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It's in the Water (1997)

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Residents of the fictional town of Azalea Springs, Texas go into a panic after a gay local says the town's water supply is what made him gay.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Jo Chapman ...
Alex Stratton
Teresa Garrett ...
Grace Miller
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Mark Anderson
Timothy Vahle ...
Tomas
Barbara Lasater ...
Lily Talbott
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Sloan
Beverly May ...
Vivien Bracken
Kathy Morath ...
Pamela Hughs
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Robert Stratton (as Matthew S.Tompkins)
John Hallum ...
Spencer
Larry Randolph ...
Bruce
Susan Largo ...
Elizabeth Miller
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Viola Johnson
Dion Culberson ...
Ray Ray Johnson (as Dion Culberson / Obsession)
John Addington ...
Brother Daniel
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In the small southern town of Azalea Springs, the country club set still rules. Here, being a member of "The League" is a must, big hair is still favored by the ladies who lunch, and only hair-dressers and interior designers are supposed to be gay. The addition of an AIDS facility in Azalea Springs has The League unsettled. And the announcement that their charity work will include contact with "those people" leaves them stunned. But the real frenzy begins with a drunken comment regarding the local drinking water. Rumor has it that the water is contaminated with something that actually "turns" people gay. Mix in Brother Daniel's "Homo-No-Mo" meetings, the local newspaper, and a group of rabid homophobic picketers, and you've got a recipe for panic. Heads reel. Women weep. Mothers, hide your children! In the midst of it all, we find Alex Stratton, a young woman dealing with a distant husband, an overbearing mother, and the tedium of meaningless society chatter and endless shoe critics. ... Written by Kelli Herd

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An Outrageous Comedy With A Queer Little Twist!

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Due to a low budget the writer/director cheated where she could. One example is the glasses of water in the restaurant where Thomas and Mark are having dinner. Rather than using ice that would keep melting they used plastic wrap. The Hope House signs are taped paper and the water company signs are magnets on the side of the van. See more »

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As Alex is renting all the videos with a lesbian theme, there is/isn't a shadow of a grid on her face. See more »

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Viola: The water's unsafe to be drinkin'!
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References Claire of the Moon (1992) See more »

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Delightful Camp
21 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would have never seen (or heard of) this film without having met and studied under Kelli at SMU. Seeing her reaction as she told us that in 6 years she'd never shown in at school made me begin to understand how exposed we are putting not only our 'projects' but our entire life in front of people for the sake of art.

"It's in the Water" is lots of fun. The character of Spencer is HILARIOUS, but not drawn up as a caricature like most of the straight people in the film. His lines are fabulous and delightfully droll, but human. One of the truest pleasures of the film.

Otherwise, the previous reviewer was right--the love making scenes are tasteful and...pretty for lack of a better word. It helps, of course, that the two leading couples (Alex and Grace, and Mark and Tomas) are absolutely gorgeous, but the characters individually just light up from the inside out.

Witty, excellent visual design and touching, this is certainly a film that I would recommend. As a huge fan of all things Texas, this is going up as one of my favorite films.


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