Kicked out of his house because he's gay, Ethan Mao returns home to steal and ends up holding his family hostage on a fateful Thanksgiving Day.



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Cast overview:
Ethan Mao
Abraham Mao
Sarah Mao
Kevin Kleinberg ...
Noel Mao
Mary Gilbert ...
Mrs. Harvisham
René St. Leon ...
Teenage Boy
Erik Robinson ...
Rich Man
Gregory Paul Daniels ...
Unseen Man
Ethan's Mom (as Dana Pan)
Michael Mesirow ...
Voice of Sheriff Black


BOOTED OUT of his comfortable suburban house by his father for being gay after being outed by his manipulative stepmother, Ethan Mao, 18, survives on the street as a hustler selling sex to older men. He meets Remigio, 19, a drug dealer and sometime hustler, who befriends Ethan and takes him in. After being tipped off by his younger brother that his family is going on a day trip on Thanksgiving Day, Ethan asks Remigio for a ride to his family house to get some of his belongings and a necklace that belonged to his late mother. Ethan and Remigio break into Ethan's family house, but are caught in the act and believe they have no choice other than to hold his father, stepmother, and bullying stepbrother hostage. In the following increasingly desperate hours, Ethan, his family, and Remigio are forced to confront their unresolved conflicts between each other. As the tension between Ethan and his family escalates, their inner demons and family secrets unravel in this suspenseful drama. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'enfer d'Ethan  »

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$3,356 (USA) (8 April 2005)


$6,839 (USA) (17 June 2005)

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Wow for 'Mao'
18 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a billion up-and-coming gay films out there that have a tendency to entice us with their hot bods, seductive storytelling, tacky tag-lines and porno-like DVD/VHS jackets. And then every so often comes along a movie like "Ethan Mao", which reminds us why we decided to pick up a gay flick in the first place. Without giving away too much of the story, it is damn refreshing to be able to compliment this film by Quentin Lee, with honest appreciation. Lee took this smartly written script and added an impressive and talented cast, a dash of suspense, a good measure of romance and a balanced serving of ethnic/cultural understanding and acceptance. All these ingredients blend perfectly together to give us a true and genuine story from the heart. You cannot help leaving without being touched, and that my friends is just an awesome feeling!

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