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The Trip (2002)

Rosemary Alexander , Alexis Arquette , Miles Swain  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rosemary Alexander, Alexis Arquette, Dennis Bailey, Ray Baker, Steve Braun (II)
  • Directors: Miles Swain
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DD75N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Trip" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with director and cast
  • Deleted scenes with commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurette

Editorial Reviews

Miles Swan's romantic comedy The Trip spans 11 years, charting the lives of two men through the Gay Rights movement of the '70s, the conservative backlash of the Reagan-era, and through the AIDS epidemic. Straight, Young Republican author Alan (played by Larry Sullivan) meets Tommy (Steve Braun), a Gay Rights activist, while Alan is completing his anti-gay book. Falling in love with Tommy, Alan tries to avoid publishing "The Straight Truth," but an alleged friend of Alan's underhandedly sabotages him by not only publishing it but also securing for it a place on the bestseller list. As a converted gay man, this enrages Alan and also ruins Tommy's credit as an activist, thereby breaking them up for several years during the '80s. Finally, the two do reunite to pledge their eternal love, though under tragic circumstances. Relevant gay rights news footage, from Stonewall for example, historically sets each segment in the film, making the movie more realistic and educational. Alan and Tommy's plight to fight for the acceptance of homosexuality takes on metaphorical significance, while other characters in the film, like Tommy's best friend, Michael (Alexis Arquette), and Alan's mother (Jill St. John), bring the narrative humor specific to The Trip back into focus. At times, the movie verges on corny, but for the most part avoids cliché. The satisfaction one gets from watching a deep relationship unfold over the years makes this coming-of-age tale a meaningful reminder that there is absolutely no justification for keeping any couples in love apart. --Trinie Dalton

Product Description

When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin. Despite their many differences, they form a loving long-term relationship. In 1977, during Anita Bryant's crusade, an anti-gay book Alan wrote years before gets published without his consent. The book destroys Tommy's credibility as a well-known activist, resulting in Tommy and Alan's break-up. Seven years later, Alan is given a second chance, a reunion with Tommy and the opportunity to set things right.

