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The Everlasting Secret Family (1988)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | September 1989 (USA)
A beautiful, if ambitious and amoral, youth is tapped to become the lover of a powerful senator. The young man quickly realizes that he can hold this place, with all its perks, only as long... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Norman ...
Oil Boy
Dennis Miller ...
Eric, the Chauffeur
Arthur Dignam ...
Alan Carey ...
Doctor at Oval
Ken Keen ...
Marcus Cornelius ...
Teacher at Oval
Heather Mitchell ...
Michael Winchester ...
School Teacher
Louis Nowra ...
Shop Assistant
Dominic Barry ...
Bell Captain
Paul Davies ...
Waiter #1
Allan Penney ...
Victor Ramon ...
Maitre'd #1
Michael Kozuki ...
Mr. Akutangana


A beautiful, if ambitious and amoral, youth is tapped to become the lover of a powerful senator. The young man quickly realizes that he can hold this place, with all its perks, only as long as he is young. He has no other function than being young. With the help of an aged judge, the young man, referred to only as The Lover, contrives a plan to make a change in the way of the world, a plan that will take him years to realize. To succeed, he must manipulate, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, the senator, his wife, the family chauffeur (who was, when young, a lover), and, by implication, the entire well-planned and controlling everlasting secret family. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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September 1989 (USA)  »

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O Senador  »

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Did You Know?


Paul Goddard's character ("The Son") tells Mark Lee ("The Youth") that he would love to see the site of the Battle of Gallipoli someday. Mark Lee starred in the film of Gallipoli (1981) with Mel Gibson. See more »


During his first encounter at the hotel, the Youth's grip on his creme de menthe glass changes between shots. See more »


Featured in The Hidden History of Homosexual Australia (2005) See more »

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As a straight man this movie was uncomfortable for me to watch
13 June 2014 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Everlasting Secret Family is truly a disturbing film to watch about a secret society of gay men which began with a secret relationship between a male Senator and a schoolboy. It began as something casual but the schoolboy soon finds it something that he likes and would do anything to maintain this arrangement. For sake of public appearances the Senator soon marries a woman and has a son with her but that does not affect the Youth (as that is how the schoolboy as played by Mark Lee is credited) in his determination on what he has to do. The film's denouement is something that no doubts satisfies the section of audience that this film caters to. As a straight man I did find this film very uncomfortable viewing and seeing this film once was more than enough for me. It is quite telling that most of the characters in this film does not have a name perhaps it presents a situation that resonates with the general gay population.

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