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Defying Gravity (1997)

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Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

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John Keitel

Writer:

John Keitel
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Chilson Daniel Chilson ... John 'Griff' Griffith
Niklaus Lange Niklaus Lange ... Todd Bentley
Don Handfield ... Pete Bradley
Linna Carter ... Denetra Washington
Seabass Diamond Seabass Diamond ... Matthew 'Doogie' McDougal
Lesley Pedersen ... Heather (as Lesley Tesh)
Ryan Tucker Ryan Tucker ... Gary Buchanan
Nicki Aycox ... Gretchen (as Nicki Lynn Aycox)
Laura Fox Laura Fox ... Mrs. Bradley
Kevin Patrick Wright Kevin Patrick Wright ... Mr. Bradley (as Kevin P. Wright)
Matt Steveley Matt Steveley ... Stewart 'Stewy' Hanson
David Tuchman David Tuchman ... Logan Franklin
Nick Spano Nick Spano ... Bozzy (as Nick Fortunato Spano)
Jess Martell Jess Martell ... Scotty
Katrina Holden Bronson Katrina Holden Bronson ... Rachel
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Storyline

Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

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A Daring New Film About Coming Out On Campus See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Defying Gravity See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Boom Pictures Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Keitel wrote the film based on his personal undergraduate experience and filmed campus footage in the neighborhood and environs surrounding his graduate film school alma mater USC. Michael Angelo was in his senior year as an undergraduate USC Journalism major when Keitel approached him for the role of Sam while he worked at a West Hollywood Starbucks. See more »

Goofs

When Pete starts to head down from the tree you can clearly see a safety rope come out from behind the tree. See more »

Quotes

John 'Griff' Griffith: Because you didn't know she felt the same way about you... or if she did, for some reason it wasn't okay... thought that people wouldn't like it. And one day, after months, years, it's just another day, nothing special, just the two of you. For some reason everyone's out of the house. You can't turn back, you can't let go, you can't stop - as if you were one person, defying gravity, together.
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Connections

References The Crude Oasis (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Closet
Written and Performed by Chris Faulk
Courtesy of Tom Collins Music Corp.
©1997
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One of the more interesting gay coming out movies.
27 October 2002 | by ctimberlSee all my reviews

For the writer/director's first effort at creating a work of fiction, "Defying Gravity" is quite good. While one might quibble about too many plot coincidences, shots of actors held a little too long, or music that attempts to cover up some weaknesses, the film does tell an interesting story and uses good actors to do it. This is better than average film making. Gay coming out films are difficult to bring off for either a gay or a straight audience. This one succeeds very well in holding the interest of both audiences. I look forward to seeing more work by this film maker.


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