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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) »

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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

All of the principle actors are shot at least once contemplating themselves in a mirror. 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

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

Special Performance by Stephanie Swift (as China Cat) & Jeremy Hirst See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Rising
Performed by Elisabeth Withers-Mendes (as Elisabeth Withers)
Written by Tony Moran, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes (as Elisabeth Withers), Giuseppe Dicacammo Jr., Tony Coluccio
Published by Mr. Tan Man Music (ASCAP), Simply Liz (BMI), Must Be Nice (BMI), Anna Rosa Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 'Emerge Recording [us]' (as Emerge Records, Inc.)
© 2001 Emerge Records, Inc.
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Incredibly Moving and Well-Designed Film
2 January 2003 | by christopherblackwellSee all my reviews

I was very anxious about seeing this movie for all the wrong reasons--the excitement of the circuit scene, incredibly good-looking guys, a film about my community, and a chance to experience something unique. But after I got into the first 30 minutes of Circuit, I began to realize what an incredibly brilliant film I was watching.

The artistic-design is amazing; and the camera-work and cinematography incredible--especially remembering that the filming was completed with a digital camcorder. But the heart of this movie is the story. The main characters John and Hector have a dangerous love for one-another and both yearn to experience the true intimacy between them; but the shallow and tumultuous world of the Circuit keeps them tragically separated.

The film begins with an all-too familar example of intolerance and ignorance that forces John to relocate to LA, where he meets hustler Hector and is seduced into the provocative world of the Circuit. Serving as both Co-Writer and Director of the film, Shafer displays the rise and fall of the main characters flawlessly and the audience quickly grows emotionally-attached. With one heart-wrenching scene after another, we are drawn to these characters and as we watch their demise, we feel the pain in our hearts as if we were experiencing the heartbreaking events ourselves.

Overall, this movie is a definite A with plot twists and turns, excellent characterization, and a portrayal of a world seldom experienced by most. This film will not only impress you, it will pull your heartstrings and force you to appreciate film-making and the entire cinematic experience at its finest.

Those who criticize Circuit for its raw, edgy approach and glitz and glamor with sexy actors playing men without care have missed its salient point. At its heart, Circuit is a tragic love-story intertwined with a glimpse that examines the harsh reality of a world filled with seductive life-endangering drugs and anonymous sex presented in a way only a filmmaker with true talent could present. Circuit won't be recognized for awards and praise because of its low budget and independent release. But after seeing it, you will realize it truly is worthy of many...


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