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When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin. Despite their many differences, they ... See full summary »

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Miles Swain

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Miles Swain
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Sullivan ... Alan Oakley
Steve Braun ... Tommy Ballenger
Ray Baker ... Peter Baxter
James Handy ... Hal
Faith Salie ... Ignored Woman
Dennis Bailey ... Larry Jenkins
Alexis Arquette ... Michael
Sirena Irwin ... Beverly
Zoe 'Joshua Tree' Logan Zoe 'Joshua Tree' Logan ... 1973 Jogger
Jill St. John ... Mary Oakley
Art Hindle ... Ted Oakley
Christina Hempstead ... TV Reporter (as Christina Cameron Mitchell)
Julie Brown ... OutLoud Receptionist
David Mixner ... Himself
Alfred Dennis ... George Baxter
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Storyline

When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin. Despite their many differences, they form a loving long-term relationship. In 1977, during Anita Bryant's crusade, an anti-gay book Alan wrote years before gets published without his consent. The book destroys Tommy's credibility as a well-known activist, resulting in Tommy and Alan's break-up. Seven years later, Alan is given a second chance, a reunion with Tommy and the opportunity to set things right. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The things we do for love and things we should have done, all come together on The Trip.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Viagem See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,774, 11 May 2003

Gross USA:

$306,567

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,567
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The script was originally written as a short about an urban legend of two guys in Mexico trying to get across the border. Miles Swain went back and wrote out their backstory in script format to figure out who these characters were, and ended up with an entire screenplay. See more »

Goofs

During the "stripping scene" the visors on the convertible change potions. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Ballenger: What part of fuck off, drop dead, go to Hell, you're not getting a Christmas card did you not understand, hmm?
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Connections

References Kojak (1973) See more »

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The Girls Steal Unfocused Boy-Boy Romance
21 June 2008 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

Although earnest and well meaning, "The Trip" eventually falls victim to a series of preposterous plot turns and derivative rip-offs of other movies. Set in the 1970's and early 1980's, a romance develops between gay activist Tommy and closeted Republican writer Alan. Opposites do attract, and the appealing leads, which are played by Larry Sullivan and Steve Braun, have chemistry and try hard to make the absurd seem convincing. When Alan's book, which is critical of gay rights, is published without his consent, the work undercuts Tommy's political activism. However, the two men, who have been together several years at this point, never discuss the matter or work toward a solution. Evidently, their relationship takes a back seat to everything else, which, in this film, includes even the proverbial kitchen sink. Without revealing too much of the convoluted plot, a "Thelma and Louise" spree unexpectedly develops in Mexico, Alan's mother breaks in on a dinner party and takes to looting the silverware, and an airline ticket clerk turns into a Medusa when Tommy coughs during check-in. Do not even ask how these segments fit together.

Director-writer Miles Swain had too many ideas swirling around simultaneously. Instead of focusing on the evolving relationship between Tommy and Alan, Swain wanders all over the gay landscape. Fortunately, he does find some amusing characters, especially a spacey Valley Girl, wonderfully played by Sirena Irwin; her initial encounter with Tommy is one of the film's best scenes. Jill St. John also has a great time as Alan's free-spirited mother, and she enlivens every scene she steals. Unfortunately, Alexis Arquette fills the requisite dizzy-queen stereotype, and his over-the-top performance eventually grates.

Swain evidently never decided if "The Trip" was to be a comedy, a romance, or a political discourse, because the film rambles into each genre without developing any focus. While the movie is generally entertaining, especially for undemanding fans of PG-rated gay-romances, Swain's work is less than the sum of its parts. Although actresses St. John and Irwin walk off with the honors in a boy-boy romance, Sullivan and Braun hold their own when on their own. If viewers can suspend disbelief for 90 minutes, they may be modestly entertained. However, whatever their feelings about the film, everyone will keep "The Trip" near the TV just to replay the priceless scene when Anita Bryant received a pie in the face.


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