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That Man: Peter Berlin (2005)

Unrated | | Documentary, Biography | 28 April 2005 (USA)
This intimate film reveals the legendary man with the white saran wrapped pants, undersized leather vests, and Dutch-boy haircut who is the iconic Peter Berlin.


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Cast overview:
Peter Berlin ...
Himself - Author
Himself - FIlmmaker
Jack Wrangler ...
Himself - Adult Film Actor
Daniel Nicoletta ...
Himself - Photographer (as Dan Nicoletta)
Wakefield Poole ...
Himself - Filmmaker
Robert W. Richards ...
Himself - Artist
John F. Karr ...
Himself - Porn Reviewer
Rick Castro ...
Himself - Filmmaker / Photographer
Guy Clark ...
Himself - 'The Flower Man' of San Francisco
Lawrence Helman ...
Himself - Producer / Publicist
Robert Boulanger ...
Himself - Neighbor and Building Manager


He slept with Sal Mineo, was photographed by Andy Warhol, and he was lusted after by millions of men around the world. Model, photographer, filmmaker, clothing designer, and porn icon Peter Berlin is his own greatest creation. Berlin is front and center in this bio documentary from director Jim Tushinski, and featuring interviews with director John Waters, novelist Armistead Maupin, 70s porn Director Wakefield Poole and more, all with Berlin as the subject. This intimate film reveals the legendary man with the white saran wrapped pants, undersized leather vests, and Dutch-boy haircut. Written by TrivWhiz

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Release Date:

28 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Peter Berlin Story  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,895 (USA) (20 January 2006)


$55,398 (USA) (24 February 2006)

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(film clips and archive photographs)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During one of the shots of Peter Berlin walking the streets of San Francisco, his voiceover describes himself as sixty years old. At the time of filming in 2003 and 2004, he was 59 and 60 years old, when the film was released gradually in 2005 and 2006, he was 61 and 62 years old. See more »


During what is ostensibly one contemporary scene in Peter's San Francisco bedroom, talking about his mementos, alternately Peter has a thin mustache, and then is clean shaven. See more »

Crazy Credits

Excerpts From Nights in Black Leather (1973), That Boy (1974), Blueboys, Ciro and Peter Courtesy Peter Berlin See more »


Features Boys in the Sand (1971) See more »


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Who really is "Peter Berlin"?
23 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A provocative and thoughtful profile of the man both behind the camera lens and in front of it. Peter Berlin's iconic status as a photographer, fashion designer and his subject are juxtaposed with interviews with the famous, if reclusive, star. Well-chosen and articulate "talking heads" astutely contextualize the importance of Peter Berlin's seminal role in gay male porn. By turns graphic, poignant, and humorous, the film brilliantly captures the relative innocence of a lost eroticism as it follows Berlin from his European beginnings to his present life in San Francisco. This is a very welcome addition to the historical documentation of the erotic lives of gay men.

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