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Save Me, A Film by Robert Cary (2007)

Chad Allen , Judith Light , Robert Cary  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chad Allen, Judith Light, Robert Gant, Stephen Lang, Colin Jones
  • Directors: Robert Cary
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IFZLC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When Mark--a young gay man addicted to sex and drugs--hits bottom, his concerned brother checks him into a Christian retreat in the New Mexico desert. Run by a compassionate husband and wife team, Gayle and Ted have made it their life's mission to cure young men of their 'gay affliction' through spiritual guidance. At first, Mark resists, but soon takes the message to heart. As Mark's fellowship with his fellow Ex-Gays grow stronger, however, he finds himself powerfully drawn to Scott, another young man battling family demons of his own. As their friendship begins to develop into romance, Mark and Scott are forced to confront their true selves.

Featuring powerful performances and even-handed direction, this acclaimed drama is a subtly nuanced and deeply sympathetic look at both sides of one of the most polarizing debates in America: the conflict and possible reconciliation between homosexuality and Christianity.


Up there with Brokeback Mountain as one of the most powerful gay dramas of recent years. --Time Out London

A thoughtful, important film of exceptional insight and quietly devastating power. --Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Genesis to Revelations October 19, 2008
I literally just got back from seeing this movie not more than fifteen minutes ago at a local film festival; the fact that my first order of business is to write a review is a testament to how much it impressed me. I heard it mentioned only in passing some time ago and decided to look into it, and since the showing happened to be on a day when I had little else to do, I thought, well, why not? Good choice on my part.

I confess: I thought that I knew what to expect from this film. I mean, it's about a misguided gay man being sent to a Christian reformation program to cure him of his "sexual brokenness." Clearly lots of horrible things were going to happen! However, I was very much surprised for the better. I laughed, I found myself with watery eyes, and the audience even collectively gasped at one point. There are no "bad" people in this movie. Each character is weighed fairly and fleshed out into real, believable, understandable human beings, and I sympathized with each of them in a different way. And even though the film opens with contrasting images of a sex scene and an evangelical church congregation singing a hymn, this movie is by no means about gratuitous sex or pitching ideologies against one another with the aim of making one side look terrible.

I would have appreciated more attention being given to Mark's actual transformation inside "Genesis House"--the transition from him as a confrontational, unstable wreck to a well-manned and well-groomed member of the group happens abruptly and largely without explanation--but the film could only contain so much, and the great attention that was given to the exploration of human interaction and relationships made up for it.

"Save Me" has claimed a very early spot on my Wish List. I can't wait for it to be released.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and True to Life and Love March 16, 2009
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Save Me was the best film I have seen thus far dealing with ex-gay ministries. Having spent five years in therapy to `become straight' as well as working with two different ex-gay therapy groups, the movie spoke to me on a very personal level. My next step was to go to a place like Genesis house. It was a step I never took, and am so thankful that God allowed me to skip that particular event and instead let me begin my journey to who I am today: a healthy gay man, who loves who he is, loves his long-term, monogamous boyfriend, and is very happy with his life. Save Me, I felt, was a very realistic portrayal of those in the ex-gay ministries, both as clients and as founders/leaders of the programs. The gay men were believable and their stories valid and relatable. However, the true star of the show was Judith Light's character, the woman leading Genesis House. What I appreciated the most was how the film truly respected both sides of this issue and the people involved in it. From my experience, and I know there are others that had much worse than I, the leaders of the ex-gay ministries were not evil or filled with hate. They were so very much the opposite, people who genuinely loved the gay men and women they worked with, continuously giving of themselves in order to show us love, who's only genuine desire was to help us go to Heaven and live in God's love. And, like all of us, they were broken as well. Save Me did a beautiful job showing the love and the pain on all sides. As I sat watching the film, at times I was paralyzed by the memories that came back to me from my experience, as well as by thankfulness that God allowed me to avoid certain steps that I nearly took, and let me simply find His love and His acceptance as a gay man, instead of staying in such a state of eternal torment and struggle.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rank story-telling, acting and directing January 21, 2009
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Easily one of the best gay-themed films of the last 5 years. The film does a remarkable job of telling the story of Christianity and homosexuality and the intricate, often destructive dance between the two, but does so with subtle and thoughtful care. Not a bad actor in the film, the film quality is exceptional, and the writing is both brilliant and well-interpreted. It has a clean, spare, lucid feel that helps it transcend the usual shouting and finger-pointing done around the topic of "ex-gays" and people that purport to help gays and lesbians become straight. This is worth seeing regardless of your belief or perspective on this topic.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see! December 30, 2008
By Jeff B
I had read a review of the movie in one of the local Atlanta gay magazines early last year, which gave it a really good review. I had been waiting and waiting for it to be released in one of the local theatres so I could check it out, since I also really like Chad Allen and Robert Gant. Finally, it came here a couple of months ago and I went and saw it. I was definately not dissapointed! You can read some of the other reviews or the plot summary up top to see what the movie is about. I just wanted to say how wonderful the movie really is and what a terriffic job Chad and Robert (along with Judith Light and the rest of the cast) did. It was not overly dramatic or sappy, and the acting was totally professional, not over the top or amateurish like could be the case with a lower budget movie like this. The story itself was very well done and the pacing was just right- before I knew it, it was over.

I also read in the initial review that Allen and Gant have started thier own production company. If this is an example of what they plan on doing, I can't wait to see the next movie. I have enjoyed both of thier work for a while and am very glad they made the decision they did to come out. Do yourself a favor- rent or buy this when it comes out. It'll be worth it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I was disturbed, so it worked.
I would have gone 5 stars but the subject matter made me angry. Why the anger? You can't change who you are! Not with religion, not with brainwashing, not with beating.... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic story portraying the potential harm of sexual orientation change efforts.
Published 28 days ago by T. Bunch
5.0 out of 5 stars Not that we gay people need saving anymore than any ...
Not that we gay people need saving anymore than any other sinner. Look only to Jesus Christ, not any preacher, church or denomination.
Published 1 month ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Chad is wonderful in this movie.
Chad is great in is performance. Related to his beginning to the end of movie where he lets his heart lead him. Chad does so much work for LGBT community. Read more
Published 10 months ago by georgeofpalms
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
As both an atheist and someone who thinks these conversion programs are a crock, I watched this movie with the assumption that I would not like it; however, as you can see by my... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wabojeg
5.0 out of 5 stars Chad Allen is AWESOME
This film is a must see to me, Fantastic movie, dark and full of heart at times. I truly LOVED it.
Published 13 months ago by Dominic L. Pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! 5 Stars! Loved this FILM!
What a terrific movie! 5 Stars! Never before have I seen this type of subject matter handled in a more balanced and even handed way. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Cortelyou
5.0 out of 5 stars For Anyone From Ex-Gay Ministries
This is a great movie for anyone who has come "out" of the Ex-Gay ministries, as I have. The movie does not make the people in these ministries seem like bad people... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Vegan Viking
5.0 out of 5 stars save me
chad allen absolutely fabulous in this movie on buying i was not so sure soon changed my mind after watching
Published 19 months ago by allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Gant, Chad Allen and Judith Light? who could ask for a better...
I've always been a fan of Chad Allen from his "Donald Strachey" mystery films, and of course Robert Gant from "Kiss Me Deadly" and Queer as Folk. Read more
Published 20 months ago by old school movie lover
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