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The Dead Boys' Club (1992)

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It's the 1990s. Toby, just out of college in Wisconsin, comes to Manhattan to spend the summer with his older cousin, Packard, a gay man whose lover John R. has just died of AIDS. Toby is ... See full summary »


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It's the 1990s. Toby, just out of college in Wisconsin, comes to Manhattan to spend the summer with his older cousin, Packard, a gay man whose lover John R. has just died of AIDS. Toby is shy, the openly-gay society around him makes him nervous. Packard gives Toby a pair of John R.'s shoes; when Toby puts them on, he has powerful visions of the pre-AIDS scene in the 1970s, as if he's there. He also takes on a different personality when he wears the shoes, more sure of himself, able to express his interest in men. Wearing the shoes, Toby goes to a bar, hooks up with Dick, and wakes up in Dick's bed. How will he handle it? And what will happen to the shoes? Written by <>

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This film is in memory of John Reed, Ricky Wilson and other boys I never knew. See more »


Edited into Boys' Shorts: The New Queer Cinema (1993) See more »


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Performed by It's a Beautiful Day
Words & Music by David LaFlamme and Linda LaFlamme
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Get Back Moira Shearer! Them shoes is mine!
26 July 2002 | by (NYC/FL) – See all my reviews

Some folks say that the drug Ecstasy makes colors brighter, releases inhibitions and amplifies one's sense of touch to a point where touching anything becomes a randy delight.

In this short, that `ecstasy effect' is in a pair of shoes that are given to the `twink' Toby by his cousin Packard. The shoes belonged to Packard's late lover who has died of AIDS. When Toby puts them on, he channels the "Disco Era". The music soars, his pulse races, he becomes self-assured and every man is appealing.

This film invokes the spirit of the pre-AIDS era and revels in the hedonism and `joi de vivre' of a now-gone era. For anyone who came out during that period this film will bring back some great memories.

In this short, the shoes are black and only the real film buffs will recall what putting on the Red Shoes led to.

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