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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:

$40,888, 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$235,087, 25 August 2002
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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

Several small role or background actors later starred in their own gay films or TV series. Darryl Stephens, who played Julian, starred in Boy Culture (2006), appeared in Another Gay Movie (2006), and starred in the cable films and TV series Noah's Arc (2004), Noah's Arc (2005), and Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008). Craig Chester, in a bit role as White Party Customer in this film, later wrote, directed, and starred in Adam & Steve (2005). Nicholas Downs, who later played the lead in Is It Just Me? (2010), had the small part of an Overdosing Circuit Boy. Several extras have full-frontal nudity scenes. None of the main actors though. See more »

Goofs

When Tad (Daniel Kucan) is video interviewing Bobby Ross (Paul Lekakis) in Bobby's dressing room, there is a shot of someone, with his face partially obscured, presumably Tad (since he is making a documentary), holding the camera and asking a question through a brass latticework screen. However, it is clear that it is not Tad who is holding the camera and speaking, but John Webster (Jonathan Wade-Drahos). Then Bobby answers, and when the person holding the camera moves to another angle, out from behind the screen, now it is clearly Tad who is speaking and holding the camera. Only two people are supposed to be in the scene. See more »

Quotes

Louise: You sell the drugs, which compromises judgment, which causes the unprotected sex, and contributes to AIDS in these younger kids.
Gino: We give them the condoms, don't we?
Louise: They throw the condoms away, Gino.
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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

You Got the Groove
Performed by Kevin Aviance
Written by Kevin Aviance, Ari Gold, Brian Wright Keller
Published by Beyond the Beat Publishing (BMI), Boogie Sauce (BMI), Ghost Dance Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Kevin Aviance, Ari Gold
Courtesy of 'Emerge Recording [us]' (as Emerge Records, Inc.)
© 2001 Emerge Records, Inc.
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Reality bites you in the a*s
29 January 2003 | by MichaelWeihnSee all my reviews

Dirk Shafer, Playgirl's man of the year a few years back has put together a little bit of heaven & hell in this nugget of gay club-life in the city of angels. Although the acting is only mediocre, the direction, script, and overall film is very good. Dirk uses just the right amount of music, drugs, sex, exploitation, and beefcake to hit the nail on the head. The story revolves around a smalltown Illinois former cop named John who moves to L.A. & discovers sex, drugs, and techno. What's also interesting is the supporting cast of William Katt, JM J. Bullock, Nancy Allen, andPaul Lekakis. The music is great as well with new cuts from Taylor Dayne, Lonnie Gordon, and a slow remake of E.G. Daily's Love in the Shadows. For those that love the circuit, for those now out of the circuit, and for those who are oblivious to the circuit, watch and learn.


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