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Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon


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Product Details

  • Actors:  Margaret Whiting, Robert Alvarez   Jack Wrangler
  • Directors: Jeffrey Schwarz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CR49QG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon" on IMDb

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Product Description

Long before Jeff Stryker and Michael Lucas, Jack Wrangler was the number one name in gay porn, and his wild, unpredictable career and life is recounted in this funny, smart and sexy documentary.

Special Features:

  • Director's Commentary
  • Jack Wrangler Interview Outtakes
  • TLA Releasing Trailers

Review

Condenses the fascinating sprawl of Wrangler's life into a neat, bulging package! --Philadelphia City Paper

Customer Reviews

He really seems like a nice guy.
Glen D. Dietrich
For film historians, gay men over 30, and anyone who might hold an interest in this subculture and vanished piece of American film history..."Wrangler" works.
Jeffrey R. Johnson
This film is okay - but feels a little lightweight.
DonMac

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DonMac VINE VOICE on January 8, 2009
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Wrangler has a legacy that will put him in the gay history books forever, which is what I think he really wanted. Madonna may have learned a thing or two from his marketing startegy. Regardless, he was a very likable, sex icon for the 70's early 80's the likes of which we haven't seen in a long time. Really a product of the times, he had an impact that still ripples throughout the community.

This film is okay - but feels a little lightweight. It is easy on the drama and tells us a lot of the obvious. Interesting though is to hear him finally explain his marriage to Margaret Whiting and how that has worked all these years. Some of the comments he makes in interviews in the "extras" section are more interstesing than those included in the film.

Overall, enjoyable and great to see a documentary about a very worthy subject.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Kennedy on November 25, 2008
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The film is about his entire life and was very interesting and well worth the cost because for me Jack Wrangler was the hottest porn star ever, and its fun to know everything now. Also I purchased some of his older films, which are available on DVD. so here's to Jack, thank you for sharing all your beauty and talent with all of us, and for me, showing me how there are so many men from various backgrounds who enjoy each other, freely as they should. Although he was gay thru and thru, he still shared his beauty with woman in films, so ladies u may enjoy this as well, enjoy, kev
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey R. Johnson on January 28, 2009
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As a gay boy not of legal age when Jack Wrangler was in his "hayday" I became aware of him very early on, obsessing about this starkly beautifulu man and casting him in my youthful, sexual fantasies. At 44, I now had the wonderful opprotunity to learn about the man behind the myth, cliche'd as that sounds. "Wrangler" is a reasonably fair handed documentary look at one of gay porn's first stars, and dare I say it? Superstars. He was the first to cross-over into the heterosexual market, but far more remarkable was his ability to step beyond the boundaries of porn altogether, creating a life as a creative force on Broadway and ultimately marrying his soul mate...no less a woman, as much as surprise to him as to his devoted audience. In the interviews within this film, we find that Jack is forthright, witty, charming, and still quite handsome at 60. His willingness to be so candid about a life that many others would try to leave behind, makes him all the more likeable and strengthens his "legendary" status. The extras on this disk offer much more detailed anecdotes from his days in gay porn, and throughout all of the film Jack's innate sense of humor propels the film forward where the director might otherwise fail to do so himself. For film historians, gay men over 30, and anyone who might hold an interest in this subculture and vanished piece of American film history..."Wrangler" works.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ted Patchell on April 8, 2009
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Jack Wrangler passed away this week. I saw this film at last summer's Philadelphia gay film festival, and can recommend it to all who would like to know more about this sometimes contradictory, always interesting man. He was more than a "sleazy porn star," having achieved success behind the scenes in theater and being highly respected by his co-workers. And his relationship with the love of his life, singer Margaret Whiting, is surprisingly sweet and surprising. The film could never explain all - but it gives a portrait of Jack pretty well. He will be missed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2009
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When Jack Stillman took a new last name and bared it all before the camera, little did anyone know that this Beverly Hills child of privilege would become a name that would still resonate in the history of Gay Culture. In "Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon," director Jeffrey Schwarz gets Wrangler to open up about his life, both as a show-biz brat and as a man who grew up and out of an industry legend.

Using a broad array of personalities, from Rod McKuen to Samantha Fox, Wranger's life and times are entertainingly illustrated. Wranger was both a product of his times and someone who helped to define them: the fact that he was so eager to sell himself as a legitimate entertainer AND as a product line was unheard of before Wrangler did it. There are plenty of images from Wrangler's life and movies, smartly juxtaposed with the timeline. As Wrangler grows older, the life he chooses to lead with pop-diva Margaret Whiting is given a fair explanation; a part of his life that seemed inexplicable to many gay men when it first unfolded.

Funny, interesting, bemusing and at times bittersweet, "Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon" is both interesting as a portrait of the man and of the times he lived in. Given that Gay and Straight Porn was once looked upon as a potential art form (before VHS and Downloads made it a dime a dozen industry), "Icon" is the real life counterpart to Boogie Nights and a heck of a lot more historical.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on July 30, 2009
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Hmmmm, how do I write a review about a great documentary covering
one the of most explosive, controversial and pioneering icons of
1970's gay porn, and do it without my review getting rejected for
being inappropriate or lewd? (Cracks knuckles, clears throat!)

Okay, I'll give it a go!---Jack Wrangler was a galvanizing as well as
tantalizing figure to millions of gay men in a time when the gay community
was coming into it's own on the world stage and searching for icons to identify itself.
Here he was, this beautiful, virile, MASCULINE white man with washboard abs,
golden hair, the voice, the smile, and of course.. shall we say, THE GOODS!! (-:
He forever shattered the stereotype of the weak effeminate sissy who couldn't
defend himself, wore his mother's clothes, etc., which had been drilled into the
minds of mainstream society as well as many an isolated shame-filled gay man
who had been shunned, beaten up, and pushed far back into the closet!

Born into a very wealthy Beverly Hills family, he grew up alongside the spawn of
the old hollywood elite. But Jack Wrangler was a different kind of guy who could
move between the world's of the Hollywood elite and the low brow world of the
gay street life in L.A. during the 1960's. Trying to capitalize on his looks,
chiseled physique and Hollywood pedigree, he made a foray into the world of legit
movies in 1968. He did a few roles here and there, but nothing that made a big splash
or would've alerted the movie world that a new master thespian was on the horizon!
The thing that struck me about Jack in this docu-bio was his complete candor
and total lack of guile while telling his story!
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