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Mockumentary look at Playgirl Magazine centerfold and 1992 Man of the Year, Dirk Shafer, who kept it a secret from the magazine that he is gay. Most of the film is a fictionalized retelling... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian Paxton Vivian Paxton ... Herself
Claudette Sutherland Claudette Sutherland ... Tammy Shafer
Michael Ornstein ... Mike Miller
Cal Bartlett ... Ken Shafer
Mary Stein ... Angela Lucassey
Dirk Shafer Dirk Shafer ... Himself
Beth Broderick ... Kelly Bound
Cynthia Szigeti Cynthia Szigeti ... Betty Levy
Dennis Bailey ... Howie Diadone
Charles Sloane Charles Sloane ... Ed, the Photographer
Patricia Domiano Patricia Domiano ... Ballroom Dancer
Dawn Christie Dawn Christie ... Woman Exercising
Phyllis Franklin Phyllis Franklin ... Dr. Marsha Demarky
Bill Brochtrup ... Pledge Cartwright
Lu Leonard Lu Leonard ... Dee Dee Sweatman
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Storyline

Mockumentary look at Playgirl Magazine centerfold and 1992 Man of the Year, Dirk Shafer, who kept it a secret from the magazine that he is gay. Most of the film is a fictionalized retelling of Dirk's decision to send a photograph to Playgirl, his selection as a centerfold and then Man of the Year, his many TV interviews, his friend Vivian Paxton posing as his beard, and the pressures from his live-in lover to come out of the closet. Interspersed with this chronological narrative are a black and white look at an evening Dirk spends with Angela Lucassey, a woman from Reno who wins Playgirl's national contest to have a date with Dirk, and an interview with a stripper who tracks Dirk down. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He was a centerfold who revealed everything...but the truth.

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

15 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem do Ano See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,147, 3 March 1996

Gross USA:

$209,935

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,935
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Stereo

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Black and White (a few scenes: television scenes and archive footage)| Color

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1.85 : 1
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Most of the characters were described on screen at least twice, and two or three had three or four on screen descriptions, usually for comic effect. See more »

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Features Pa'lante con Cristina (1989) See more »

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"Man of the Year" is the Movie of the Year!
9 June 1999 | by Guy143See all my reviews

Never has a documentary film pleased me in so many ways before. I laughed so hard through the whole movie. It was a wild ride from start to finish and let me take the time to recommend this for any movie lover.

"Man of the Year" is a hilarious mock documentary about Dirk Shafer's reign as Playgirl Magazine's 1992 Centerfold of the Year. There's only one problem, he's gay. Labeled as the "ideal man for every woman," Shafer finds himself living the lie of a lifetime. Dirk finds himself living a double life that he never intended to have and he doesn't like it at all.

As the year goes on, Dirk finds himself being interviewed by every talk show host on TV and one minor screw up could cost him his fame. While woman are fantasizing him, men are getting a little suspicious. The husbands and boyfriends of the woman along with the gay community think he's gay and they will go through hell to find out the truth.

Though the film isn't top quality and it's just like watching an hour long interview, I would have to say its the best interview I have ever seen. It's really funny, witty, and crude and I almost cried to see it end. Dirk Shafer did a wonderful job bringing what had to be the most thrilling adventure in his life to the independent screen. If you ever come across this film, watch it. It's interesting and at the same time entertaining.


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