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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: #162,886 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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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In this age of ubiquitous internet pornography it may be difficult to grasp what a major impact Jack Wrangler had on the emerging gay community in the 1970s. A failed actor and director, he originally drifted into pornography as male model--where his super-masculine image startled both gay and straight men who had been taught to think of homosexuals as limp-wristed and effeminate. There was an immediate demand for him in gay film pornography and he was a tremendous success, making over eighty films, numerous personal appearances, and endless licensing deals.

Wrangler ultimately became a source of controversy for the gay community; although he himself was gay, he eventually moved into straight pornography, which had wider distribution and therefore bigger budgets and bigger salaries. Many of his gay fans considered him something of a traitor for this--but this flap was nothing when compared to his love relationship with singer Margaret Whiting, a union that dropped jaws and set tongues to wagging in every gossip column from New York to Los Angeles. Was he gay or straight? Was he just a porno star on the make for a wealthy and well-regarded recording artist? Just who the hell IS Jack Wrangler, any way?

WRANGLER: ANATOMY OF AN ICON answers most of the major questions. Mixing narration, vintage film clips and interviews with friends and family, the bulk of the film is a prolonged interview with Wrangler himself, who does a credible job of describing his Beverly Hills upbringing as John Stillman, his career, and his relationship with the twenty-years-senior Whiting. Are there unanswered questions? Of course there are.
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