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Broadway Damage (1997)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 19 May 1998 (USA)
A quirky, romantic comedy about the complexity and frustration of finding a true love in the gay community. Marc is a struggling actor who finds an apartment in NYC by searching the ... See full summary »

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Victor Mignatti

Writer:

Victor Mignatti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mara Hobel Mara Hobel ... Cynthia
Michael Lucas Michael Lucas ... Marc (as Michael Shawn Lucas)
Hugh Panaro ... David
Aaron Williams Aaron Williams ... Robert
Alan Filderman Alan Filderman ... Casting Director
Gary Janetti Gary Janetti ... Zola
James Lecesne ... Cruise Ship Actor
Benim Foster ... The Super
Jean Loup Jean Loup ... Punk
Gerry McIntyre Gerry McIntyre ... Jerry
Tyagi Schwartz ... Carl
Barbara Winters Pinto Barbara Winters Pinto ... Temp Agent (as Barbara Winters-Pinto)
Sammy Sammy ... Himself (Mouse)
Jonathan Walker ... Chuck
Richard M. Davidson Richard M. Davidson ... The John (as Richard Davidson)
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A quirky, romantic comedy about the complexity and frustration of finding a true love in the gay community. Marc is a struggling actor who finds an apartment in NYC by searching the obituaries. He lives with his out-of-work, eccentric fag-hag Cynthia. His best friend, Robert, is secretly in love with Marc, while Marc falls head over heels for flighty studio musician David. Things heat up as Marc's desire for David keeps him waiting by the phone, while Cynthia gets financially cut off from her rich parents and Robert struggles to express his feelings for Marc. Written by John Deming <jfdeming@sprynet.com>

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Greetings from Greenwich Village.


Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Fieber See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Village Art See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Cynthia: This place is FABULOUS! And I don't use the "F" word loosely.
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Maybe............."The Grand Gesture"
21 September 2005 | by arizona-philm-phanSee all my reviews

C'mon, World, wake up and REdiscover this little gay gem of a movie. There are so many out there that easily deserve their 0- or 1-Star; surely this little pearl deserves more. Yes, 1997's "Broadway Damage" is probably one of the most underrated and least known "gems" of gay filmdom........why not discover its delights yourself? So, just what is it about this production? Well, hey, there's no weird, dreary storyline; it's lite and fun......with guys who are not afraid to kiss. Yes, Michael Shawn Lucas (as Marc) has a body "to die for" and, c'mon, when he's also as earnestly sincere and sweet as he is, who wouldn't wanna wind up with him. And it would be very hard to forget Aaron Williams (as Robert), playing an endearing "little puppy" of a guy, who'll bring down Marc in the end. In fact, both male leads wear their sincerity on their sleeves----kinda refreshing to think there might still be guys like this out there.

Above all, if you can't stand the sunny sincerity of a Broadway musical (but without all the singing), then stay away from this cuz it definitely tries to be sincere.......and succeeds at that in spades. Along with this there's really great cinematography: brite and colorful (how'd they do it with what must have been a piddl'in budget?). Hey, and there's that soundtrack to fall in love with, too. How Director Victor Mignatti put all this together, with no more money than he likely had, is anybody's guess and is a minor (scratch that), major miracle. How does a guy like this then just disappear from directing for the next 8, 9 years? Sad, sad, sad.

In closing, one thing to possibly question is if maybe, just maybe, Director Mignatti should'a rethought the title. "BD" might resonate more with NY City-ers, but his own within-the-movie phrase: "The Grand Gesture" might have had more meaning to audiences at large (would the latter, as a title, have drawn in more viewers/buyers who'd fondly remember this film?). Ah, well, Monday morning "after-thought-ing" is always easier, isn't it? Besides, any way you look at it, Marc and Robert are gonna wind up being one of the favorite couples you'll meet in your home film library from time to time.....I betcha.

PS: You know what? I'll even betcha this movie is one that other favorite film couples, such as Aaron & Christian (see Title 1, below) and Cedric & Laurent (see Title 2, below) would wanna have in their home video collections.

(1) "Latter Days" / (2) "Just A Question Of Love"


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