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OFFICIAL 2013 SUNDANCE SELECTION! In this perfectly crafted American drama, openly gay Ernesto (Marcus DeAnda) and closeted Gabe (Bill Heck) grapple with the sad tribulations of being gay in a small, working-class Texas town. This Sundance smash is a truly uplifting love story about male intimacy, the heartache of unsuccessful relationships and the transformative power of love. I need to get on with my life, Ernesto pronounces as he kicks out live-in ex-boyfriend Luis. Macho yet sensitive, Ernesto still carries a hopeless torch for his other ex-lover, Martin. Meanwhile, down-to-earth building contractor Gabe seeks solace with his ex-wife and six year-old daughter while pining over the loss of his relationship with Chuck. Trying to find connection amidst formidable loneliness this is the story of Ernesto and Gabe. Reminiscent of such classic rural gay love stories as Big Eden and Brokeback Mountain and showcasing equally accomplished performances from its handsome leads Pit Stop achieves an understated tone of authenticity rarely seen on screen as it shows us a tender, beautiful slice of gay American life. Bonus Features-Two Commentary tracks, Theatrical Trailer, Closed Captions

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INDIEWIRE s Top Films and Performances of Sundance 2013 poll: Best Narrative Feature #8, Best Director #9, Best Ensemble #15 --Indiewire

SUNDANCE CHANNEL S Top 10 Must-See Films from SXSW 2013 --Sundance Channel

SUNDANCE CHANNEL S Top 10 Must-See Films from SXSW 2013 --Sundance Channel

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  • Actors: Amy Seimetz, Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda
  • Directors: Yen Tan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GWWV1XU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Drew Odom on February 20, 2014
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What is rare in films, in much of art for that matter, is generosity. Big bank-rolled American movies have abandoned it. But a few independents have kept its impulses alive, for example Junebug and Old Joy. Like them, Pit Stop grants its characters personal complexity, emotional nuance, and decency. It never betrays them with irony or directorial superiority. It does not matter if a character is a major or relatively minor figure in the unfolding of the film's action. Everyone is treated, depicted, and revealed with equal respect and understanding.
Pit Stop is a remarkably generous movie. All of its characters, not just its leads, are carefully, attentively, subtly portrayed. It is able to surprise you, as, for example, the moment when Gabe reveals he knows some French, Ernesto breaks down while talking to Luis on the phone, or Winston speaks to Shannon in the parking lot after their date the night before. Characters take unexpected, but nonetheless "realistic" turns against some expectations one might have made about them. This is as true of relatively minor characters as of the more important ones. When Martin, Ernesto's former lover is in a coma, and his sister comes to visit him, she reveals herself to Martin (and to us) not to be whom we might have expected her to be just from what she has said to Ernie on the phone. She's not a stereotype. Even in her brief scene, she is shown to be emotionally fraught. She has and is allowed depth.
No one in this film is a stereotype. No one is a type of any kind. The movie's realism, for lack of a better word, emerges not just from a keen eye-place is evoked time after time with simple but telling shots-but from its emotional attention.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Major on February 3, 2014
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I really liked this movie. I thought it was well acted, and the story told very well. The two main characters Ernesto and Gabe each sexy on their own, I felt had great chemistry. I thought this was an honest and very believable story. The movie ended before I was ready for it to end. I wanted to see what happens next. As mentioned by someone else, the story was about the journey of these two men getting together, however, I still wanted to see more.
Very well made and I thoroughly enjoyed this move.
I definitely recommend it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By derek on January 18, 2014
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If there ever was a movie that could describe gay men living in small-town America in the middle of the Heartland, this would be it. Pit Stop tells more of the development of two men in what makes them who they are, how they live and adapt in a small East Texas town. Even though the movie may take it's own sweet time getting to the final interaction between the two main characters, it gives us the necessary opportunity to get to know each one of them on more of a individual basis. In doing this, it gives us a chance to get know the not-so-perfect but just as engaging characters along the way. Some may be disappointed in the film because Gabe and Enrique do not cross paths but until the end, but as someone once said, our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Turfseer on January 20, 2014
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Recent Spirit Award nominees have cropped up in the past few years including 'Keep the Lights On' and 'In the Family', sensitively-made films on a gay theme. Now in 2014, we have 'Pit Stop', which is also as good as these fine predecessors.

'Pit Stop' focuses on two blue collar workers from Texas, Gabe and Ernesto (played by an excellent Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, respectively). We see each of their stories for most of the film separately, and note that both are getting over failed relationships.

In the case of Ernesto, his ex-boyfriend, Luis, is still living with him. He initially tells Luis he can take as much time as he wants to move out but changes his mind when the ex-boyfriend starts dating other men and keeps him up, while watching late night TV. Ernesto also visits another ex-boyfriend, who's in a coma, after being critically hurt in a car accident.

Gabe's situation is different. He's still living with his wife and young daughter but no longer sleeps with her. He recently broke up with a man and now is dating again. In a notable scene, Gabe goes out on a date with a teacher--who falls asleep on their date watching a foreign film in a movie theater. Gabe drives the date home, who apologizes for not wanting to see him again, as he makes it clear that he hasn't gotten over his last relationship.

There's also a sub-plot involving Gabe's wife, Shannon, who goes out with a co-worker, Winston, on a date. Shannon, desperate for physical companionship, gets drunk and puts the moves on Winston, who isn't ready to get physical on a first date.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Butler on January 19, 2014
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I have to agree with others who felt this was a good movie that ended just as it was warming up. All the acting was good, and the story felt honest. The two lead actors were terrific, with great chemistry. Clearly they were going to get together at some point. Interesting complications were set up amidst a web of friends and family. They finally had a date--as we knew they would--and then pop! the credits rolled. That's it? Wait, what happens next? And what about all those complications? Is there a sequel? I would love to see this re-edited with half an hour less setting up and some time exploring the main characters' relationship. And an ending, too. Oh well.
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