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Latter Days (2003)

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A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.

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C. Jay Cox

Writer:

C. Jay Cox
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Sandvoss ... Elder Aaron Davis
Wes Ramsey ... Christian Markelli
Rebekah Johnson ... Julie Taylor (as Rebekah Jordan)
Amber Benson ... Traci Levine
Khary Payton ... Andrew
Jacqueline Bisset ... Lila Montagne
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Elder Paul Ryder
Rob McElhenney ... Elder Harmon
Dave Power ... Elder Gilford
Erik Palladino ... Keith Griffin
Mary Kay Place ... Sister Gladys Davis
Jim Ortlieb ... Brother Farron Davis
Linda Pine ... Susan Davis
Bob Gray Bob Gray ... Susan's Husband
Judee Morton Judee Morton ... Noreen (as Judith Morton Fraser)
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Storyline

Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) and Christian Markelli (Wes Ramsey) are perhaps the two most opposite people in the world. Aaron is a passionate young Elder (a Mormon missionary) who wants to do his family and church proud. Christian is a shallow West Hollywood waiter/party boy who only looks forward to what man the next night will bring to him. After Aaron and three other Elders move into the apartment across from his, Christian's friends make a bet that he can't get one of them into the sack, so he instantly latches onto Aaron, suspecting there is more than meets the eye to him. There are two problems, though: Christian finds himself questioning his own identity as he falls in love with Aaron and the Mormon Church treats homosexuality as a sinful lifestyle. When Aaron's burgeoning sexuality is discovered, they will have to go through trials of regret, loss, perseverance, and forgiveness if they want to get to the thing that matters to them most: each other. Written by Will

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Aaron prays. Christian plays... Opposites attract.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This film was originally to be shown in the "Madstone" theater in Salt Lake City, Utah (which has a heavy LDS population) on the day of its national release, but the theater pulled it a few weeks before it was scheduled to open. The reason given was that the film "lacked artistic merit", but the film's promoters contend that the theater management gave in to local pressure not to show the film due to its unflattering portrayal of the LDS Church. The film was shown a few weeks later in a different Salt Lake theater and attracted a large audience. See more »

Goofs

When asked for his first name Aaron says he is not allowed to use his first name. Missionaries are not allowed to call each other by their first name but there is no rule that says you can not tell people your first name. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elder Aaron Davis: When I first came to Los Angeles, it looked like just this mass of dots... all jumbled and disconnected. It was pretty disorienting.
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Crazy Credits

A Special Thank You to... The Erik Palladino Screening Room and His Xylophone Backup Singers See more »

Alternate Versions

This film is available on DVD in the US in R-rated and unrated versions. See more »

Connections

References Hee Haw (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Abide With Me
Performed by Heather Floyd
Written by Henry F. Lyte & William H. Monk (as William Henry Monk)
Public Domain
Produced by Eric Allaman & Michael Lloyd
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homosexuality and parents
4 December 2004 | by katchoo_72See all my reviews

I just finished watching this film today and all I can say is wow. I don't know much if anything about Mormans but I do know about parents who don't understand homosexuality. I like many gay children growing up haven't had the best reception when we told our parents who we are. But something I do know is that it takes time for parents to process the information that we have provided. Some parents never get over the fact that a child of theirs is gay, but even the staunchest religious person can realize that even though their kid is gay they still love them and allow them to live their lives. Just like Aron's mom did and let her son out of the institution when she realized that Christian really loved him.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2004 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Latter Days See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,242, 1 February 2004

Gross USA:

$834,685

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$865,028
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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