
Guy Ussorio ...
Man in Bar
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Mike, a young hired hand in California is working a small farm with a close friend, Dan. Mike is content on the farm and obviously attracted to the handsome Dan. Dan seems to be attracted to Mike as well but is a drifter and not happy as a farmer. He longs to finish out the contract and move on to a big city, perhaps with Mike. Gary, a boy from the next farm over, befriends them during their daily chores. Gary lives with his abusive father, a stepmother and a stepbrother. Gary is drawn to the camaraderie of the young farmhands in part to avoid his problems at home. When an innocent session of skinny-dipping is misconstrued by the boy's father, the young hired hands soon find themselves unjustly suspected of wrongdoing in a suddenly hostile small town. Written by Havan Ironoak

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This film manages a real depth of feeling with great economy.
1 January 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Yes, there are obvious flaws: sometimes the acting is a bit stilted (especially the boy who is so enamored of the two "clay farmers."); and, yes, the townsfolk and the "villain" came directly from central casting, but this film manages a real depth of feeling with great economy. The leads, especially Todd Fraser ( Dan), are excellent. The feeling that grows between the two men is obviously homo erotic; in fact, I think they are very clearly in love. But it's the accusation of just that fact upon which the whole movie turns. A lesser film and lesser writer would have drowned in the cliché. This film doesn't do that because the characters remain who they are, and self knowledge comes at a price. Their frightened silence (well, Dan's silence) becomes devastating.

There are some real surprises here, too, that lift the plot above the ordinary. This is definitely worth seeing.


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