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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Excellent on all accounts!!! May 17, 2004
By A Customer
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I just saw this film for the first time today, and I was blown away! I saw the trailer for it on a DVD of another (very bad) gay movie, and figured it was going to be along the lines of "Trick." God, was I wrong! This roller-coaster-ride is in my opinion the greatest gay film ever made (and I've seen a LOOOOT of movies). Male/female, gay/straight, I'd recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. The Trip is an against the odds love story set in the backdrop of the gay activist movement of the 70's and 80's. Alan and Tommy meet and fall in and out of love trying desperately to be together, but ultimately being torn apart by outside forces. Steve Braun is excellent and so is Ray Baker, who does a terrific job as the "Villain" of the story, and Alexis Arquette is always there to give you a laugh at some of the sadder moments of the film. This movie shows a great love between two men in a world that seems not to want to permit it. The ending alone would make the coldest person cry. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and go away satisfied. Anyone should watch this film gay or straight.
At the risk of being the kid at the end of the movie who thanks Alan for writing his book: thank you Miles Swain for making this film. I have never found a film that I could identify so strongly with. I'm 27, so I didn't live through Harvey Milk and Anita Bryant, (while I didn't go through the BIG anti-gay stuff, I came out ten years ago, pre-"Will and Grace," when gays still weren't mainstream) but my "Tommy," who was 12 years older than me, did live through that era. He would have absolutely loved this film... if he hadn't died two years ago.
And so this leaves me being Alan... too close to Alan. When it's right you just know, and like Alan, I was pushed out of the closet abruptly when true love came knocking.
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182 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent love story that's moving and loads of fun November 7, 2003
By A Customer
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The film, "The Trip", is a wonderfully told love story with a sense of humor, that just about anyone who has ever been in love can relate to. The story itself is fairly basic; the struggle with coming to terms with ones sexuality, first love, and how life can change us. However, it is how the story is presented with a balance of diverse characters, entertaining dialogue and timeless themes of love and emotion that make the film extremely entertaining. The characters are well written for their roles in the story, nicely developed and represented. Gay or straight, just about everyone can relate to this film on one level or another. The witty dialogue keeps the films' pace brisk and fun to follow. But, the gem of this film is its comedic presentation of the period in which the story takes place (70's and 80's). From the clothes to the hairstyles, the film gives us a hilarious reminder of the way we were. Everything about this film is just the way it should be; an intriguing story woven together with outstanding acting and masterful direction. Jill ST. John, who plays "Mary" has never been better. She plays a great character and it's obvious she's having a good time. This film will be a part of my DVD library for years to come and I anxiously await Miles Swain's next film!
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Timely, Sensitive Glance Over the Shoulder January 25, 2004
THE TRIP, written and directed by Miles Swain, is now available on DVD and perhaps in this venue it will receive the wider audience it justly deserves. So many of these independent little films that deal with important historical remembrances and social issues lack the funds for a wide theatrical release and PR. Unfortunate though that may be, releasing the DVD/VHS format for home consumption is bound to drive the messages so well presented here into the forefront of our thinking - especially with the increasing specter of AIDS burgeoning around the globe.
THE TRIP is an examination of the 1970s and 1980s and while it is a fine love story between two men at opposite ends of the political spectrum, it does not come across as a 'gay-only' film. Credit Miles Swain for bringing out not only a re-creation of the drugged out, hallucinatory 70s and the development of the effects 'post-Stonewall' on gay activism, but also including important film clip reminders of the Nixon/Johnson/Reagan era with its Anita Bryants/Harvey Milks/AIDS devastation. In this setting Swain introduces an intelligent gay man named Tommy (Steve Braun) who encounters a closeted confused 'Republican misfit' Alan (Larry Sullivan) and collide with great humor in the presence of the very funny Beverly (Sirena Irwin). Alan slowly opens the closet door and he and Tommy become lovers in a solid dignified relationship. Alan is a young novelist and during his closeted years wrote a book on homosexuality in a less than friendly light. Once with Tommy, Alan manages to prevent the book's being published only to have the dragon raise its ugly head four years later. Tommy leaves, Alan opines, and then with the ever present entries of Beverly and Alan's ex-chorus girl wise mother (in a memorable performance by the beautiful Jill St.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Trip. March 18, 2004
This commingling movie about tragic love story, off-beat gay cliché comedy and melancholy music box is a surprisingly good. Judging from the production company and its director, you are not to blame to have any prejudice to discard it as another straight-to-video gay movie. However, all things considered, this movie sincerely delivers what it promises: a love story throughout the troubled time of gay community.
Set in 1970s, the movie starts with a guy named Alan (Larry Sullivan, the famous face of numerous TV commercial and fashion catalogues) who is somewhat confused about his sexuality. Interested in discovering gay life style and publishing a book, Alan meets Steve(Tommy Ballenger) through a gay party. Although Alan is gay republican in closet and Steve is wide-open gay democrat, they build their strong relationship through mutual respect and love. However, with the culmination of heated social conflicts over gay movements, and with the jealousy of wealthy gay man, Peter(Played by Ray Baker, What Lies Beneath's Stan), Steve founds out Alan is the one who wrote currently best selling book that denounces gay life style as nothing but insanity. Although Alan tries to explain the book was written very long time ago and not supposed to be printed, Steve leaves after tear-jerking moments and Alan goes into the welcoming arm of cunning Peter. Years passed with sadness, agony and frustration of unfulfilled love, Alan finally meets Steve in Mexican desert where he was slowly dying. From there, they start their long over-due journey from Mexico to Texas. The unsettling atmosphere of Mexican desert and the glass-like frailty that Steve carries with, we lament over the lost time with hate and misunderstanding, and shamelessly hope for better to happen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Good Acting, Good Writing, Funny & entertaining, & heart wrenching. Great 70's retro actors and sets. A beautiful portrayal of self-realization/ discovery
Published 3 months ago by Gary M Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Really glad I purchased this....
A very good movie of the times and for today.... It's a tear jerker at the end, so be prepared.... 5 stars....
Published 10 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stoy
Great story bad acting . But it still got the message across . Like the second ending for better closer.
Published 11 months ago by Enrique D. Ramirez
3.0 out of 5 stars sad
Many of the movies I get from here are what I want, this one fit the Bill and I am happy.
Published 19 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Love Story.
The relationship that develops between Tommy and Alan is magical. From their turbulent first "date" at Alan's apartment to the end of the road trip; their love survives... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Stephan Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Feed Back for The Trip
This movie is one that I love to watch over & over again as it has two young guys falling in love & they have a book issue that split them apart. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Evan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trip
I thought I had already reviewed this product. I love the movie.
I hate when the site updates there sites and can't keep the ratings and notes on the items.
Published 20 months ago by John Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars My view of the Trip
I thought this was a touching story,The Trip I found it witty and well written. You will fall in love with the two main characters. Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by Randy V. Roberson
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yes. Get it!
This is a beautifully made and acted love story, with some truly funny moments (and a very, very attractive cast). There is, as in life, also tragedy. Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by Dookey
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Brokeback Mountain" Road Trip
Despite its sometimes low budget Quality and Acting- I truly enjoyed it! From laughter to sadness this movie will tug at all your emotions, but when the credits roll, you'll feel... Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by JohnQpublic
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