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16 July 1999 (USA) See more »
Valentino is an Ex Adult film star very much in love with his girlfriend Mary Carmen....and boyfriend Gary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Valentino

Salma Hayek ... Mary Carmen

Thomas Jane ... Gary * (His Real Name)

Olivia d'Abo ... Veronica

Shawn Michael Howard ... Coco

Khalil Kain ... Venus

Chad Lindberg ... Kid Joey
Cordelia Richards ... Jana Roberts

Danny Arroyo ... Thug #1 on Street
Bingo ... Rodney
Jason Cutler ... Romaine

Elizabeth D'Onofrio ... Dorothy

Hawk D'Onofrio ... Running Boy (as Hakan D'Onofrio)
Keegan de Lancie ... Choir Boy
Ravell Dameron ... Receptionist in Clinic
Yvette Diaz ... Young Mary Carmen
Marion Eaton ... Miss Sweetheart
Phillip Esposito ... Phone Sex Guy
Luchisha Evans ... Waitress

Ethan Hawke ... Nat
Ceaser Herrera ... Thug #2 on Street

Gloria Irizarry ... Mrs. Sanchez
Ruby Rufus Isaacs ... Sleeping Beauty

Giovani Lampassi ... Phone Sex Guy #2
Lucky Luciano ... The King
Dan Lupovitz ... Street Cruiser

Michael Mantell ... Angry Customer
Stephen C. Marshall ... Angry Boss
Hugh Palmer ... Paramedic
John Panico ... Saxophone Player
Sam Saletta ... Boy #2 (Tommy)
Arielle Santos ... Hope

Kimberly Scott ... Nurse Adams

Jacob Sidney ... Sean

Alex Sol ... D.F.
Rachel Stires ... Woman on Subway Bench
Linda Wahl ... Edna the Volunteer
Miss Monroe ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Emmy Collins ... Executioner (uncredited)

Nick Kiriazis ... Shirtless Bartender (uncredited)

Judy Jean Kwon ... Li Soon (uncredited)

Ken Myers ... Street Walker #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Dan Ireland 
Writing credits
James Still (written by)

Produced by
Thomas D. Adelman .... co-executive producer
Kathryn Arnold .... executive producer
Luis Colina .... associate producer
Carl Colpaert .... executive producer (as Carl Jan Colpaert)
Diane Conn .... line producer
Vincent D'Onofrio .... executive producer
Dan Ireland .... executive producer
Dan Lupovitz .... producer
Timm Oberwelland .... associate producer
Joe Simon .... executive producer
James Still .... co-producer
Ellen S. Wander .... executive producer (as Ellen Wander)
Original Music by
Peitor Angell 
Cinematography by
Claudio Rocha 
Film Editing by
Luis Colina 
Debra Goldfield 
Casting by
Laurel Smith 
Production Design by
Amy B. Ancona 
Art Direction by
Rachel Kamerman 
Set Decoration by
Melissa M. Levander 
Costume Design by
Tim Chappel 
Makeup Department
Ermahn Ospina .... makeup department head
Noelle Thurin .... makeup artist (as Deborah Noelle Thurin)
Production Management
Daniel Hank .... production manager: New York
Gayle S. Ocheltree .... unit production manager
Natalie Samanon .... co-post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa C. Clark .... second assistant director: second unit
Courtney King .... second assistant director
Lee Metzger .... second second assistant director
Sholto J. Roeg .... first assistant director
Art Department
Adam Cook .... assistant props
Michael Lindsay .... property master
Eric Steinway .... set dresser
Sound Department
Lance Brown .... sound designer
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
David Chornow .... sound mixer
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer: New York
Christopher Sposa .... boom operator
Carl D. Ware .... assistant sound designer
Karl Wasserman .... boom operator: New York
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Tom Harper .... stunt coordinator
Don Ruffin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Bilodeau .... grip
Chris Brow .... dolly grip
Harry M. Dixon .... camera loader
Eric Jennings .... first assistant camera
Pete Johnson .... key grip
Chris Kovalski .... grip
Giovani Lampassi .... gaffer
Scott MacDonald .... first assistant camera
Scott MacDonald .... steadicam operator
Anatoliy Neznanov .... additional electrician
Robert Stillman .... electrician
Jessica Wilson .... second assistant camera
Dan Zaitz .... still photographer
Casting Department
Glenn-Thomas Ford .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Marolakos .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Debra Goldfield .... additional editor
Brett S. McCarthy .... assistant editor
Paul Petschek .... additional editor
Other crew
Dennis Anderson .... set production assistant
Scott Baugh .... assistant to director
Blake Busby .... graphic artist: titles
Gina Carollo .... accountant
Angela Gibbens .... set production assistant
Robin Gottschall .... first assistant accountant
Sam Grant .... assistant: Diane Conn
Keith Douglas Kramer .... location manager
Pam Leonte .... script supervisor
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer
Dan Riley .... legal assistant
Gary J. Sims .... payroll services
Rik Walters .... financing consultant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Velocity of Gary" - USA (DVD title)
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Rated R for strong sexual content, language, some drug use and violent images
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mary Carmen:I'm sorry, but I wasn't listening. Does that mean I'm going to die too?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in My Big Break (2009)See more »


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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Can someone explain the title?, 1 January 2000
Author: shrine-2

It's painful to watch competent actors slumming in this movie. You know they are reaching for something "cool" and knowing, when what they ultimately grab at is something infantile and delusional. This is probably the writer James Still's point: that these people need to look death in the face and grow up. But it's such a mundane point.

If death is all around you, if the people you know are dropping like flies, and you figure the remedy is to get along with the people who are left (because they may be gone tomorrow) and have children of your own (so you feel death has not defeated you), why stay among people whose habits issue in death? Why impose the specter of sexual caution and responsibility, when what makes the people in this movie who they are flies in the face of this appeal? I don't think the main characters Valentino, Mary Carmen, and Gary form a bisexual triangle, because they want to lead wary, conventional lives. The thought presented here that bisexuality can be the common ground on which homosexuals and heterosexuals can come together is sly pontificating, and when you consider the way the camera languishes over the liplock Vincent D'Onofrio is made to plant on Thomas Jane, you get the feeling that the heterosexual side is taking a back seat to the flip side of the triangle.

This really seems like Gary's story anyway; Selma Hayek is trying much too hard to garner some respect and dignity for Mary Carmen for it to be hers. Director Dan Ireland should have pulled her in more; it might have done wonders for her big moment, when she lip-syncs to Diana Ross' "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." It's supposed to suggest the strength of her attachment to her lover, but Hayek hasn't been asked to play it deeply. She declaims everything, so what she emotes spreads out too thinly.

It's Thomas Jane's reticence that convinces us of whom the story favors. When his body surrenders to Valentino on the dance floor, or his eyes roll back with Valentino's teeth in his neck, or he broods quietly when Valentino and Mary Carmen are sharing intimacies, the sexual undercurrent he creates pulls you under with great impetus. This must be what Still means by Gary's velocity. At least that is what I figure. But if I happen to be wrong, what in blazes does that pretentious title mean?

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