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Nine Lives (2004)

One person's life leads to another in this web of tales about drugs, sex, gay life, aging and being HIV+. Each is played out in a series of steamy, telling monologues.

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Dean Howell

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Michael Kearns (screenplay), Dean Howell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kearns Michael Kearns ... Ronnie
Ethan Mechare ... Young Ronnie
Matt Crabtree ... Alan
David Bauman David Bauman ... Frank
Nic Arnzen ... Phil
Eric Dean ... Carlos (as Eric Turic)
Bill Chrisley Bill Chrisley ... Father Maloney
Steve Callahan ... Corey
Nick Salamone Nick Salamone ... Daniel
John Ganun John Ganun ... Bo
Terrence Houlihan ... Boxing Trainer (as Terry Houlihan)
Mark Salzberg Mark Salzberg ... Boxing Trainer
Anne Hulegard Anne Hulegard ... Bo's Mother
J.J. Stevens J.J. Stevens ... Bartender (as Jim Stevens)
Dennis Christopher ... Mikey
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One person's life leads to another in this web of tales about drugs, sex, gay life, aging and being HIV+. Each is played out in a series of steamy, telling monologues.

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cult film | drugs | hiv | sex | gay | See All (78) »

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There are two lies to every story.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color
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6 October 2007 | by joshua_skyeSee all my reviews

I thought it was very well written, wonderfully acted but the most depressing film I've seen since "Dancer in the Dark." Every character is sick and dying leading selfish, though bleak lives infatuated with the most miserable aspects or times of their lives… AIDS, 9/11 and even JFK's assassination are obsessed over in surreal detail. Nothing cheerful, nothing funny happens... nothing to break the single gloomy tone... and maybe that was the point. Through it all though, I could not help but like and appreciate it and the talent involved. I didn't think the sex was all that more graphic then we've seen in about a hundred straight flicks, though I dare say that because it's guys getting naked instead of women there's going to be an unjust criticism of it (even from gay audiences). Personally, I thought it was refreshing to see some uninhibited male actors for a change. Hollywood and audiences pretty much demand bare breasts and glimpses of female nether-regions, or at the very least are so used to it that its not even a big deal in PG rated fare… take particular note of the gratuitous underwater shot in Steven Spielberg's Jaws at the beginning of the film where the camera practically swims up the actress. It is at the very least a double standard, at most sexism and homophobia offensively entwined. That is an attribute of this film and of all those involved, the brave defiance of convention. There is nothing worse then an independent film that tries too hard to be acceptable to mainstream Hollywood or Middle American pretentiousness. No matter how much an indie panders those two self-important factions, neither will accept the indie anyway. So why bother? This film dares to be its own entity and for that I salute it and all those involved. Bravo!!!


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