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Tom of Finland: Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1993)

Tom of Finland , Ilppo Pohjola  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tom of Finland
  • Directors: Ilppo Pohjola
  • Writers: Ilppo Pohjola
  • Producers: Alvaro Pardo, Kari Paljakka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • 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: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009VTYH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tom of Finland: Daddy and the Muscle Academy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New digital transfer of the film
  • Sketch gallery with over 100 Tom of Finland drawings
  • 40 minutes of extended interview outtakes with Tom

Editorial Reviews

Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen) is one of the major icons of the gay world. Taking inspiration from his World War II army days, 1950s American bodybuilding magazines and biker movies, Tom's erotic drawings of uniformed and leather-clad beefcake have become a permanent fixture of 20th-century iconography. Completed shortly before his death in 1991, this definitive documentary of the man and the artist combines interviews with Tom himself, commentary from his "leather men," hundreds of original drawings and steamy fantasy scenes inspired by his work.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time this came out on DVD! February 18, 2004
When I saw this in theaters, me and almost every guy in the audience wanted to lick the screen. This documentary is just as sexy as Tom's work. The artist is interviewed in Finnish, so (monocultural) Americans that don't like to read subtitles won't like it. It's full of talk about the leather community and those who find SM scary may dislike this documentary too. For those who like Tom's work, this is a great way to find out about the man himself. By interviewing Isaac Julien and talking about Tom's appreciation of black men, this film tries to be racially diverse. However, it may rub some as being fetishy. Gay artists have historically been just oppressed as gay authors or gay activists, especially artists who produce obviously homoerotic work. So Tom and this documentary are milestones in many ways. I applaud the director's efforts.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Erotic! June 23, 2004
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"Daddy And The Muscle Academy" is a wonderful DVD about Tom of Finland, a gay artist who has inspired an entire cultural wave for both gay and straight men all over the world.
Features an entire gallery of Mr. Finland's work, and lots of information about the artist himself; including personal history and sketching techniques, as well as small interviews with men who admire Mr.Finland and his work.
Highly Erotic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tom of finland : daddy and the muscle academy April 1, 2009
the best study to date i have found of the tom of finland works.
the interview with the artist himself is excellent and shows how to overcome diversity and publish your dreams.
can be enjoyed by everyone .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5, 2014
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great movie!
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