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The Dead Boys' Club (1992)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | June 1992 (USA)
It's the 1990s. Toby, just out of college in Wisconsin, comes to Manhattan to spend the summer with his older cousin, Packard, a gay man whose lover John R. has just died of AIDS. Toby is ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat DeWolf ... Toby
Erik Van Der Wilden Erik Van Der Wilden ... Packard
Matt Decker Matt Decker ... Dick
Ari Benjamin Ari Benjamin ... Charles
Nicholas J. Giangiulio ... Street Vendor (as Nick Giangiulio)
Erik Estrada Erik Estrada ... Man At Gym
Greg Fox Greg Fox ... Boy at Street Vendor
John R. John R. ... Boy in Visions
Robert Hartsell Robert Hartsell ... Boy in Visions
Greg Nacozy Greg Nacozy ... Boy in Visions
Paul Sutherland Paul Sutherland ... Boy in Visions
Paul O'Shea Paul O'Shea ... Boy in Visions
Gustavo Motta Gustavo Motta ... Boy in Visions
Kevin Gayer Kevin Gayer ... Boy in Visions
Jeff Fennelly Jeff Fennelly ... Boy in Visions
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It's the 1990s. Toby, just out of college in Wisconsin, comes to Manhattan to spend the summer with his older cousin, Packard, a gay man whose lover John R. has just died of AIDS. Toby is shy, the openly-gay society around him makes him nervous. Packard gives Toby a pair of John R.'s shoes; when Toby puts them on, he has powerful visions of the pre-AIDS scene in the 1970s, as if he's there. He also takes on a different personality when he wears the shoes, more sure of himself, able to express his interest in men. Wearing the shoes, Toby goes to a bar, hooks up with Dick, and wakes up in Dick's bed. How will he handle it? And what will happen to the shoes? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Language:

English

Release Date:

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

This film is in memory of John Reed, Ricky Wilson and other boys I never knew. See more »

Connections

Edited into Boys' Shorts: The New Queer Cinema (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

White Bird
Performed by It's a Beautiful Day
Words & Music by David LaFlamme and Linda LaFlamme
© Davlin Music
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Smooth, haunting, stylish. Dead Boys gets thumbs up!
12 March 2000 | by Daddy_BearSee all my reviews

I have seen The Dead Boys' Club several times now and it has moved me deeply each time. Certainly it is the best film involving AIDS that I've seen, without actually being about AIDS which is a pleasant change. A haunting story coupled with stylish direction - Mark Christopher smoothly evokes both nostalgia and melancholy over the pre-AIDS gay lifestyle and superimposes it against the AIDS-aware sensibility of the 90's. A couple of the performances were mildly disappointing (Erik Van Der Wilden as Packard & Ari Benjamin as Charles). The rest of the cast more than makes up for it though, most notably Nat de Wolf in the lead role as Toby.

I never liked Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way" until I saw The Dead Boys' Club. Now I don't think I'll ever hear that song without this film being brought instantly to mind. This is not a bad thing.

Take 25 mins out of your life and see this movie. Different people will see different things in it, I guess. But everyone will get *something* out of it.


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