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Tom in America (2014)

For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael's long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along.


Flavio Alves


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Young ... Michael
Sally Kirkland ... Betty
Jacques Mitchell ... Tom
Alex Kruz ... Gus
Dawn Young ... Michele
Denise Hungerford ... Suzanne
Michael J. Cannon Michael J. Cannon ... Chuck
Edward Sass III ... Young Michael
Erika Woods ... Weather Woman
Steve Brustien Steve Brustien ... Doctor Hesse
Wendy Callard-Booz ... Old Woman
Frank Amoruso ... as Frank Amoruso
Laurie Folkes ... as Laurie Folkes
Scott Schafer Scott Schafer ... Small Man
Mitch Giannunzio Mitch Giannunzio ... Big Man


At a party for their 50th anniversary, Michael and Betty share that the secret to their happy marriage is that they have no secrets, but nothing could be further from the truth. After Michael finds a provocative doll amongst flea market-bound trash, their world is turned upside down. Through the heartbreaking and hopeful, Betty and Michael are forced to face difficult questions about themselves, their relationship, and their future. Written by Ada Nacikligi

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The film marks the first time Burt Young from the Rocky Franchise has played a gay man in his career. See more »


Betty: You know my mom didn't want me to marry you.
Michael: You're telling me this now?
Betty: She said, "He wants to take you to New Jersey for a honeymoon?" She said you should have taken me to Paris or Rome.
Michael: Yeah, with all the millions I had.
Betty: She said it showed you didn't have any passion for me.
[He kisses her]
Betty: What was that for?
Michael: Your mother is a filthy liar.
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A smart touching original film
17 August 2014 | by info-72-6849See all my reviews

The existing aging generation faces a number of problems common to all-- failing health, reduced stamina, aches and pains and other illnesses of the flesh. But director Flavio Alves sensitively offers up for us to consider a problem many of this group now confront or, alternatively, refuse to acknowledge, in these changed times. The winds of change blow mightily around them but, surely, do not breathe upon them, yet do not leave them unscathed in their advanced age.

Do they finally attempt to resolve long suppressed questions as to their own sexuality by confronting in some manner the doubts that they have harbored and which have hounded them for years? Or do they not make waves and continue on as in the past?

Tom in America recognizes that the decision will affect more than one life and quite probably more than one generation.

Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, in an unexpected manner arising from a heretofore routine activity,are forced to face facts and a situation which probably will seem not quite so earth shattering to younger generations.

Michael, in a touching portrayal by Burt Young, reveals the agony of the recognition of a part of himself hidden for uncounted years even from himself.

Betty, powerfully portrayed by Sally Kirkland, is his wife of 50 years, confronting the chain of events which is to upset and possibly destroy their marriage.

There is but a brief time available in this short drama to present the background to this relationship, the appearances to the outside world of this seemingly happy and successful union and the agonies of the decisions to be made.

But Tom in America successfully hurdles these challenges while offering to the audience the opportunity to decide for itself what the future holds for these decent and average-Joe people.

From a technical aspect, the viewer cannot ask for more. In addition, to genuine and heart-felt scripting, brought to life by superlative performances by all, the cinematography, musical score and editing amply compliment the directorial talents of Mr. Alves. This is the type of short film that you will discuss and analyze with your fellow theater- goers as you leave.

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