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Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Chilson Daniel Chilson ... John 'Griff' Griffith
Niklaus Lange Niklaus Lange ... Todd Bentley
Don Handfield ... Pete Bradley
Linna Carter ... Denetra Washington
Seabass Diamond Seabass Diamond ... Matthew 'Doogie' McDougal
Lesley Pedersen ... Heather (as Lesley Tesh)
Ryan Tucker Ryan Tucker ... Gary Buchanan
Nicki Aycox ... Gretchen (as Nicki Lynn Aycox)
Laura Fox Laura Fox ... Mrs. Bradley
Kevin Patrick Wright Kevin Patrick Wright ... Mr. Bradley (as Kevin P. Wright)
Matt Steveley Matt Steveley ... Stewart 'Stewy' Hanson
David Tuchman David Tuchman ... Logan Franklin
Nick Spano Nick Spano ... Bozzy (as Nick Fortunato Spano)
Jess Martell Jess Martell ... Scotty
Katrina Holden Bronson Katrina Holden Bronson ... Rachel
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Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

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A Daring New Film About Coming Out On Campus See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desafiando la gravedad See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Boom Pictures Inc. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes that were filmed ended up on the cutting room floor. The news clip report of Todd's bashing that was viewed by the fraternity originally included an interview with Sam, the coffeehouse "community action patrol" activist clad in pink. The scene would have identified and established the name of the character with audiences. As it ended up, Sam is never addressed by name. See more »

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The local TV news portrays a station named "WLV", an identity used only in the eastern U.S., yet the film is full of visual depictions of Southern California (L.A. street signs, L.A. Times, Calif. license plates). See more »

Quotes

Todd Bentley: Are you like in love with him dude?
John 'Griff' Griffith: I've never been more sure of anything
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References The Crude Oasis (1995) See more »

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Words Unsaid
Written, Produced and Performed by Jon T. Howard
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The pain of defying who you are
5 January 2001 | by mermattSee all my reviews

This is an interesting little film that deals with the two greatest fears of any gay person -- coming out and getting bashed.

Amidst the macho ritual of a college fraternity, Griff has to change pronouns so that he can hide the fact that he is gay and his date is a "he" instead of a "she." The title seems to mean that defying the reality of being yourself is as hard as defying gravity. Notice the symbolic material such as being up a tree and going down a road that is "Not a through street."

Griff is frustrated because he must endure listening to his straight friends tells about their romantic adventures. Pete is frustrated because Griff won't allow anyone to know that he and Pete are gay lovers. The pain they are both going through turns to crisis when Pete is gay-bashed and Griff knows something about the crime but is afraid to tell what he knows because that would involve his coming out.

For an independent film that was quickly made, the story shows real depth. Despite some awkward dialogue and acting, the movie is worth seeing and is really quite touching.


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