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In & Out (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 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.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis J. Stadlen ...
Ed Kenrow


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.


Comedy | Romance

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)


$63,826,569 (USA) (23 January 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The interior bar shots were filmed at Slater's Mill, a bar in Riverdale, NJ that has been closed down for quite a number of years. However it is still standing with its name painted on the building's side. See more »


The outdoor scene where Howard crashes his bicycle. See more »


Howard Brackett: Tom, do I look like a homosexual?
Tom Halliwell: Would you walk for me?
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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 »


References Funny Lady (1975) See more »


The Name Game
by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Ellis
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19 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We all know the story about how Rawley Farnsworth (Tom Hanks' high school drama teacher who Hanks thanked in his acceptance speech at the 1994 Oscar telecast) was the genesis for Kevin Kline's role. But although he provided the idea behind the character, the character as written in the film is not based on Farnsworth himself.

The name, the quirky character traits, the Shakespeare lectures, the bicycle, the Midwestern background (Farnsworth was from Oakland CA), the sports coach connection all come from a long term USC theater professor--who later dyed his hair and then let it grow in order to disassociate himself from the Howard Brackett character.

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