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Raising Heroes (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama | 24 June 1996 (USA)
A succesful gay couple is in the process of adopting a child when one of them witnesses a mob hit.

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Troy Sostillio ...
John Sullivan
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Paul McEwen
Edmond Sorel ...
Victor
Stewart Groves ...
Stephen (aka Vinny)
Chandra Pointer ...
Nicole
Constantine Nikos ...
Vito
Robert Zolli ...
Claudio
Greg Bodkin ...
Rocco Nappi
Nicholas Siljee ...
Nicki
Julian Safavi ...
Michael
James Pappas ...
Jimmy
Victor Barbella ...
Gerald
Chris Ferraro ...
Chris
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David Matwijkow ...
Anthony
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Josh and Paul want to adopt Nickie, the child of Paul's recently deceased friend Susan. Susan's mother opposes gays' adopting, and Monday is the final court date. On Friday, Josh stops by a market for milk and glimpses a Mob hit. Unknown to him, the hitmen are now on his trail. Josh hates confrontation and doesn't tell Paul about the murder or call the cops. Instead, he takes Paul for an idyllic weekend in the Poconos. But Sunday, when they return to the city, the murderers are waiting. The Mob boss orders that both be killed. What chance do Paul, who's in the dark, and Josh, who's basically passive, have against this firepower? What will happen to Nickie without them? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This Time, The Gay Guys Have The Guns!!!

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Politically refreshing, but technically lacking.
12 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

While it is wonderful to see a film in which the gay characters' sexuality is merely incidental to the story (in other words, a "regular movie" in which the characters just happen to be gay), this aspect is about the only redeeming feature of the film. (The only other highlights are the incredibly realistic and effective special effects involving gunshot wounds). Otherwise, the acting is rather wooden and formulaic; the cinematography is somewhat amateurish (although there are a few creative and ambitious shots); and the lighting are sound are just plain awful. Moreover, the screenplay is not especially creative, even somewhat trite, and contains a number of hard-to-believe plot elements. All in all, the film is a great idea but a poor execution.


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