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In & Out (1997)

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A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writer:

Paul Rudnick
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Howard Brackett
Joan Cusack ... Emily Montgomery
Tom Selleck ... Peter Malloy
Matt Dillon ... Cameron Drake
Debbie Reynolds ... Berniece Brackett
Wilford Brimley ... Frank Brackett
Bob Newhart ... Tom Halliwell
Gregory Jbara ... Walter Brackett
Shalom Harlow ... Sonya
Shawn Hatosy ... Jack
Zak Orth ... Mike
Lauren Ambrose ... Vicky
Alexandra Holden ... Meredith
Lewis J. Stadlen Lewis J. Stadlen ... Ed Kenrow
Deborah Rush ... Ava Blazer
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Storyline

All of Greenleaf, Indiana is watching this year's telecast of the Oscars as Hollywood heartthrob and local boy made good Cameron Drake has been nominated for his first ever Best Actor Oscar for his latest movie role as a gay soldier. Cameron's high school English teacher Howard Brackett is overjoyed when Cameron wins the award and mentions Howard's contribution in his acting life. That joy turns to horror when Cameron mentions to the worldwide audience that Howard is gay, especially horrific to Howard as he is engaged to fellow teacher Emily Montgomery, a woman with self-esteem issues as she had battled weight issues most of her life before she lost seventy-five pounds for the wedding. Howard's life is totally disrupted as Hollywood media descends on Greenleaf in order to get Howard's story. The rest of Greenleaf also openly wonders if Howard is indeed gay, as he exhibits many stereotypical gay tendencies, such as being neat, and loving music, dancing, poetry and Barbra Streisand. His... Written by Huggo

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An out-and-out comedy.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Es o no es? See more »

Filming Locations:

Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,019,821, 21 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,856,929

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,256,929
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Cusack plays Matt Dillon's former high school teacher in this movie, even though she is only two years older than he is and they played classmates and age contemporaries in My Bodyguard (1980). She states she was a student teacher when she helped him in school, which could explain how they could be close in age. See more »

Goofs

In the film clip at the fictitious Academy Awards, the Military Lawyer (Dan Hedaya) refers to the "Congressional Medal of Honor". This is a common mistake: it's the "Medal of Honor". See more »

Quotes

Howard: He may be under the influence of something. He may have joined a cult!
Howard's dad: That little zombie.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the cast is dancing to "Macho Man" and goofing off at Berniece and Frank's wedding reception. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: Star-Spangled Banter (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1850)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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Light at heart for subject and comedy.
23 January 2005 | by The_OrendaSee all my reviews

Frank Oz has done a wonderful job in directing this comedy that, for the 90s, is one notch above average. I believe the nineties was a gay decade (I have never seen so much publicity before it), and here comes a charming, sometimes funny view about it. Mind you, the main idea really came from Tom Hanks' acceptance speech, where after winning the Academy Award for Philadelphia, he thanked his gay drama teacher. So imagine an English teacher, who loves sonnets and is getting married in three days, getting the same treatment. It's a good set up.

After being awarded an Oscar for the portrayal of a gay soldier, Cameron Drake thanks his English teacher for being his gay inspiration. Problem is, he's not.

The way Kline tackles sexual preference is also how one would confront the ending of a relationship, which could be what this movie is about on a smaller level. Denial, anger, experimentation ... it's a much more thoughtful movie than others. Everyone gets a happy ending here on some level. Between the bachelor party and the masculinity assessment, I have to choose the guy's night out as the funniest part in the film. In & Out is a good movie and I would recommend it if you were curious.


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