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Trick -- What do drag queens, aspiring sex therapists and Tori Spelling have in common? They're part of a madcap night out for two frustrated guys that are desperate to find a place.
Trick -- The misadventures of two young gay men, trying to find a place to be alone, one night in Manhattan.


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23 July 1999 (USA) See more »
A story about two guys trying to make it in the big city
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Directed by
Jim Fall 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jason Schafer  writer

Produced by
Mark L. Beigelman .... co-executive producer
Anthony Bregman .... executive producer
Eric d'Arbeloff .... producer
Jim Fall .... producer
Robert Hawk .... co-producer
Ross Katz .... producer
Per Melita .... line producer
Mary Jane Skalski .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Friedman 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey 
Film Editing by
Brian A. Kates 
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker 
Production Design by
Jody Asnes 
Art Direction by
Gonzalo Cordoba 
Set Decoration by
Brian Elwell 
Costume Design by
Mary Gasser 
Makeup Department
David Hickey .... hair consultant
Susan Reilly LeHane .... makeup artist (as Susan Reilly)
Tania Ribalow .... hair assistant
Tania Ribalow .... makeup assistant
Joe Trapani .... key hair stylist
Joe Trapani .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Per Melita .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Darren Goldberg .... assistant director
Liz Ip .... second assistant director
Cecily Kaston .... assistant director
Sound Department
Stephen Altobello .... sound editor
Antonio L. Arroyo .... production sound mixer
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Rachel Chancey .... sound effects editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Parish West .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Renzo Spirit Buffalo .... assistant camera
Mikey Jackson .... second assistant camera
Paul Kaye .... best boy electric
Juliet Lofaro .... still photographer
Casting Department
Erica Palgon .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Music Department
David Friedman .... musician
Brian A. Kates .... music editor
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Other crew
Robin Carrigan .... choreographer
Tim Coleman .... key set production assistant
Bob Corff .... voice teacher
Stephen M. Evans III .... set production assistant
Rob Feld .... production resources
Ben Feldman .... production legal services
Petra Hoebel .... location manager
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor
Darlene Liebman .... production coordinator
Lance McVickar .... engineer
Edward Mercado .... set production assistant
Theo Sena .... production assistant
Sophus K. Windeløv .... intern
Andrew Fleming .... very special thanks
Leelee Groome .... special thanks
Amy Karnchanapee .... thanks
James Palumbo .... thanks

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Rated R for strong language and sexual content
89 min
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Did You Know?

In the diner scene Miss Coco Peru is seen cross outside the window and enter the diner but never appears thereafter. This is because he was cut out of the following bathroom scene where Gabriel and Mark almost kiss, which is such a sweet moment that the director Jim Fall decided not to put in another joke with Coco.See more »
Continuity: When Judy finds Mark's keys, she tosses them onto Gabriel's bed, not too far from his hand. When Gabriel gets up to run after Mark in order to return his keys to him, he retrieves them from his roommate's bed, despite them being on his own bed in a previous shot.See more »
Gabriel:I left because of what the drag queen in the bathroom told me.
Judy:There was a drag queen in the bathroom?
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Another Gay Movie (2006)See more »
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34 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Sweet and Sly Gay Romantic Comedy, 25 July 1999
Author: ripper2

Did I see the same movie as some of the other folks who have posted reviews for "Trick"? My lover and I just watched this last night in New York City, with a predominantly gay audience, and we found it a delightful, unpretentious little comedy.

For starters, this is a "romantic comedy", making full use of all the cliches and conventions of the genre (i.e., our lovers "meet cute" on the subway and endless complications keep them apart). None of this is new, but when I see people complain about these plot devices I wonder just how many movies these people have ever seen? All this groundwork was laid down long, long ago in the silent era and certainly in the golden age of "screwball comedy" in the '30s. So, the idea today is to see how well a filmmaker uses these conventions, not to wonder why none of this isn't terribly original! In the case of "Trick", these rules of film comedy are applied very well.

This film is also, obviously, a "comedy of frustration" in that our two lovers want each other but can't have each other. Events and people conspire against them. Again, none of this is terribly original, but it is well played and diverting. I especially enjoyed the absence of any stupid "heart-felt", sentimental and unmotivated moments that mar so many contemporary Hollywood movies. For instance, the relationship between Gabriel (Christian Campbell) and his best gal pal (Tori Spelling) was quite realistic. She was a difficult-to-get-along with old friend, the kind you find hard to move on from. And the relationship (dating, we are told, from high school days) was convincingly complicated. Yes, she was self-centered, neurotic, even ridiculous. But, then some women are (as are some men). This is misogynistic? What, was she supposed to be some drippy, supportive, self-effacing female saint of a best friend offering her shoulder for Christian to cry on? I liked her better as played by Tori Spelling. Incidentally, Spelling has a marvelous scene of hysteria when she goes off in the diner about the cheese fries!

The acting in this film was uniformly good, and quite high level for an independent film. Far from being a "numb skull", I thought J.P. Pitoc gave the go-go boy character real depth and sympathy. He was beautifully subtle in the first scene in Gabriel's apartment when you can see his interest in Gabriel come alive beyond a casual sexual attraction. This deepening flicker of interest easily explains Mark's staying around through a frustrating evening: he sensed there is more to Gabriel and he wants to find out what. Made perfect sense to me. Also (duh!) if he didn't stick around we would have no plot!

The drag queen (Clinton Leupp) has a very funny monologue, also. His presence in this film was perfectly logical: they are in a gay dance club in Manhattan for gosh sakes! Drag queens do hang out in such places! Further, his entrance into the men's room is also well set-up; he sees Gabriel dancing with Mark and follows him into the john to give him some dirt. Motivation: jealousy! I cannot understand anyone faulting the screenplay on this note.

All-in-all, this is a slight, but very entertaining little film that tugs at the heartstrings a bit. And it certainly is a crowd pleaser! To hear a jaded NYC audience hooting and hollaring at any comedy was refreshing. "Trick" is a carefree delight!

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