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Shelter (2007)

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When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zach
... Shaun
... Jeanne
Jackson Wurth ... Cody
... Tori
... Alan
... Gabe
Albert Reed ... Billy
... Ellen
Don Margolin ... John
... Moe (as Alejandro Patino)
... Shari
... Amber
... Gabe's Friend
Robbi Chong ... Receptionist
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Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family. Written by bill stephens

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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

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16 April 2009 (Germany)  »

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De repente, Califórnia  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,464, 23 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$142,666, 22 June 2008
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Trivia

Trevor Wright, Ross Thomas and Albert Reed already knew how to surf before the filming of this movie. See more »

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When Zach and Gabe are in the diner's kitchen, Zach looks at the wall clock to tell Gabe how long he has to work. The second-hand of the electric clock is not operating. See more »

Quotes

Zach: I don't think the whole student thing's going to happen right now.
Gabe: Why, 'cause you didn't get into that art institute place? Go somewhere else.
Zach: Art institute place... Whatever, it's alright... Scholarship was my ticket.
Gabe: Well you are the king of scholarships.
Zach: Got me into your richy-rich private school.
Gabe: On the short bus every day.
Zach: [laughing] Rich fuck.
Gabe: [laughing] Fuck you, ghetto trash.
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Referenced in My Big Break (2009) See more »

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Written by Shane Mack
Performed by Shane Mack
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An Exceptional Film About Love, Family, And Relationships
20 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

What an amazing movie about love, family, and relationships. It was great to watch a film that used characters that stepped outside of the gay stereotypes seen in most films. It was even better to see a movie that focused on the love (rather than the sex) between the two lead characters.

While there are some scenes that scream "low budget," the end product as a whole was very rewarding. The acting, writing, and directing were all solid.

After so many disappointing gay films, I'm thrilled to have a movie like this come along. If this is a sign of things to come in gay cinema, then I am excited about future films. If you haven't seen "Shelter" yet, go give it watch. You'll be glad you did. Enjoy.


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