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The Event (2003)

Nick is a district attorney investigating several deaths of AIDS sufferers in the gay community of New York City's Chelsea District. Each case suggests the use of assisted suicide, which is illegal in New York.


Thom Fitzgerald
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Adler ... Gaby Shapiro-Schnell (as Joanna P. Adler)
Chris Barry Chris Barry ... Third Little Maid
Walter Borden ... Fred
Ray Brimicombe Ray Brimicombe ... Desk Sergeant
Laura Cahoot Laura Cahoot ... Bride
Brent Carver Brent Carver ... Brian Knight
Linda Carvery Linda Carvery ... Doctor
Rejean Cournoyer Rejean Cournoyer ... Rory Metzler (as Réjean Joseph Cournoyer)
Lucy Decoutere ... Jody
Richard Donat ... Undertaker
Chase Duffy Chase Duffy ... Assistant District Attorney
Olympia Dukakis ... Lila Shapiro
Tim Dunn Tim Dunn ... Ping Pong Player
Travis Ferris Travis Ferris ... NYPD Officer
Thom Fitzgerald ... Vagimar Director


An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea district. Nick, a district attorney investigating the most recent case, a suspicious apparent suicide, and her interviews with friends and family of the deceased trigger extensive and intricately interwoven flashbacks that reveal surprising facts about the man's life and death. Written by Anonymous

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Go in style.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Nick: Fuck you very much.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits the screen is dark for a few seconds, then there's another scene (that is completely silent). See more »


References The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) See more »


What I was Waiting For
Written and Performed by Ian Janes
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Both the film and the event it portrays qualify as "events."
25 July 2004 | by BockharnSee all my reviews

I came to this film via Thom Fitzgerald's earlier work, the mostly comic pseudo-documentary "Beefcake," so I was unprepared for the many-layered drama of "The Event." There have been a lot of films about gay men with AIDS, most of which are earnest and predictable, but "The Event" is definitely surprising in its story. It is easy to identify with the various points of view in the film, and that raises the viewer's stakes considerably. And what an indie dream of a cast! I viewed this DVD via NETFLIX which inexplicably -- considering their trove of Grade Z films about gay people -- doesn't stock "Beefcake." Thom Fitzgerald doesn't do the same old same old -- for which, hats off and Thanks!

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Release Date:

13 February 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,206, 5 October 2003

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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