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Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Romance | 7 June 2008 (USA)
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The outrageous story of 1970s porn icon Jack Wrangler, and how he rose to the top of the gay, and then straight, adult film industry.


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Credited cast:
Jack Wrangler ...
Herself - Songbird
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Alvarez ...
Himself - Filmmaker / Co-Founder, Hand in Hand Films
Brooks Ashmanskas ...
Himself - Friend / Co-Star, Dream
Michael Bronski ...
Himself - Author & Historian
Actress (archive footage)
Gino Colbert ...
Himself - Adult Actor & Director / Asst. to Chuck Vincent
Durk Dehner ...
Himself - Tom of Finland Foundation
Samuel R. Delany ...
Himself - Author (as Samuel Delaney)
Michael Denneny ...
Himself - Friend
Jack Deveau ...
Himself - Founder, Hand in Hand Films (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Casey Donovan ...
(archive footage)
Jerry Douglas ...
Himself - Gay Adult Film Director
Kevin Duda ...
Himself - Co-Star, Dream


From the dawn of the sexual revolution comes the outrageous and true story of 1970s gay porn icon Jack Wrangler. Jack rose to become a major brand name in adult entertainment, as well as a hero to the newly liberated gay population, only to cross over to straight movies and fall in love with famous vocalist Margaret Whiting. Written by Automat Pictures

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At the dawn of the sexual revolution, we needed a hero. He needed an audience. See more »


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7 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

WRANGLER - Das Leben einer Legende  »

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Did You Know?


Jack Wrangler died April 7, 2009, exactly 10 months to the day after the premiere of this film. See more »


Jack Wrangler: I said 'Margaret, I'm a fucking faggot!'
Margaret Whiting: I said 'Jack, you're only gay around the edges.'
Jack Wrangler: [Big belly laugh] ... I'll never forget that!
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Features Good Hot Stuff (1975) See more »


A Cockeyed Optimist
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Courtesy of Williamson Music
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Extraordinary, Delightful Person's Extraordinary, Delightful Life
15 August 2008 | by (Los Feliz CA) – See all my reviews

Jack Wrangler was a spoiled Beverly Hills brat, an insecure homosexual, and an unsuccessful actor who became the self-made top-echelon icon of gay pride in porn movies. Having reached the peak of the gay porn-star profession (a profession he virtually created as he created himself), he then made just as big a name in straight porn, married a famous woman, and started several new careers. This detailed, crystal-clear documentary takes you through Jack's mind and life with copious footage of him, his work, his times, and a great many people who were around him. As a co-worker of Jack's and a participant in this movie, I assure you that director Schwarz has caught Jack's quiet, charming, and above all strong essence perfectly. This is the Jack I know.

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