- Actors: Larry Sullivan, Steve Braun, Ray Baker, James Handy, Faith Salie
- Directors: Miles Swain
- Writers: Miles Swain
- Producers: Miles Swain, Houston King, Michael 'Spike' Van Briesen, Natanya Marks, Ned Adams
- Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Tla Releasing
- DVD Release Date: 5 Dec. 2005
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000DD75N
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,841 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Gay drama about two mismatched friends' relationship over the stormy decades of the 1970s and 1980s. Tommy (Steve Braun) is a gay activist who meets closeted Republican campaigner Alan (Larry Sullivan) at a party in 1973. They begin a tempestuous love affair that sees them negotiating a turbulent political and social climate, breaking up, and getting back together when they are both given a second chance many years later.
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I wasn't sure what to expect, but thanks to R Krygsman's review I took a chance and I'm really glad I did. Tommy and Alan make an adorable couple and put in performances that range from good to okay but never far from sweet and endearing. Larry Sullivan, who plays the confused "straight" guy, is nothing short of gorgeous and the "striptease" scene he does has to be one the funniest moments in film I've seen for a while. It's a great scene; being both comical and sexy whilst never losing the inevitable sadness that underlines the moment.
A quick synopsis:
"Straight" man Alan meets gay activist Tommy and the two become fast friends. The inevitable happens and the two fall in love (which the two pull off convincingly and with no cringe-worthy moments at all). However, on Alan's road to accepting his sexuality they have a falling-out which results in Alan burying himself in his novel, expressing his confusion-fuelled anger in anti-gay ideals. It is only after he has submitted the manuscript that he realises just how much he feels for Tommy . The inevitable happens once again and the two split - when they are re-united they finally take The Trip they've always been meaning to take - Thelma and Louise it isn't, and to be honest, I really think this part of the film should have been given a lot more attention, but it's still enjoyable. The reunion scene could have done with a tad more attention and intimacy, but hey, a film like this is never going to get a major budget and what they've accomplished with the Trip is, I think, the best they could have produced with the time and money they had.
Larry Sullivan and Steve Braun are entertaining throughout and pull off their relationship with no clichés or awkward moments, and what's a film about gay relationships without a bit of "Camp" - enter Alexis Arquette in a memorable cameo role. All in all this is a film that will make you laugh and probably cry with its blend of lightweight humour offset poignantly by its darker, tragic side.
Definitely worth a look
I first watched this film as a young man in one of South Africa's first Gay/Lesbian/Transgendered Film Festivals, and remember walking out of the film overwhelmed that love could be so compelling, and so positively portrayed. I had been moved to tears a couple of times, not because of Tommy's (Steve Braun) illness, but rather because of the innocence all encompassing love Alan (Larry Sullivan) had for him. One scene in particular overwhelmed me, and to this day I remember it with profound fondness. Alan in an attempt to make Tommy happy agrees to strip and dance for him whilst parked on a lonely stretch of the highway. That dance was given with all the hope, love and desperation felt by Alan, and so willingly shared by the audience.
Ultimately this is a story of regret, and how things could have been so different had three simple words been said. If Alan had said "I am sorry," when given the opportunity, both he and Tommy could have had the life they desired and deserved. Unfortunately their affection and love was temporary, as fate, deception and the ill conceived rantings of a confused and politically immature journalist (Alan), tore apart that which innocence had brought together.
During their years of separation both could have made an effort to restore their relationship. However, I firmly believe we underestimate the power of sadness and regret. These can be all consuming powers, which distort the truth and harden hearts. Yet Tommy and Alan did experience, albeit briefly, what many people never do. They loved, lived and experienced each other, only to have the world conspire against them, thus denying them so much more.
It never fails to amaze me that politicians, journalists and religious zealots could spend so much time and effort on such a topic, whilst denying that such love, affection and hope exists in a same sex relationship. Their double speak is both condescending, ill conceived and at times void of truth, and yet their power is undoubtedly the very reason for many a hurt and compromised life.
Without giving too much away, do yourself a favour and watch this film. If you learn anything, learn to say "I am sorry," it may save you unnecessary heartache, and restore that which deserves being restored.
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