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Whirlwind (2009)

Mark Ford , David Rudd , Richard Lemay  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Ford, David Rudd, Bryan West, Alexis Suarez, Desmond Dutcher
  • Directors: Richard Lemay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: WOLFE VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KF6F8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Whirlwind" on IMDb

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The banter is witty and the sex is hot, securing Whirlwind a sure spot in gay boys' hearts. - Southern Voice.

Whirlwind is a very well crafted and enjoyable film with convincing characters facing real issues and challenges... The acting is uniformly excellent... There is also ample sex and eye candy for the voyeur in all of us. Exceptional cinematography and cutting complete the package. Michael Klemm, CinemaQueer.com --Wolfe

WINNER Best Feature Audience Award - Atlanta OutOnFilm Festival

WINNER Jury Award: Best Male Feature - Long Island Gay Film Fest

Official Selection OutFest
Official Selection NewFest
Official Selection Melbourne Queer Film Festival --Wolfe

Product Description

Handsome David Rudd stars as Drake, a sexy and charismatic stranger who infiltrates a group of good-looking, successful, thirty-something gay men in New York City. The flirtatious Drake spices up the lives of this tight knit circle of friends, but soon creates unexpected drama. Drake has a bitter past filled with hurt and betrayal. He thinks that all gay men are cheaters and resents anyone who seems happy and committed. He proceeds to manipulate, seduce and tear apart these friends to prove that no one deserves happiness. Will these friends survive Drake's cunning schemes or prove that love and friendship can prevail against all odds?

A smart and sexy story about the complexity of gay relationships, this touching, funny ensemble film explores non-monogamy, commitment, friendship, getting older and more.

WHIRLWIND hails from director Richard Le May (200 American) and writer Jason Brown (Tender Places). The film's cast also includes talented stage actors Brad Anderson (A Chorus Line), Desmond Dutcher, Mark Ford (Rent), Alexis Suarez and Bryan West (Hairspray).

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done, feel-good movie January 27, 2009
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This was a terrific movie, one of the best gay movies I've seen. It's intelligent, funny, touching, smart.... I could go on, but you get the idea. The acting is great and the dialogue is very well written.

I loved the premise of this movie. The protagonist sets out to destroy the relationships between a group of people to satisfy his own bitter and twisted ends. Unfortunately, he doesn't count on the fact that these people have deep and honest feelings for each other. I won't say more, just that this movie has a very satisfying ending.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it for the sex January 23, 2010
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Unless I got a defective copy of the DVD - THERE IS NO NUDITY IN THIS FILM and hardly any sex (on camera). That aside, I liked the broad, narrative outlines of this film. All of the writer and director's best friends found speaking roles in it, I believe, and every "good" line found it's way into the script, regardless of whether it fit with the timing or flow of the scenes. This is one of those films where I wish someone would take the story arc, the premise, the settings and make a good, film out of it - even one which contains some explicit lovemaking. Explicit sex and a lot more nudity would not have been out of place in this, mediocre version of the film. In fact they would have helped. But as it stands, this was an okay film which would be appropriate for gay teenagers or to watch with one's mother. It's that tame. Oh, and could someone tell the characters that if they lay off the drugs they might be able to plan a party in fewer than the three months it seems to take in the film? Just a thought.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The dating experience for NYC gay men is a "Whirlwind" (2007) of players, a compulsion to be judged as "hot," manipulative jerks, and missed opportunities ... at least as it is portrayed in this commendable gay indie film, which won several audience awards at gay film festivals.

It features a solid cast of actors, many with Broadway stage credits, who come together to realistically portray a diverse group of thirty-something gay men, along with assorted "straight but not shallow" friends. Likely the characters were written to be stereotypes of a sort intentionally, to assure the viewer would be able to identify with at least one or two of them. There's the monogamous gay couple, having some problems with maturity and responsibility, and a handsome and personable guy who seems to have an aversion to dating the same guy twice. Add in a quiet man who has still not "moved on" from the sudden death of his partner in an auto accident two years before, and then there's the likeable but plain guy who keeps asking his friends for advice on how to better live his life. The dynamics of this closeknit group of friends is strained by a handsome newcomer, an event planner at local bars, who feeds on others' insecurities and manipulates them for his own amusement.

