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Leather Jacket Love Story

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After Kyle (Sean Tataryn), a naïve, 18-year-old poet, has a passionate one-night-stand with Mike (Christopher Bradley), a hunky, tough-as-nails biker, he thinks he’s found true love. Unfortunately for Kyle, Mike isn’t the type of guy that likes to be tied down… at least not in a relationship.

BONUS FEATURES:
Audio commentary with director David DeCotea, Deleted Scenes.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Tataryn, Christopher Bradley
  • Directors: David DeCoteau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z8ZC1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I just wanted to say Thank You to all you guys (and gals) who left the nice reviews.

I played 'Kyle' in Leather Jacket Love Story and got casted about a week before shooting.
Most takes were done just once.
It was a tough shoot in the sense that we didn't have a big budget, weren't paid very much and as mentioned, didn't get the chance to really do any re-takes.

However it was a film I wanted to do.
I was offered the part after approx 500 guys had auditioned.

David, the Director came to my acting class a week prior to shooting and told me he had been looking and looking for the lead for his new film and after seeing me in my acting class wanted me to play the part. Chris, who plays 'Mike' had been casted several months before I was.

I accepted the part then pretty much crammed to learn the ever-changing script in about a week.

This film was shot in 1996. Prior to this they were not showing sex scenes between two men like they do in many straight full feature movies.
Typically when the sex scenes would start in gay movies previous the camera would fade, or cut to a silhouette or move to bedroom curtains blowing in the night sky, hehe

The Director and Producer of this film believed the time had come for gay films to start showing sex scenes like straight ones do and they wanted ours to be the first.
It was for this pioneer element that I agreed to do the role.

I've read the reviews and noticed one reviewer writes that I got the part because I agreed to do the nude scenes. That isn't exactly accurate.
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I realized the depth of this film when I tried to come up with a descriptive title for this review. First came one idea and I thought, "Yeah, but it's more than that." Then another idea occurred to me and then I thought, "Yeah, but it's more than that."

Kyle, the beautiful blond 18-year-old poet, is a somewhat enigmatic character. He has a lot of sense and emotional self-possession and never tries to be something that he's not. His authenticity, his beauty captivates Mike, the jaded, leather sophisticate, considered the older man at the ripe old age of 29. Against the backdrop of hot man-on-man (simulated) sex and some great camp (is that term still in use?) is the vulnerability that comes with opening one's heart to another's.

The film was shot in black and white, which adds to the "B" movie ambiance I believe the director was aiming for. Everything about the movie clicks, from the writing, the excellent acting (campy when it needs to be, downright moving when it needs to be), and the superb direction, which guides the whole production.

How I would love to find out what happened to these characters fifteen years later. Sequel, Mr. DeCoteau?
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LEATHER JACKET LOVE STORY

(USA - 1997 - black and white)

Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

An aspiring young poet (Sean Tataryn) relocates from the Valley to LA's Silver Lake district where he's distracted by drag queens, sex clubs, gay bashers and a hunky older stud (Christopher Bradley) with whom he falls in love.

Shot in ten days for $60,000 in 16mm black and white, and inspired by Jean-Luc Godard's MASCULIN-FEMININ (1966), David DeCoteau's LEATHER JACKET LOVE STORY is something of an acquired taste. DeCoteau had toiled in the lower echelons of the exploitation movie business for many years (BEACH BABES FROM BEYOND, TEST TUBE TEENS FROM THE YEAR 3000, you get the picture) before commissioning screenwriter/poet Rondo Mieczkowski to write the gay drama DeCoteau had always dreamed of directing, and it took a year for the project to finally come together. But all good intentions are scuppered by a combination of threadbare production values and a reckless shooting schedule, both of which are characteristic of DeCoteau's directorial 'style'. Furthermore, the central romance isn't remotely believable, because - at the risk of sounding crude and disrespectful - Tataryn isn't attractive enough to warrant all the attention (he was chosen for no other reason than his willingness to perform the nudity and sex scenes!), and he plays the character as little more than a socially awkward debutante, completely at odds with Bradley's exerienced older guy, with whom he appears to have little in common.

Howard Wexler's low-tech cinematography struggles to maintain the fairy tale ambience suggested by Mieczowski's ambitious script, and as usual, DeCoteau allows too many dialogue scenes to continue well beyond the limits of endurance.
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I'm thrilled this is finally being released on DVD. I've had the VHS for several years. The story revolves around a somewhat spoiled gay young man just breaking away from his all-too-accepting family and trying stick his toe just a little further in the pool of gay life, and maybe scratch some itches along the way. His oh-so-worldy best friend thinks he should jump headlong into the fray, but the protagonist holds back, shielded by his poetry and his bourgeois values. The waves of neighborhood gay life pull him in, well over his head, into the larger chosen family, and it's quite a ride.

Black and white works for this. The casting is spot on. There are echoes of John Waters all over the place, but that's not a bad thing. The movie is dreamlike, and the story will stay with you.
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