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The Toilers and the Wayfarers (1995)

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Phillip and Dieter nearly suffocate hiding their sexual identity in the face of puritanical small town values. Joined by a mysterious German relative, the three misfits escape to the big ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Klemp Matt Klemp ... Dieter
Ralf Schirg Ralf Schirg ... Udo
Andrew Woodhouse Andrew Woodhouse ... Phillip
Jerome Samuels Jerome Samuels ... Helmut
Joan Wheeler Joan Wheeler ... Anna
Michael Glen Michael Glen ... Lt. Scallion
Ralph Jacobus Ralph Jacobus ... Carl
Douglas Blacks Douglas Blacks ... Gym Coach / Man at Bus Depot
Anthony C. Paul Anthony C. Paul ... Paul
Johanna Stucki Johanna Stucki ... Renate
Alex Cole Alex Cole ... Car Dealer
Michael A. Sward Michael A. Sward ... Gay Hustler
Kevin Burns Kevin Burns ... Assistant Detective 1
Scott Bukowski Scott Bukowski ... Assistant Detective 2
James Hulbert James Hulbert ... Pastor
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Phillip and Dieter nearly suffocate hiding their sexual identity in the face of puritanical small town values. Joined by a mysterious German relative, the three misfits escape to the big city searching for a place to belong. Written by Jim Hayes <jim_hayes@bigfoot.com>

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never look back ... you'll stumble over the future.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

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English | German

Release Date:

14 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerika und (n)irgendwo See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambridge, Minnesota, USA See more »

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1.37 : 1
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James Frank Tittle developed a small track to dolly the camera on. This was needed due to the cramped quarters of "Anna's" house. See more »

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A memoir style film
4 July 2007 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about 3 young men of German descent growing up in the mid West of America.

The striking feature about this film is that it is in black and white. It gives the film more of a "lonely" and "despair" feeling. The prominent use of the German language reminds viewers their heritage, which is a fact that is highlighted many times in the film. It must have been very difficult for these youngsters to live in a village, as they are minority in both their heritage and their sexual orientation. It is also interesting to see the transition of Dieter from a homophobic figure (in denial of himself) to a rentboy for gay men. How his morality spirals down is thought provoking. It is worth a watch if you have nothing to do, but don't expect it to be too entertaining.


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