Although very well acted and directed, the situations seemed way too contrived to me, and best I can give it is four stars out of five. The DVD includes director commentary, a video of the actors' first table read, and a behind-the-scenes slide show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you have some time... August 27, 2010
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I had watched it without checking reviews posted on Amazon. I did it later. I can't agree with people, who call the movie very good and with those, who criticize it.
The main characters are likeable, but there is little chemistry between them. And the plot seems in some parts quite ridiculous (hmmm, 5 men, some of them in their late 30's behave like puppets in the hands of one mean gay...pls!)
I gave it 3 of 5 because it didn't hurt me to watch it till the end. It is not on my list "to buy", but if you have some time and possibilty to rent it, do it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This film constantly offers, tantalisingly, more than it delivers visually as filmed with perhaps all too much restraint, but "Whirlwind" is a potently sexy video, for all of that. Reviews and descriptions elsewhere on the WWW give a very good idea of the plot and character motivations that drive "Whirlwind", and I refer those who want to know more of that to such descriptions and reviews elsewhere on "The "Web". I would add simply that, for all its merits, this film (like so many others from the Wolfe Video and Pride labels) has the feel and production values of television. It comes across rather as an extended "gay sit-com".

For those for whom David Rudd (Drake) draws a sharp intake of breath for the teasingly (and potently) sexual arousal (but pants-on) that the photo on the DVD's front box cover (of Drake staring at himself in a mirror) can evoke, it should be noted that there really is not much nudity that would reveal more of Rudd's splendidly virile physique; even that cover photo does not correspond to any specific moment of what the viewer sees of David Rudd in the film.

Rudd's Drake has some very torrid embraces with other good-looking men here and there (not all of them members of the intimate friendship group the portrayal of which is the centre of interest in the film), kissing them passionately, as Drake so locks lips in hearty lust with nearly any man in whom this cynical sensualist takes an interest. During such moments, even the shirtless views of Rudd's potent and hirsute male beauty are few and only partially revealing. Neither is there any truly full-frontal nudity of any others of the film's actors, some of whom are quite attractive. More male nudity, tastefully handled, in a film with this kind of plot could have been quite appropriate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy
Very nice story. I would watch this over and over again. Thank you for making this movie!
Wonderful scenery and setting.
Published 3 months ago by Jimmy L. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good feeling to be able to give a five star rating for a little...
There were many things that I enjoyed about this film. The musical score was the most noticible. Very good use of Jazz throughout the film and played in the appropriate places. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thierry
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel good movie
Some good acting here.And I really enjoyed this very relevant movie.Also great to see Karma at work here.Think that most guys will be able to relate to this movie
Published 17 months ago by P. S. Lesch
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget this one!
Last night I was going through my movies searching for one to loan to a friend. In the process, I cam across this little gem and did not remember anything about it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Charles Dickens
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
2 or 3 stars? I really could not decide.
Whirlwind is nothing special. Mediocre actors with a less than mediocre script and a very predictable ending. Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Mikey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Choice - Done before
Overall, the movie was good. The acting wasn't bad, though at times it could've been better. The story line was well done, but it reminded me of other movies - 'the concept has... Read more
Published on November 10, 2010 by Rodger Carter
1.0 out of 5 stars Very weak
I am disappointed in this movie. I obtained it based on reviews here at Amazon, but found it to be simple, cliched, and seemed to stick to gay stereotypes.... Read more
Published on October 19, 2010 by Scott V. Eastman
5.0 out of 5 stars Whirlwind (2007)
I saw this movie without much hope to find something worthy, since I read only negative reviews around. Read more
Published on July 5, 2010 by Elisa
3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING!!!
The concept of the movie is great, but I wish I could say the same for the acting it was pretty terrible. Read more
Published on March 19, 2010 by K. Celestine
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Many slow points in this movie. Some pretty unrealistic scenarios as well, I thought. Overall I'd give it a C+, but it definitely was not worth the $23.
Published on February 14, 2010 by H2OSki
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