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Luster -- Luster is a refreshingly funny and sexy look at unrequited love. Jackson, a cute, lanky, blue-haired poet who works in a record store, is at the center of Everett Lewis' twisted black LA comedy. He's got a crush on the sexy young blonde, Billy, who he met at an orgy the other night. But Billy's not into him, he's in love with Sonny, a musician into S&M. And although Billy doesn't want Jackson, two other guys do: Derek, a clean-cut record store customer, and Sam, the straight record store owner. Into this mix is thrown Jed, Jackson's hunky cousin, which leads Jackson to seriously contemplate the technicalities of incest. Before he can do anything about it, though, Jed is seduced by Jackson's lesbian artist friend. What's a boy to do?


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  (in credits order)
Justin Herwick ... Jackson
Shane Powers ... Sam
B. Wyatt ... Jed / Orgy Body (as b. Wyatt)

Pamela Gidley ... Alyssa
Susannah Melvoin ... Sandra

Jonah Blechman ... Billy

Sean Thibodeau ... Derek

Willie Garson ... Sonny Spike
Gabriel Dell Jr. ... Private Investigator (as Gabriel Dell jr.)

Henriette Mantel ... Sam's Mom

Norman Reedus ... Sextools Delivery Boy (as Norman Reedis)
Chris Freeman ... Kurt Domain

JD Cullum ... Ned Smythe (as J.D. Cullum)
Brian Grillo ... Bartender

Michael McCraine ... Orgy Girl (as Mikee McCraine)

Beth Lapides ... Gallery Owner
BunBoy ... Herman / Orgy Body (as 'BunBoy!')

Stephen Berra ... Skaterboy (as Steve Berra)
Chad Kula ... Pressure Zone Photographer
Justin Bloomenthal ... Impressionable Customer
Tra-Mi Callahan ... No Life Content Customer

Patricia Scanlon ... Stoned Customer (as Patti Scanlon)
Shon Greenblatt ... Blowdogg
Peter Taylor ... Madonna Customer
Nick Hyman ... Bribed Customer
Nicole Dillenberg ... Pressure Zone Editor #1
Lesa Carlson ... Pressure Zone Editor #2 (as Lesa Carlson)
Tim Taylor ... Scooterboy
Adana Gardner ... Orgy Body
Mark Gardner ... Orgy Body

Directed by
Everett Lewis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dennis Cooper  poetry
Everett Lewis  writer

Produced by
Garret Scullin .... associate producer
Robert Shulevitz .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Leon 
Cinematography by
Humberto De Luna (photography) (as Humberto DeLuna)
Film Editing by
Everett Lewis 
Casting by
Nicole Arbusto 
Joy Dickson 
Art Direction by
Alex Brewer-Disarufino  (as Alex Brewer Disarufino)
Costume Design by
Mimi Maxmen  (as Mimi Maxman)
Makeup Department
Laurie Depp .... soul make up artist
Production Management
Garret Scullin .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Travis Hulsey .... prop graphic designer
Everett Lewis .... painting: 'Falling Man'
Sound Department
Richard W. Evans .... sound design: Best Little Post House in Hollywood (as Richard Evans)
Russ McCall .... dialogue editor: Best Little Post House in Hollywood
Erica Santamaria .... sound recordist (as Erica Santa Maria)
Richard W. Evans .... sound editor: Best Little Post House in Hollywood (uncredited)
Richard W. Evans .... sound re-recording mixer: Best Little Post House in Hollywood (uncredited)
Paul Holzborn .... foley artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Derek Anderson .... camera assistant
Justin Bloomenthal .... electrician
Justin Bloomenthal .... grip
Michael Correa .... camera assistant
Steve Frye .... electrician
Steve Frye .... grip
Amy C. Halpern .... photography: second unit (as Amy Halpern)
Chad Kula .... photographer: opening titles
Chad Kula .... still photographer
Lou LaProcido .... electrician (as Lou Laprocido)
Lou LaProcido .... grip (as Lou Laprocido)
Peter Michel .... electrician
Peter Michel .... grip
Cricket Peters .... camera assistant
Chris Quimby .... electrician
Chris Quimby .... grip
Editorial Department
Garret Scullin .... assistant editor
Music Department
Chuck Arnold .... music consultant
Chris Freeman .... music consultant
Mark Kreistl .... music supervisor
Garret Scullin .... music supervisor
Peter Taylor .... music consultant
Other crew
Kate Amend .... flatbed rental
Steve Hall .... production coordinator
Everett Lewis .... artist: 'Falling Man' painting
Kate Amend .... thanks
Chuck Arnold .... thanks
Laurence Austin .... dedicatee: 1927-1997
Bob Bassett .... thanks
Mark Buers .... thanks
Rebecca Chiao .... thanks
Dennis Cooper .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Pansy Division .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Adana Gardner .... thanks
Terry S. House .... thanks: City of West Hollywood (as Terry House)
Chad Kula .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Edward Laroche .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's (as Ed Laroche)
Everett Lewis .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Carol McNally .... special thanks: The 9000 Sunset Building
Gardner Monks .... thanks
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Susan Phelan .... special thanks: The 9000 Sunset Building
Lucas Reiner .... thanks
The Shulevitz Family .... thanks
Henry Shulevitz .... thanks
Nick Shulevitz .... thanks
Helena Sopwith .... thanks
Rebecca Tuynman .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Maud Winchester .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Muse" - USA (alternative title)
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92 min
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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
fUn,fLesH,aNd, LuST, 9 December 2003
Author: netguyz from Nyack, NY

I knew this was going to be a `cool' flick from the opening credits that just list the first names of the cast and crew, but it isn't without its flaws as well. Namely some campy acting, a customer in a record store squealing for Madonna, to numerous subplots that tend to bring down the film as well as audio that tends to be muffled in spots. But overall the more it went on the more I accepted and enjoyed these vagabonds and the flaws found within.

The story centers around a punky, skateboard, party goer, poet, named Jackson (Justin Herwick), who works at a record shop called, how appropriate, `No Life'. After waking up from the aftermath of an orgy he inquires about a boy who was there, Billy (Jonah Blechman) with whom he develops an infatuation for and decides to track down. Who wouldn't! He's a cutey but he he too has some flaws. Needless to say Billy is the boy toy of a record mogel played by Willie Garson (Sarah Jessica Parker's gay friend Stanford on Sex and the City) who gets off on getting beat up. It does get a bit ugly and some people might not like the S&M. Throw in Jackson's hunky cousin Jed(Barry Wyatt), a clean cut collegiate type customer at the store (Sean Thibodeau) who's in love with Jackson, a lesbian friend named Alyssa (Pamela Gidley) who screws around with Jed and is later found out by her lover, and you get a smorgasboard of a soap opera. The one character I really wish had been more developed and with whom I felt something towards was Jackson's supposedly straight boss and friend at the record shop, Sam (Shane Powers). He gives a real emotional performance at the end and his story only scratched the surface. The other performances are hit and miss. Sometimes they're great and then at other times it seems campy and silly. It's a real mixed bag along with the storylines. Take it for what it's worth though and you'll have fun with these characters, their loves, lusts, and losses. The DVD is stereo and the transfer is a bit grainy but it only adds to the seediness of the tale. I didn't expect much more from a low budget `indie' and it also includes a short documentary with the director and a film commentary and trailers for other TLA releases.

Note: plenty of full frontal nudity From TLA Releasing

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