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  • Actors: Ben Redgrave, Butch Jerinic, Ben Berkowitz
  • Directors: Ben Berkowitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: WATER BEARER FILMS
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MWLY20
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Ten years is a long time in film years, the advances in technology alone is reason to revisit an older title, hence a new version of one of our best sellers, STRAIGHTMAN.
Thanks to a team of brilliant colorists and sound engineers the film has been digitally restored from the original 16mm footage, and color corrected to match the film print that played festivals around the world. Along with a remastered sound design and mix, Straightman has never looked and sounded better on home video. This 10th anniversary edition celebrates this film in a way the filmmakers had originally intended.

The story is the same:
Jack and David are good friends, so when both of them lose their girlfriends, they move into an apartment together. David looks forward to their shared bachelor life. Then Jack works up the courage to come out to his friend. Things change.
How these two different but similar men deal with that change and how their friendship and their other relationships fare in the midst of it all is the heart of this authentic and sharp humored film.

This disc will include all new extras including; a new trailer, Deleted scenes with special hilarious commentary by Ben and Ben and a never before seen behind the making of Straightman featurette IN THE COMPANY OF BEN.

Review

Straighman has the edge on authenticity...the entire ensemble seems to be living their roles --Kevin Thomas, LA Times

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3.4 out of 5 stars
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Todd C. Spears on November 5, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A rare find in today's film world "Straightman" shines as an independent film. While the film was done for very little money and it does show the movie works incredibly well on an emotional level. It also breaks new ground in the world of gay cinema in that it is one of the few films that deals with older men who are very blue collar. (why do 99% of gay films deal with impossibly beautiful young men?)
The story traces the friendship of two friends after their breakups with their girlfriends. After moving into together one begins to explore his gayness. This takes the friendship on some interesting turns especially when dealing with the first romance and heartbreak. While the plot is thin at times the film really is more of a character study between to friends as they come to terms with growing and changing. There are too many things to say as downsides to the film other than to point out some of the problems due to budget constraints - i.e. some minor sound and lighting problems. Over all I would say this is must see film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry Wilson on September 20, 2003
Format: DVD
I saw this film for the first time when it premiered at the 1999 Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), and I was absolutely taken by this movie.
This is without a doubt the best gay movie made by a non-gay (at least, officially) director I've ever seen. It doesn't play into any stereotypes, and the actors who play in it are regular Joes just like anyone else. That's the reason I liked it so much; it shows that you don't have to pretty and witty to be gay.
I actually got a chance to meet Ben Berkowitz at the showing, and one of the most impressive things that I found out about "Straightman" was that his budget was so low that he couldn't get permits from the Chicago Film Office to shoot in a lot of the locations he used (not to mention some of the things he wanted to shoot wouldn't fly with the city), and for me, that gave scenes like the sex scene in Union Station a sense of danger (apparently, they take a dim view of that kind of thing in Union Station).
All in all, if you haven't seen this movie, DO IT NOW! I love this film both as a true-to-life gay story and as a Chicago movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on July 16, 2003
Format: DVD
This film kicks ... I seen a lot of movies a been a life long NYer and let me tell you, These guys from Chicago can hold their own. Great story, honesty, real characters! No hollywood [nonsense]... they made this thing for no money and traveled around the world winning film festival awards.
Ben Redgrave especially deserved the nod as a great actor. Buy this now you will never see a more honest first film. Any one who doesnt get it just can't handle the truth I loved it
Bobby
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on October 25, 2002
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Essentially a "buddy movie" about two blue collar guys, one of whom happens to be gay, this 2000 film's low budget atmosphere somehow fits the setting and the characters. We meet David, a husky womanizer who works as manager of a tiny comedy club, and Jack, a quiet guy who is a carpenter by trade. Both are in their mid-late 20's.
When Jack's longtime girlfriend moves out, David helps Jack adjust to her absence, and the two friends find a larger apartment to share in the "low rent" district of Chicago. Shortly thereafter, Jack confides in David that, since his girlfriend left, he has been exploring his attractions for men, and has decided he is probably gay. David is openly supportive, though he has some "issues" that get resolved when the two have a talk. David is also faulted for occasionally being insensitive toward Jack's feelings (like when Jack falls in love with Carlos, a fellow tradesman, and David can't see that is more than "just sex" to him). David grows as a person as well, deciding that he too wants some stability in a relationship, unlike the overlapping affairs with women he has maintained in the past. One scene - with David drunk and being helped to bed by Jack - made me cringe that the screenwriter was going to go with the stereotypical "gay roomie seduces straight roomie" cliche' that one sees too often, but, thankfully, he refrained from that. In the end, both men realize what the other's support and companionship has meant to him, with both good and bad results.
The male leads are played by the two guys who wrote the film (perhaps autobiographical? Might be revealed on the commentary track, which I didn't listen to.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Hulse on October 23, 2003
Format: DVD
I think the idea behind this film was good and that the film quality was good. It was a bit slow and had a 70's feel to it. It is a late bloomer coming out story. The guy finally deals with his feelings at the 30 something stage of life and starts moving towards the life that he denied himself. He starts telling his friends and family as well as looking for that life partner he has always wanted. It was worth watching but not as good as it should have been. It is a fairly fresh view and will prove thought provoking. Not bad, just not great.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By membruto on August 27, 2004
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This is NOT a "gay" film. It is basically a character-study film of 2 "blue-collar" best-buds, one of whom happens to finally accept the fact that he is gay. It is an honest portrayal of their friendship and beautifully demonstrates the point that not only over-educated, over-achieving "yuppie-types" can have "deep, insightful, provocative, philosophical" thoughts and desires concerning their lives, hopes, and dreams.

It ain't a pretty film--actually, it's pretty-gritty. Some of the scenes and a lot of the dialogue is "intense." The beauty and intensity of the "graeco-roman" scene matches ANYTHING I've ever seen in any film with a zillion dollar budget. Much of the dialogue seems "improvised," and it really "works." Both lead actors/writers/directors are excellent in their roles.

I recommend listening to the actor/writer/director commentary--especially for those one-star "critics" who apparently "missed" a LOT!

And, as always, how I wish closed-captioning were a "law" and required for ANY film made these days. (This one does NOT have it)
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