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Dorian Blues -- A refreshing and witty reinvention of the coming-of-age comedy, Dorian Blues is a bright story about a small-town young man who realizes why he's such a misfit... he's gay.
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Release Date:
28 September 2006 (Germany) See more »
Sometimes finding yourself is a matter of checking the closet. See more »
High school senior Dorian begins a gay man's odyssey when he determines that he's gay and decides to come out. Chief among concerns is the reaction of his father, who has never liked him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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sweet, comedic sketch of American masculinity that captures many of the intricacies of coming out See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order)

Michael McMillian ... Dorian Lagatos

Lea Coco ... Nicky Lagatos
Steve Fletcher ... Tom Lagatos (as Steven Charles Fletcher)

Mo Quigley ... Maria Lagatos

Austin Basis ... Spooky
Ryan Kelly Berkowitz ... Tiffany (also as Ryan K. Berkowitz) (as Ryan Kelly Berkowitz)
Chris Dallman ... Andrew

Leslie Elliard ... Therapist

Jeff Paul ... Social Worker
Cody Nickell ... Ben
Jack Abele ... Ben's Father
Richard Burke ... Muscles

Sian Heder ... Ellie
Carl Dana ... Priest
Portia Kamons ... Party Matchmaker

Frank D'Andrea ... Football Coach

Ryan Garrett ... Kel the Locker Bully
Tony Hastings ... Buffer Jones
Michelle Summerlin ... Ben's Mother
Daniel A. Jacobs ... Tony
Mary Gordon ... Dream Girl

Laura Nelson ... Strip Club Server
Michael Cornish ... Dream Guy
Brie Dinsmore ... Strip Club Dancer
Erika Eve ... Strip Club Dancer
Karla Ives ... Strip Club Dancer
Nicole Marquardt ... Strip Club Dancer
Brandy Martin ... Strip Club Dancer
Mary Bardwell ... Church Confessor
John Taylor ... Pop Pop
John Shea ... Mr. Trolley
Pat Shea ... Mrs. Trolley
Tennyson Taylor Bardwell ... Basketball Boy (as Tenny Bardwell)
Ian McGlocklin ... Red Zone Player (as Ian M. Sinclair)
Rick Rodgers ... Bully Buddy #1
Andrew Zox ... Bully Buddy #2
Abbie Foster White ... Cheerleader
Kathryn Zox ... Aunt Beth
Melanie Krahmer ... Bar Band Singer
Richard Libutti ... Bar Band
Michael Steiner ... Bar Band
Gregory Nash ... Bar Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David E. Rook ... Strip Club Patron
Quinn Taylor Bardwell ... Quinnie Binny... (uncredited)
Wayland Taylor Bardwell ... Super Waybay (uncredited)

