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Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

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Denetra Washington
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Matthew 'Doogie' McDougal
Lesley Pedersen ...
Heather (as Lesley Tesh)
Ryan Tucker ...
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Gretchen (as Nicki Lynn Aycox)
Laura Fox ...
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Kevin Patrick Wright ...
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Matt Steveley ...
Stewart 'Stewy' Hanson
David Tuchman ...
Logan Franklin
Nick Spano ...
Bozzy (as Nick Fortunato Spano)
Jess Martell ...
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Katrina Holden Bronson ...
Rachel
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Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

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John Keitel wrote the film based on his personal undergraduate experience and filmed campus footage in the neighborhood and environs surrounding his graduate film school alma mater USC. Michael Angelo was in his senior year as an undergraduate USC Journalism major when Keitel approached him for the role of Sam while he worked at a West Hollywood Starbucks. See more »

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The local TV news portrays a station named "WLV", an identity used only in the eastern U.S., yet the film is full of visual depictions of Southern California (L.A. street signs, L.A. Times, Calif. license plates). See more »

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John 'Griff' Griffith: Because you didn't know she felt the same way about you... or if she did, for some reason it wasn't okay... thought that people wouldn't like it. And one day, after months, years, it's just another day, nothing special, just the two of you. For some reason everyone's out of the house. You can't turn back, you can't let go, you can't stop - as if you were one person, defying gravity, together.
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Redemption of Love
Written, Produced and Performed by Jon T. Howard
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Involving drama, good amateur cast
2 August 1999 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I went with low expectations, and came out really having enjoyed this movie. Griff and Pete, members of a fraternity at USC, are having an affair. Griff is closeted, and still lives at the frathouse. Pete has left the frathouse, and is on the verge of coming out. He want more from Griff than just sex. Griff is unwilling to have a real relationship (complete with dating, dining, acknowledging a partner), but does not give up on pursuing Pete. Pete even gets Griff to meet him at a gay coffeehouse. Then comes the gaybashing incident that changes everything.

The guys in this movie are handsome and believable. The frathouse scenes seem real--they let you understand the camaraderie that make people want to be part of frats, but at the same time deprive them of the room to be themselves. The gaybashing is an overused plot device, but it works to make this into a poignant movie about the dilemmas faced by gays who want to fit in, don't want to risk being open, yet need affection along with sex from another man.


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