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Defying Gravity [1999] [DVD]

Daniel Chilson , Niklaus Lange , John Keitel    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Chilson, Niklaus Lange, Don Handfield, Linna Carter, Seabass Diamond
  • Directors: John Keitel
  • Writers: John Keitel
  • Producers: David Clayton Miller, Jack Koll
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Millivres
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2003
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008RWWP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hunky fraternity guy Griff (Daniel Chilson) seems to be just your everyday heterosexual; he hangs out, has fun, plays sports, etc. However, Griff is secretly dating Pete (Don Handfield), a homosexual who is very much 'out' and wants his boyfriend to be too. Griff fears the reaction of his peers to such an extent that when Pete is the subject of a savage 'queer-bashing', he is uncertain whether to reveal his secret love.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow - A Complete Surprise 22 Jan 2002
Format:VHS Tape
When I started watching this film I almost turned it off - I thought I was in for 90 minutes of High School 'Dude' talk and not much else. But after the first 30 mnutes or so it suddenly got good.
There are no big stars in this film, and it could certainly have been made a whole lot better by better script writing and a bit less cheesey background music that played throughout.
But the story is a simple dilemma of to do the right thing, or not. In its own way, the film dealt with coming out in an incredibly homophobic environment, it dealt with accepting feelings and growing up.
Towards the end of the film I was surprised to find I had tears in my eyes, and the final scene of the film was unexpectedly moving, even though it was not based on the central point of the story.
The two main stars played their parts well, and Denita, the friend John makes during his troubles was wonderful - completely understated, but conveying so much about friendship.
All in all, if you have this film and have not made it to the end - give it another go - it is well worth it!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Defying Gravity 2 Jun 2005
Format:DVD
This is a lovely film with some beautiful moments, though these moments could have been developed further. The main characters are well-portrayed by the actors. Some of the scenes and dialogue are a little cliched, but mostly enjoyable.
It would have been good to see some more extras on the DVD. There is some good music, though occasionally it intrudes too much.
The plot is handled well, though there are one or two irrelevant parts and again some aspects could have been delved into with a little more detail.
However, this is a good, tidy movie and I have watched it lots of times since I bought it!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film! 14 May 2003
Format:DVD
Very good film although the acting leaves something to be desired in places. It's a very touching story which concerns some good issues which are treated well!!
I would recommmend it to all!
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gay, Straight, Alien? 16 April 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This film looks like an amalgam of Magnificent Obsession (Rock Hudson learns brain surgery to cure the blind) and The Faculty (American students freak out when they can't tell if their classmates are 'gay, straight, or alien'). Here, the hospital bedside scene is generated by a gay bashing outside a university campus. Defiantly out Pete is frustrated by the reluctance of John, his boyfriend, to come to terms with their relationship. After a fraught scene in an alternative coffee shop, 'Griff' drives off in a huff while the dejected Pete walks off into the dark to a date with queer-basher fellow students. Before Griff can identify the bashers he has to start the process of coming out, in a same-sex student residence afflicted by galloping homosexual panic. He follows Mohammed into the wilderness and communes with nature. The sight of California scenery seems to knock some sense into him. Like brain doctor Rock, Griff is there when his bashed boyfriend comes round from his injuries. He didn't have to learn brain surgery, but he did have to get to grips with the idea of coming out of the closet. The ending is very Hollywood: everyone sees the light, including homophobic sporty types and anxious parents. The perpetrators of Pete's near fatal injuries are carted away, shame-faced, in a police car. Unfortunately, the script's vocabulary doesn't keep up with this optimism. No-one in the film can bring him or herself to refer to a same-sex love interest as boyfriend or girlfriend which creates an impression where it seems as if the film is hopping on egg shells around main issues.
Although Defying Gravity makes playful reference to Magnificent Obsession, it doesn't share the Sirk melodrama's production values.
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