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In & Out (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  19 September 1997 (USA)
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A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.



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All of Greenleaf, Indiana is watching this year's telecast of the Oscars as Hollywood heartthrob and local boy made good Cameron Drake has been nominated for his first ever Best Actor Oscar for his latest movie role as a gay soldier. Cameron's high school English teacher Howard Brackett is overjoyed when Cameron wins the award and mentions Howard's contribution in his acting life. That joy turns to horror when Cameron mentions to the worldwide audience that Howard is gay, especially horrific to Howard as he is engaged to fellow teacher Emily Montgomery, a woman with self-esteem issues as she had battled weight issues most of her life before she lost seventy-five pounds for the wedding. Howard's life is totally disrupted as Hollywood media descends on Greenleaf in order to get Howard's story. The rest of Greenleaf also openly wonders if Howard is indeed gay, as he exhibits many stereotypical gay tendencies, such as being neat, and loving music, dancing, poetry and Barbra Streisand. His... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An out-and-out comedy.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¿Es o no es?  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,019,821 (USA) (19 September 1997)


DEM 20,546 (Germany) (19 June 1998)

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Did You Know?


Tom Selleck shaved off his mustache for this movie. See more »


The positions of the ducks and other birds after Howard runs out to the lake after ruining his wedding don't match between shots. See more »


Peter Malloy: Look, everyone wants to talk to Diane Sawyer or Joan London, and my network's killing me. They want me blond!
Howard: With your coloring?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the cast is dancing to "Macho Man" and goofing off at Berniece and Frank's wedding reception. See more »


Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) See more »


Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with Universal Special Markets
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a film to watch again and again
5 October 2004 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) is a teacher who is about to get married. Then, one of his former students wins an Oscar for a film in which he plays a gay soldier and thanks Howard in his acceptance speech, outing him as being gay too! This film follows the aftermath as reporters descend on Howard's village and he tries to convince everyone that he is straight.

I love this movie! Kevin Kline is wonderful, it has some really hilarious moments and it always leaves me feeling great with an enormous grin on my face. Consequently, it's one film that I enjoy watching as often as possible. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out!

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