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The Velocity of Gary (1998)

Ex porn star Valentino and Gary are in love with each other. But Valentino also has a girlfriend. Tragedy hits them, when Valentino collapses and is hospitalized with AIDS.


Dan Ireland


James Still




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Valentino
Salma Hayek ... Mary Carmen
Thomas Jane ... Gary * (His Real Name)
Olivia d'Abo ... Veronica
Shawn Michael Howard ... Coco
Khalil Kain ... Venus
Chad Lindberg ... Kid Joey
Cordelia Richards Cordelia Richards ... Jana Roberts
Danny Arroyo ... Thug #1 on Street
Bingo Bingo ... Rodney
Jason Cutler Jason Cutler ... Romaine
Elizabeth D'Onofrio ... Dorothy
Hawk D'Onofrio ... Running Boy (as Hakan D'Onofrio)
Keegan de Lancie ... Choir Boy
Ravell Dameron Ravell Dameron ... Receptionist in Clinic


Valentino is an Ex Adult film star very much in love with his girlfriend Mary Carmen....and boyfriend Gary. Things take a tragic turn when Valentino is rushed to the hospital after collapsing on a city street and is diagnosed with HIV/AIDS...Forcing Mary Carmen and Gary to push aside their jealousy & differences to take care of the man they both love while he is dying. Ultimately finding comfort, understanding, and strength in the other. Written by ~~Pixie~~

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language, some drug use and violent images | See all certifications »

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Mary Carmen: I'm sorry, but I wasn't listening. Does that mean I'm going to die too?
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References Men in Black (1997) See more »

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No Velocity - No Veracity
6 November 1999 | by NJMoonSee all my reviews

"THE VELOCITY OF GARY" starts out promising and quite cinematic with hunky Thomas Jane as daylight cowboy Gary (not his real name) showering in one of New York's open hydrants. Montage of Gary (n.h.r.n) in every cinematographer's NY tribute from Bowery to Brooklyn, which makes Gary (nhrn) one busy cruiser.

Next up, Gary (nhrn) reluctantly comes to the aid of a young drag queen whose straight off the bus from one of the square states (swinging her suitcase and grinning as if she's just landed in the Greenwich Village of the musical "Wonderful Town" not the real-life scaresville of today) and is promptly set upon by gay bashers. Suffice it to say, the kid learns that interesting people do indeed live on Christopher Street.

Unfortunately, this collection of downtown losers is of far more interest to themselves than us. Under-developed and preening constantly, they speak in bad poetic jargon (the film's stage roots showing terribly) and manage to grate on our nerves in a New York minute. Selma Hayek (real name) and Jane (real name) are both oddly drawn to super-loser bisexual idiot played by Vincent D'Onofrio (who should change his name after helping produce this mess). All need a haircut in the worst way, making their adventure look like a 60's flashback when it's anything but. Everything goes downhill after the first flash forward and never recovers.

"The Velocity of Gary" is lacks both velocity and veracity. You're better off not having known their real names.

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Release Date:

30 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,242, 2 May 1999

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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