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1985 (2018)

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A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

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Yen Tan

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Hutch (story by), Yen Tan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jamie Chung ... Carly
Virginia Madsen ... Eileen
Michael Chiklis ... Dale Lester
Cory Michael Smith ... Adrian Lester
Ryan Piers Williams ... Marc Peterson
Bill Heck ... Slow Dancer
Tina Parker ... Cashier
Alex Nicole McConnell ... Airport Traveler / Church Goer
Aidan Langford ... Andrew Lester
Bryan Massey Bryan Massey ... Pastor Jon
David Opegbemi ... Diner Patron
Marcus DeAnda ... Slow Dancer
Stan Taylor ... Dance club patron
Michael Darby ... Leo
Benjamin Hull ... Airport Traveler
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A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Three of the actors in this film: Cory Michael Smith, Jamie Chung and Michael Chicklis are recurring actors on the FOX show Gotham. See more »

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References A Chorus Line (1985) See more »

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It wasn't easy to be gay in Forth Worth in 1985
13 October 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

1985 (2018) was written and directed by Yen Tan. It stars Cory Michael Smith as Adrian, a young gay man who is out of the closet in NYC, but still in the closet in Fort Worth. Adrian is handsome and athletic. He doesn't look or act like the stereotyped version of a gay man.

His parents are working class evangelicals. All they want is for Adrian to marry Carly, the girl friend he left behind. (Jamie Chung, a Korean-American portrays Carly. It's interesting that no one objects to Adrian marrying an Asian-American woman.) Virginia Madsen plays Eileen, Adrian's loving mother. Michael Chiklis portray's Adrian's father Dale, who fulfills the stereotyped image of a tough, blue-collar right-wing guy.

This movie could have been a simple coming-out story, but it isn't. There are complexities within each character, and there are unexpected moments of love and concern.

We saw this film at The Little Theatre, as part of ImageOut, the excellent Rochester LGBT Film Festival. It will work well on the small screen.

1985 carries a weak IMDb rating of 6.8. I think it's better than that.

P.S. In a brilliant piece of programming, ImageOut showed the movie "Buddies" on the same day as it showed 1985. Buddies was produced in 1985. It was the first movie that openly referred to the HIV/AIDS crisis. The year 1985 was a really bad year to be gay.


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