John, a gay Illinois small town cop moves to Los Angeles, hoping to fit into a place more welcoming of his sexuality. He soon discovers the "circuit," where he meets an insecure hustler, who draws John into drug abuse and illicit sex.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Wade-Drahos ...
John (as Jonathan Wade Drahos)
Andre Khabbazi ...
Daniel Kucan ...
Theater Stage Manager
Paul Lekakis ...
Suspect / Drag Queen


John (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) finds himself regaining consciousness in a public bathroom at The Red Party. As he contemplates his image in the mirror, he flashes back to when he was a small-town Illinois cop, whose captain suggests a move to Los Angeles, in order for John to discover a more sympathetic environment. John packs up his truck, drives cross country, and moves in with his cousin Tad (Daniel Kucan), who's now living with his ex, Gill (Brian Lane Green) and Tad's new boy toy, DJ Julian (Darryl Stephens). Tad is making a documentary about the gay circuit and the party culture, while Julian is a circuit party DJ. Gill invites John to a Hollywood Hills party, where John meets Hector (Andre Khabbazi), a male prostitute, who's battling his personal demons of looks and age. John and Hector form a budding friendship as John experiences a downward spiral into the sex and drug-fueled world of the gay circuit party scene. Will John survive? Written by trivwhiz

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Rated R for pervasive strong sexual and drug content, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 2002 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$40,888 (USA) (26 April 2002)


$235,087 (USA) (23 August 2002)

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Writer/Director Dirk Shafer based the character of Hector on a friend from real life, a narcissistic, self loathing, gay circuit boy who committed suicide on his 30th birthday. See more »


When Tad (Daniel Kucan) is video interviewing Bobby Ross (Paul Lekakis) in Bobby's dressing room, there is a shot of someone, with his face partially obscured, presumably Tad (since he is making a documentary), holding the camera and asking a question through a brass latticework screen. However, it is clear that it is not Tad who is holding the camera and speaking, but John Webster (Jonathan Wade-Drahos). Then Bobby answers, and when the person holding the camera moves to another angle, out from behind the screen, now it is clearly Tad who is speaking and holding the camera. Only two people are supposed to be in the scene. See more »


Louise: You sell the drugs, which compromises judgment, which causes the unprotected sex, and contributes to AIDS in these younger kids.
Gino: We give them the condoms, don't we?
Louise: They throw the condoms away, Gino.
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Crazy Credits

After the screening of "Circuit," the fake documentary film within this film, the camera cuts to the exterior theater marquis where "Circuit, A Film by Tad Sawyer" morphs into "Circuit (2001), A Film by Dirk Shafer." See more »


Spoofed in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »


White Rabbit
Performed by Stephanie Swift (as China Cat) and Jeremy Hirst
Written by Grace Slick
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
Remix by Stephanie Swift (as China Cat) and Jeremy Hirst
Produced by Cat Trap Music
Courtesy of R K Records
© 1966 Irving Music, Inc.
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Sensational expose that glamorizes what it condemns
22 October 2001 | by (NYC/FL) – See all my reviews

This film about a small town Gay man becoming entangled in the Circuit Party scene revels in the very thing it seems to decry. While something of an expose about the shallowness of this life and the soul-destroying involvement with steroids and drugs and outer beauty, it has its share of skin and glamour shots attracting the audience with the very thing its somewhat condemning.

The key to the film is the tearful admission by the filmmaker character toward the end of the movie that while he understands all of the negative aspects of the party scene, he is hooked. He is a party boy.

Personally I found the movie to be poignant and truthful and a reasonable presentation of both points of view. Yes, there is rampant drug abuse and yes, the scene does destroy some people, but there is a glamour to it as well that is not in and of itself harmful.

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