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Lucky Bastard -- When his stodgy boyfriend leaves town, Rusty has a chance encounter with a handsome though seedy drifter, Denny.


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Rusty is a successful architect with the life of his dreams. However, when his boyfriend leaves town, Rusty meets a mysterious drifter names Denny who opens Rusty up to a strange new world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Patrick Tatten ... Rusty

Dale Dymkoski ... Denny

Timothy Ryan Cole ... Garret (as Timothy Cole)

Johnny Kostrey ... Daniel

Norma Louise ... Sandra
Nina Manni ... Patsy
Jane Fleiss ... Mrs. Howell

Ivar Brogger ... Mr. Howell

Nathan Sutton ... Roger - drug dealer

Lorin Doctor ... Waitress

Clint Keepin ... Convenience Store Clerk
Sarah Hamblin ... Bridesmaid
Jennifer Montgomery ... Bridesmaid - passed out

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

Produced by
Scott Arundale .... producer
Charles Myers .... co-producer
Robert Shulevitz .... producer
Original Music by
William V. Malpede 
Cinematography by
Linda Brown 
Production Design by
Mimi Maxmen 
Costume Design by
Mimi Maxmen 
Music Department
Garret Scullin .... music supervisor


Additional Details

USA:90 min

Did You Know?

Much of the dialog is taken from real life conversations writer/director Everett Lewis had. Denny's monologue detailing how he became involved with drugs and sex work comes directly from a man Lewis met who was in Alcoholics Anonymous.See more »
Continuity: When Denny leads Rusty to the wine section, he puts an arm around Rusty's shoulder. After a cut his arm is down.See more »
Daniel:So, this is like our lesbian moment, right?
Rusty:Oh, definitely. Yeah. Get the U-haul.
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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Walk out with clarity, 29 October 2010
Author: purban from Milwaukee, WI

This was an excellent film that I didn't expect to watch. I thought I'd give it a try, as I have with many other gay-themed films, and turn it off in 15 minutes. But I couldn't. It is a very remarkable character-driven story. Other reviewers here have pointed out that the characters are at times unlikable or that their actions don't make sense. To that I would respond...that's life. And this film was extremely life-like. Certainly, there's some moments of weakness, but the dialog is very well-written and delivered. Dale Dymkoski in particular is captivating. His character is quite unlikable. At different points in the film, you want him gone, and yet your heart breaks for him. That's a great performance. The character growth in this story is something that's rare to see in any film, particularly one on this budget. Story-wise, everything comes full-circle.

As an aside, it irks me to read in some reviews that people were observed to "walk out of the theater." That's a cliché here on IMDb. Every time I read that, I know the review cannot be trusted. It's not a reaction I would expect at a film festival. I'm a lover of film, and I've never seen people leave a theater en-mass, especially one like this. Reviewers should post their review without relying on on others to back up their point of view. People that walk out of a theater do not lend credibility to a review, as they can't review something they didn't bother to watch. And maybe they were just getting snacks.

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