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Defying Gravity (1997)

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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 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


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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Release Date:

9 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desafiando la gravedad See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Boom Pictures Inc. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in 13 days. See more »


When Griff is at the hospital to find out how his friend is, he goes into the toilet stall wearing brown leather shoes, but comes out wearing sneakers. See more »


Todd Bentley: Are you, like, in love with him, dude?
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References The Crude Oasis (1995) See more »


Defying Gravity
(Theme Song)
Written, Produced and Performed by Jon T. Howard
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Involving drama, good amateur cast
2 August 1999 | by alanjj-3See all my reviews

I went with low expectations, and came out really having enjoyed this movie. Griff and Pete, members of a fraternity at USC, are having an affair. Griff is closeted, and still lives at the frathouse. Pete has left the frathouse, and is on the verge of coming out. He want more from Griff than just sex. Griff is unwilling to have a real relationship (complete with dating, dining, acknowledging a partner), but does not give up on pursuing Pete. Pete even gets Griff to meet him at a gay coffeehouse. Then comes the gaybashing incident that changes everything.

The guys in this movie are handsome and believable. The frathouse scenes seem real--they let you understand the camaraderie that make people want to be part of frats, but at the same time deprive them of the room to be themselves. The gaybashing is an overused plot device, but it works to make this into a poignant movie about the dilemmas faced by gays who want to fit in, don't want to risk being open, yet need affection along with sex from another man.

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