Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon
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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.
- Director's Commentary
- Jack Wrangler Interview Outtakes
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Condenses the fascinating sprawl of Wrangler's life into a neat, bulging package! --Philadelphia City Paper
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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.
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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