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Green Plaid Shirt (1996)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  June 1996 (USA)
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The relationship of two gay men and their friends (from the pre-AIDS 1977 to the epidemic late 1980s) with the common theme of a green plaid shirt, which they found at their first meeting at a yard sale.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Phelan ...
Philip
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Guy
Richard Israel ...
Jerry
Russell Scott Lewis ...
Devon
Crystal Jackson ...
Linda
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Todd
Tony Campisi ...
Leon
Sierra Pecheur ...
Mother
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Nurse
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Kenny
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Tony (as Richard Ortega Miro)
Ric Coy ...
Quarreling Lover #1
Michael Latimer ...
Quarreling Lover #2
Jeffrey Rockwell ...
Handsome Man
Heather Finnegan ...
Girl
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In the carefree pre-AIDS late 1970s, Philip (Gregory Phelan) crosses paths with Guy (Kevin Spirtas) at a yard sale in a minor tussle over a green plaid shirt which turns into a deep and loving relationship, and a powerful journey through life, love, coping with the new disease of AIDS, and then death. They agree to have an open relationship, and they have outside dalliances, even while Philip realizes he's less into being open than Guy is. When Guy contracts AIDS, the relationship takes some tragic and unexpected turns. Written by trivwhiz

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What if you meet the one true love of your life at a flea market, arguing over a green plaid shirt?

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Flawless love story made challenging by poor sound.
5 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Green Plaid Shirt is a flawlessly conceived and executed gay love story made challenging by poor sound quality. It takes a lot of attention, audio adjustments, and frequent rewinds to understand everything that's said, but it is WELL worth the trouble. People who aren't willing to invest such time and energy will understandably hate this movie, but those who are willing to will be greatly rewarded.

It's probably the most beautifully moving and believable love story I have ever seen anywhere. Besides the sound, everything about this movie—writing, direction, acting, editing, photography—is absolutely perfect and astonishing. The story line is not chronologically linear, but it's perfectly fitted to the development of this particular story and makes it easier to follow than if it WERE chronological.

This is no fairy tale romance. There are failures, betrayals, stupidity, selfishness and much sadness along the way, but that's how life is. Learning to love another person THROUGH troubles like that is the greatest good available to us as human beings, and that is exactly what this movie is about.

Two of the supporting characters (Jerry and Devon) are so self-centered and obnoxious I was relieved any time they were out of the story, but even they are entirely realistic, believable and very well-acted. Everybody else—including Phil's mother, who's on for only a couple of minutes—is simply perfect. Others have rightly commended Gregory Phelan and Kevin Spirtas in the leads; I'll add Jonathan Klein as Todd, one of the most original, appealing, and fascinating characters who ever appeared in any movie.

I have never recommended a movie as highly as I recommend Green Plaid Shirt, to anybody who is willing to invest some of him(or her)self in watching it.


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