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This film looks at the 1950's muscle men's magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines, but were in reality primarily being ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel MacIvor ... Bob Mizer
Joshua Peace ... Neil E. O'Hara (as Josh Peace)
Jack Griffin Mazeika Jack Griffin Mazeika ... Red (as J. Griffin Mazeika)
Carroll Godsman Carroll Godsman ... Delia Mizer
Jonathan Torrens ... David
Thomas Wayne Harris ... Mizer's Attorney (as Thomas Cawood)
Jaime Robertson Jaime Robertson ... Prosecuting Attorney
Dick Sircom Dick Sircom ... Judge
Thom Fitzgerald ... LaFleur's Attorney
Orest Ulan Orest Ulan ... Defence (as Orest E Ulan)
Glen Deveau Glen Deveau ... Soldier Just Off the Bus
Andrew Miller Andrew Miller ... Tiny
Marla McLean Marla McLean ... Cabaret Singer
Daniel McLaren Daniel McLaren ... AMG Model
Bernard Robichaud ... Jukie


This film looks at the 1950's muscle men's magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines, but were in reality primarily being purchased by the still underground homosexual community. Chief among the purveyors of this literature was Bob Mizer, who maintained a magazine and developed sexually inexplicit men's films for over 40 years. Aided by his mother, the two maintained a stable of not so innocent studs. At the end, the film moves into a court room drama as Mizer is tried for running a male-prostitute ring in the early 60's. Clips of Mizer's actual films starring individuals, such as Jack LaLanne and Joe Dallesandro, are included. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Official Sites:

Strand Releasing


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Release Date:

14 October 1999 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Carne Fresca See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,178, 17 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$275,996, 23 July 2000
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Black and White (some archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe Dallesandro was credited as being 19 years old when he modeled for AMG in the original publication, but in actuality, he was only 15-years-old when he posed for the photos (shown in the movie). He later said in interviews that it made him uncomfortable when he would see those particular photos displayed in later publications, as he was underage when they were taken. See more »


Bob Mizer: Sun, schmun. This scoundrel's on some kind of a drug trip.
[Looks at David]
Bob Mizer: You. I warned you. We do not slap wrists here at AMG. I want you to take your weed-head friend here, and I want you to scram. I mean it!
[David picks up his friend]
Bob Mizer: And don't come back! Ever!
[looks down at their naked behinds as they walk out]
Bob Mizer: Not until you've learned your lesson!
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References I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »


Orchestral Score
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by John Roby
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Interesting docudrama
1 April 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

The makers of this film set a bit of a challenge for themselves. How to make an interesting movie about the world of magazine photography. The subject in this case is one that hasn't been comprehensively covered before: male physique photography. Generally speaking, in 30s the emphasis was on art, in the 40s on fitness, in the 50s on sensuality, and in the 60s on sexuality. The film explores all aspects of this industry by focusing on a few of the top photographers and their models. Surprisingly, not all participants had the same ideas or experiences about their work, nor the same recollections. In fact, these folk seemed to rather enjoy their work, which did emphasize a healthy, fit body. The relationships of the models emerges as congenial and brotherly, and the photographic activity as engaging. As in any "entertainment type industry" there were some over-the-top kibitzing, which in some cases digressed into rather kinky goings on. Still, the makers of this film manage to remain light hearted about most of it, while allowing some top models and fitness stars to share their memories in short commentary episodes.

For those who were not into this area, they could simply not buy the magazines nor be concerned about the whole matter. For those who found this an area of interest, they were free to make their own choices. What caused problems were conflict with the law, which itself may be controversial. These clashes are also presented here in enactments. It was interesting to see Joe D'Allesandro, well remembered from some of Andy Warhol's films, being interviewed--and what a candid, down to earth personality he is.

The fellows, though, come across as having a good time. While it may not be the most ambitious of professions, modeling at least keeps one off the streets -- that is, almost everyone.

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