Directed by
Tennyson Bardwell 
Writing credits
Tennyson Bardwell 

Produced by
Tennyson Bardwell .... producer
Steven C. Beer .... executive producer
Frank D'Andrea .... producer
Portia Kamons .... producer
Ann Marie Lizzi .... co-producer
Mary-Beth Taylor .... producer
Original Music by
Will Severin 
Cinematography by
Taylor Morrison (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ann Marie Lizzi 
Casting by
Mary-Beth Taylor 
Production Design by
Len X. Clayton 
Art Direction by
Andy Dorr 
Costume Design by
Agnes Elizabeth Kapusta (wardrobe designer) (also as Agnes E. Kapusta) (as Agnes Elizabeth Kapusta)
Makeup Department
Abbie Foster White .... hair stylist
Abbie Foster White .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alice Toomer .... assistant production manager
Judi Von Ronne .... assistant production manager
Shannon Von Ronne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Benedict .... assistant director
Art Department
Mary-Beth Taylor .... oil paintings: Lagatos Home
Kevin M. Tierney .... props: dorm room photographs (as Kevin Tierney)
Pat Van Alsteyne .... art assistant
Sound Department
Charles Eble Jr. .... adr editor
Charles Eble Jr. .... adr recordist
Charles Eble Jr. .... dialogue editor
Charles Eble Jr. .... foley editor
Charles Eble Jr. .... foley recordist
Charles Eble Jr. .... sound designer
Charles Eble Jr. .... sound re-mix engineer
Dan Mazur .... sound mixer
B.J. Ramone .... assistant sound engineer
B.J. Ramone .... foley artist
Kevin M. Tierney .... boom operator (as Kevin Tierney)
Camera and Electrical Department
Karen L. Dicey .... dolly grip
Karen L. Dicey .... key grip
Jill Malouf .... first assistant camera
Ian McGlocklin .... gaffer (as Ian M. Sinclair)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maureen Berkowitz .... wardrobe: Tiffany
Music Department
Chris Cardona .... musician: violin
Jeanne DaSilva .... music supervisor
Charles Eble Jr. .... music editor
George Fortune .... musician: drums and percussion
Paul Othon .... musician: bass
Will Severin .... musician: guitar
Will Severin .... musician: keyboards
Will Severin .... orchestrator
Will Severin .... score producer
Chris Theis .... music mixer
Chris Theis .... music recordist
Mark Vinci .... musician: saxophone
Other crew
Austin Basis .... choreographer
Steven C. Beer .... producer's representative
Judith Ann Conte .... dance consultant
John Druzba .... choreographer
Mary Gordon .... production assistant
Andrea Lizzi .... production assistant: special unit
Mary Jean Lizzi .... production assistant: special unit
Cody Nickell .... extras coach
Amy O'Neill .... production assistant
Caitlin Roben .... choreographer
Anne Taylor .... catering: Popboon Catering
Anne Taylor .... food stylist: Popboon Catering
John Taylor .... catering: Popboon Catering
Ethan Turner .... production assistant
George Abraham .... very special thanks
Virginia Abraham .... very special thanks
Douglas Bachman .... special thanks
Bill Baetz .... special thanks
Suzanne Lang Baetz .... special thanks
Jill Bardwell .... very special thanks
Mary Bardwell .... very special thanks
Paul Bardwell .... very special thanks
Bob Barghaus .... very special thanks
Mary Elen Barghaus .... very special thanks
Laila Basta .... very special thanks
Lofty Basta .... very special thanks
Victor Basta .... very special thanks
Lt. Bebe .... special thanks: Town of Bethlehem Police Department
Edward Bilous .... special thanks
Molly Bradford .... special thanks
Steve Chick .... special thanks
Lori Colella .... very special thanks
Victoria S. Cook .... very special thanks: Frankfurt Garbus Klein & Sels (as Victoria Cook)
Jill D'Andrea .... very special thanks
John D'Andrea .... special thanks: D'Andrea's Pizza
Heather DeForge .... very special thanks
Paul Denninger .... very special thanks
Charles J. Diamond .... special thanks: DiCarlo's Gentlemen's Club
Michelle DiBucci .... special thanks
Sprite the Dog .... special thanks
Tobie Dorn .... special thanks
Tom Dwyer .... special thanks
Lorelyn Estrella .... special thanks
Christopher Evans .... special thanks
Tricia Evans .... special thanks
Matt Feury .... special thanks
Lisa Field .... special thanks
Terry J. Field .... special thanks (as Terry Field)
Michael Fischer .... very special thanks
Jon FitzGerald .... special thanks: Festival Consulting Group
Brent Ford .... very special thanks
Patricia Ford .... very special thanks
Jim Gianconi .... special thanks: Mr. G's Deli
Andrew Goodman .... very special thanks
Ingrid Goodman .... very special thanks
Frank Gordon .... very special thanks
Chris Gore .... special thanks: Film Threat
Polly Grande .... special thanks
Ron R. Hall .... very special thanks
Mary Elen Hanrahan .... special thanks
Monique Fretto Heenan .... special thanks
John Hoffman .... special thanks
Alan Hoffmanis .... special thanks: Lake Placid Film Festival
Alan Hofmanis .... special thanks: Lake Placid Film Festival
Mike Holes .... very special thanks
Alexander Hubbard-Ford .... very special thanks
John Hunter .... special thanks: Bethlehem Central High School (as John Hunter BCHS)
Halfdan Hussey .... special thanks: Cinequest
Jan Michael Hussey .... special thanks: Cinequest
Gerald D. Jennings .... special thanks: City of Albany (as Mayor Gerald D. Jennings)
Brian Johnson .... very special thanks: Website Creation
Larry Kamons .... special thanks
Shirley Kamons .... very special thanks
Thomas Kane .... special thanks: St. Thomas School
Kevin Karczewski .... special thanks
Bob Katzen .... very special thanks
Ellen Katzen .... very special thanks
Bill Keane .... very special thanks
Cindy Keane .... very special thanks
Richard Kromka .... very special thanks
Margherita Petti Krug .... special thanks: Cotton Hill Studios
Richard Kuranda .... special thanks: New School
Marjorie Leof .... very special thanks
Mitch Levine .... special thanks: Festival Consulting Group
Andrea Lizzi .... very special thanks
Frank Lizzi .... very special thanks
Theresa Lizzi .... very special thanks
Scott Lynburner .... special thanks
Arlene Maranville .... special thanks: Bethlehem Central High School (as Arlene Maranville BCHS)
Maxwell .... special thanks: 100% Sound at Woods End Recording Studios
John P. McCabe .... special thanks (as John McCabe)
John McFadden .... special thanks
Bette McVey .... special thanks
Craig Medwick .... very special thanks: Clifford Chance US
Jan Metzger .... very special thanks: Imperatives
Jane Metzger .... very special thanks: Imperatives
Gil Michel-Garcia .... very special thanks: Clifford Chance US
Maria Miles .... very special thanks: Greenberg Traurig
Sarah Miller .... special thanks: Regulatory Watch
Jon-Alan Minehardt .... special thanks
Francis L. Morrison .... very special thanks
Pat Murphy .... special thanks: AVID Technology
Laura Nelson .... special thanks: DiCarlo's Gentlemen's Club
Todd O'Brien .... very special thanks: Technical Video
Lis Orion .... special thanks
DJ Oshry .... very special thanks
Elliott Oshry .... very special thanks
The Paris Family .... special thanks
Steve Paris .... very special thanks
Ethel Quigley .... very special thanks
John Quigley .... very special thanks
Chris Quirk .... special thanks: Victory Cafe
Mike Rabehl .... special thanks: Cinequest
Bart Rack .... very special thanks
Ray Rettig .... special thanks: Cotton Hill Studios
Isen Robbins .... special thanks: Intrinsic Value
Patti Ronan .... special thanks
Scott Ryder .... special thanks
Donna Scacco .... very special thanks
Tom Scacco .... very special thanks
Tony Scardillo .... special thanks
Aaron Scher .... special thanks: Cotton Hill Studios
Aimee Schoof .... special thanks: Intrinsic Value
John Sebesta .... very special thanks
Patrick Seely .... very special thanks
Susannah Seely .... very special thanks
Dawn Sharpe .... special thanks
Ray Simboli .... special thanks: Mobile Video Lighting
Sirsy .... special thanks
Ingrid Sonnickson .... special thanks (as Ingrid Sonnickson CMU)
Jim Stark .... special thanks
Prilla Stott .... very special thanks
Dolores Suozzo .... very special thanks
Robert Suozzo .... very special thanks
Anne Taylor .... very special thanks
Anne Robinson Taylor .... dedicatee: in loving memory of (as Anne Robinson Taylor [our sweet Boonie] 1935-2001)
John Taylor .... very special thanks
William Tomai .... very special thanks
Don Wadsworth .... special thanks (as Don Wadsworth CMU)
Jeremy Walker .... very special thanks: Jeremy Walker & Associates
Ted Weinrib .... very special thanks: Greenberg Traurig
Loretta Willis .... very special thanks
Shere Yellin .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
USA:88 min | USA:84 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:12 | New Zealand:M | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

