When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin. Despite their many differences, they ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Baxter
Ignored Woman
Larry Jenkins
Zoe 'Joshua Tree' Logan ...
1973 Jogger
Mary Oakley
Ted Oakley
TV Reporter (as Christina Cameron Mitchell)
OutLoud Receptionist
David Mixner ...
Alfred Dennis ...
George Baxter


When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin. Despite their many differences, they form a loving long-term relationship. In 1977, during Anita Bryant's crusade, an anti-gay book Alan wrote years before gets published without his consent. The book destroys Tommy's credibility as a well-known activist, resulting in Tommy and Alan's break-up. Seven years later, Alan is given a second chance, a reunion with Tommy and the opportunity to set things right. Written by Anonymous

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The things we do for love and things we should have done, all come together on The Trip.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Viagem  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Falcon Lair Estate served as the setting for much of the film. This historic site once was home to Rudolph Valentino, Doris Duke, Gloria Swanson. See more »


When Tommy and Alan are spooning in bed Alan's hand changes position between camera angles. See more »


Beverly: So, Alan tells me you're a homosexual.
Tommy Ballenger: Only because there was nothing good on television.
Beverly: Well, I just find it so intriguing.
Tommy Ballenger: Not always, Liberace for example.
Beverly: Liberace is a homosexual?
Tommy Ballenger: Sadly, yes.
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References Kojak (1973) See more »


Behind Closed Doors
Written by Kenny O'Dell
Published by Warner House of Music
Performed by Charlie Rich
Courtesy of Epic Records/Sony Music
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27 May 2003 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I attended a screening in SF, but found myself unable to speak while the director and two stars were standing before me. So now that I've found my voice again, here goes: While he falls short of achieving his goals, I believe it is because he has set the bar too high for himself. It seems he wanted to do so much in this film, that it was impossible for him to say everything that he wanted to. I am sure that making a film about gay men can be difficult. We want the love story of "Beautiful Thing", the comedy of "Trick", the hunky cast of "Broken Hearts Club", and the tear-jerker sadness of "It's My Party". Mr. Swain tries to do, be, create all of these things in one package. He came respectably close to doing it.

I enjoyed the film, it felt contrived in places, which may have had as much to do with the editing as it does with the fact that this is Mr. Swain's first film. Given time, his voice and vision will mature, and I can't wait to see what happens as it does.

See this film, we need more like it.

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