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Circuit (2001)

John, a gay Illinois small town cop moves to Los Angeles, hoping to fit into a place more welcoming of his sexuality. He soon discovers the "circuit," where he meets an insecure hustler, who draws John into drug abuse and illicit sex.

Director:

Dirk Shafer

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Wade-Drahos Jonathan Wade-Drahos ... John (as Jonathan Wade Drahos)
Andre Khabbazi Andre Khabbazi ... Hector
Brian Lane Green ... Gill
Kiersten Warren ... Nina
Daniel Kucan Daniel Kucan ... Tad
Jim J. Bullock ... Mark
Darryl Stephens ... Julian
Bruce Vilanch ... Theater Stage Manager
Randal Kleiser ... Doctor
Paul Lekakis Paul Lekakis ... Bobby
William Katt ... Gino
Nancy Allen ... Louise
Stanton Schnepp ... Andy
Michael Bailey Smith ... Mike
Brian Beacock ... Suspect / Drag Queen
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Storyline

John (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) finds himself regaining consciousness in a public bathroom at The Red Party. As he contemplates his image in the mirror, he flashes back to when he was a small-town Illinois cop, whose captain suggests a move to Los Angeles, in order for John to discover a more sympathetic environment. John packs up his truck, drives cross country, and moves in with his cousin Tad (Daniel Kucan), who's now living with his ex, Gill (Brian Lane Green) and Tad's new boy toy, DJ Julian (Darryl Stephens). Tad is making a documentary about the gay circuit and the party culture, while Julian is a circuit party DJ. Gill invites John to a Hollywood Hills party, where John meets Hector (Andre Khabbazi), a male prostitute, who's battling his personal demons of looks and age. John and Hector form a budding friendship as John experiences a downward spiral into the sex and drug-fueled world of the gay circuit party scene. Will John survive? Written by trivwhiz

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Plot Keywords:

party | gay | illinois | sex | prostitute | See All (117) »

Taglines:

Party Hard!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong sexual and drug content, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Circuit, LLC

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Körzet See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,751, 28 April 2002

Gross USA:

$235,087

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,155
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Early in the film, John (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) drives into Los Angeles/West Hollywood, and as he drives, he passes by several iconic gay bars, Rage at 8911 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; Mother Load at 8944 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; Spike (now CLOSED) at 7746 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; and Mickey's 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. The camera lingers over the bar signs just long enough for the audience to take notice. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, John (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) drives into Los Angeles/West Hollywood, and as he drives, he passes by several iconic gay bars, Rage at 8911 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; Mother Load at 8944 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; Spike (now CLOSED) at 7746 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; and Mickey's 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069; in that order. However, it would be impossible to drive by those bars in that order, without changing direction at least three times. See more »

Quotes

Hector Ray: I don't like women - or ugly men.
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Crazy Credits

After the screening of "Circuit," the fake documentary film within this film, the camera cuts to the exterior theater marquis where "Circuit, A Film by Tad Sawyer" morphs into "Circuit (2001), A Film by Dirk Shafer." See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Seven Cities
(Atlantis Mix)
Performed by Solar Stone
Written by Rich Mowatt and Andy Bury for Solar Stone Productions
Courtesy of Hooj Choons Ltd. (United Kingdom) and Shock Records (Australia)
© 1999 Hooj Choons Ltd.
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Turgid stuff should they decide to debut the Lifetime Gay Channel.
1 April 2003 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

Director Dirk Shafer does his low-budget best to capture the vibe of cruising the California Gay Circuit. The rather bland soap opera device used to connect the party sequences is unaffecting. A much more prurient approach to the sex and drug culture here would have probably worked better. Needless to say, the acting is amateurish, but, for the most part, acceptable. The editing is fairly refined for an indie project, but the film is not as good as Shafer's MAN OF THE YEAR. The unrated DVD is the way to go for those interested, even though the soundtrack is rather poorly rendered for a film filled with pulsating rave tracks.


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