First feature film role for Michael McMillian.See more »
Nicky Lagatos:You tell your news, Dad'll drink till he drops, and mom'll be up till 2:00 in the morning dusting knick-knacks and humming to herself like a mental patient!See more »
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Featured in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) (V)See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
sweet, comedic sketch of American masculinity that captures many of the intricacies of coming out, 1 May 2006
Author: MooreaMaguire from Mexico City

The film captures some of the experiences that can be part of people's coming out: arrival at the point where you just don't care what other people think of you anymore; falling for the first mature gay person you meet who treats you as a human being (his therapist); temporarily going back into the closet, only to change your mind; the internalized homophobia of going out of your way to appear straight; sleeping with someone you're not terribly attracted to just because they're the only person you know of who's available and gay; the interactive relationship between the honesty that impels you to come out as gay and the honesty in other compartments of your life; family members not wanting to listen to you or to take your sexual orientation seriously (his dad); family members wanting you to hide and deny your sexual orientation (his brother); family members initially freaking out but gradually changing their attitude (his brother); family members wanting to have a relationship with you but trying to avoid the gay part of your life (his brother); the fact that coming out is a long process that keeps coming back to you, not a confession that lasts as long as it takes you to tell people you're gay.

The 3-dimensional characters were Dorian, his brother, his first boyfriend, his dad (though exaggerated in the service of satire), and his oblivious and out-of-the-loop mom (who shatters this characterization at the end, revealing her wisdom). Dorian is not sexually objectified or portrayed as innocent. Rather, his character is developed as that of a smart-assed but courageous, realistically awkward adolescent boy.

Another theme was the overlap between being different and being gay. Looking at the film summary and user comments (most of which I agree with), some people seem to have misinterpreted, in my opinion, what this film says about being gay. It is one boy's coming out story, not every gay man's coming out story. Not all gay people were always different. Likewise, not all high school students who deviate from normality are gay. Another phenomenon in the user comments was the idea that just because this was a good film, the actors and director are going to rise to fame. News flash: there are many, many talented and hard-working actors and directors who never get a big break.

Straight people (99% of whom I've observed to be ignorant of the myriad issues LGBT people go through in coming out and the fact that these issues are caused by our heterosexist, homophobic culture) should see this movie.

Dorian Blues doesn't stray from Hollywood's typical portrayal of a gay coming out story of a white, middle class boy who likes dancing and isn't good at sports (not to mention that one of its two black characters is absurdly dehumanized for a cheap plot advancement), nor does it overcome Hollywood's aversion to three-dimensional female roles, but it doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't.

Furthermore, its portrayal of the preciousness of sibling relationships despite gaps in understanding motivated me to write a letter to my brother.

More than anything, its message is of the harmfulness of our rules for how men should be. We often think of women as being the ones who are short-shifted by gender roles, but this film shows how they hurt all of us.

The Spanish-subtitled version is called "El Secreto de Dorian."

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