This film looks at the 1950's muscle men's magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines, but were in reality primarily being ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Line of Beauty (TV Mini-Series 2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young man becomes attached to a family that's not his own, and casts himself into the life of plentiful riches and gay love affairs that he seems destined for.

Stars: Dan Stevens, Tim McInnerny, Hayley Atwell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can't cope with his memories.

Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Stars: Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Ian Parsons
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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

Director: John Keitel
Stars: Daniel Chilson, Niklaus Lange, Don Handfield
Making Love (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after life torn assunder when he suddenly confronts his long-repressed attraction ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Michael Ontkean, Kate Jackson, Harry Hamlin
Like It Is (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A tough young boxer struggles to come out in England. Having travelled to London, from his smaller town, he meets and falls for a twenty-something music producer. But love doesn't come easy.

Director: Paul Oremland
Stars: Steve Bell, Ian Rose, Roger Daltrey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.

Director: Rodney Evans
Stars: Anthony Mackie, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Duane Boutte
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday, he laments, ' I can't decide if my friends are ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Berlanti
Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Dean Cain, Zach Braff
Borstal Boy (2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.

Director: Peter Sheridan
Stars: Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eamon Glancy
Son frère (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two brothers with a problematic relationship in the past, find together again when the elder one gets a dangerous disease and asks his brother to accompany him to several doctors.

Director: Patrice Chéreau
Stars: Bruno Todeschini, Éric Caravaca, Nathalie Boutefeu
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Have you ever met someone who made your body heat up, get a little nervous and sweaty, and made your crotch stir a bit? Sexual Tension: Volatile will reignite those lustful feelings as it ... See full summary »

Directors: Marco Berger, Marcelo Mónaco
Stars: Lucas Lagré, Mario Verón, Javier De Pietro
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A mixed group of individuals - lesbian, gays, and heterosexuals who all frequent a local bar struggle to accept each others lifestyles. However when the two gays are attacked and fight back... See full summary »

Director: P.J. Castellaneta
Stars: Mitchell Anderson, Jennifer Tilly, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Bob Mizer
...
Neil E. O'Hara (as Josh Peace)
Jack Griffin Mazeika ...
Red (as J. Griffin Mazeika)
Carroll Godsman ...
Delia Mizer
...
David
...
Mizer's Attorney
Jaime Robertson ...
Prosecuting Attorney
Dick Sircom ...
Judge
...
LaFleur's Attorney
Orest Ulan ...
Defence (as Orest E Ulan)
Glen Deveau ...
Soldier Just Off the Bus
Andrew Miller ...
Tiny
Marla McLean ...
Cabaret Singer
Daniel McLaren
...
Jukie
Edit

Storyline

This film looks at the 1950's muscle men's magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines, but were in reality primarily being purchased by the still underground homosexual community. Chief among the purveyors of this literature was Bob Mizer, who maintained a magazine and developed sexually inexplicit men's films for over 40 years. Aided by his mother, the two maintained a stable of not so innocent studs. At the end, the film moves into a court room drama as Mizer is tried for running a male-prostitute ring in the early 60's. Clips of Mizer's actual films starring individuals, such as Jack LaLanne and Joe Dallesandro, are included. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

14 October 1999 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Carne Fresca  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$42,178 (USA) (15 October 1999)

Gross:

$275,996 (USA) (21 July 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(some archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jonathan Torrens & Bernard Robichaud would later co-star together in the comedy series (and films) "The Trailer Park Boys". See more »

Quotes

Bob Mizer: Sun, schmun. This scoundrel's on some kind of a drug trip.
[Looks at David]
Bob Mizer: You. I warned you. We do not slap wrists here at AMG. I want you to take your weed-head friend here, and I want you to scram. I mean it!
[David picks up his friend]
Bob Mizer: And don't come back! Ever!
[looks down at their naked behinds as they walk out]
Bob Mizer: Not until you've learned your lesson!
See more »

Connections

References Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Spy Cake
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This film's beauty is more than skin deep.
7 September 1999 | by (Raleigh, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Beefcake is a fascinating docu-drama about a unique chapter in the history of the Gay liberation movement in the United States. It's a pity this film hasn't received a wider distribution here (if any at all). The MPAA guidelines, no doubt, would require quite a bit of editing to get it under the NC17 barrier. But nudity in the film, however, far from creating a salicious aura, actually conveys a sense of innocence and freshness to most of the dramatic scenes.

The interview materials, in need of some tighter editing, did drag at times, though they were, for the most part, interesting and informative. This is more than made up for in the dramatic scenes. The actors convey both the excitement of this emerging masculine/Gay "scene" and the tragedy of the legal persecution suffered by the people who promoted it.

By all means, see this movie if you get a chance. It's well acted (Josh Peace is a stand out), well directed and a fitting chronicle of one part of pre-Stonewall history.


15 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?