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Circuit (2001)

John, a gay Illinois small town cop moves to Los Angeles, hoping to fit into a place more welcoming of his sexuality. He soon discovers the "circuit," where he meets an insecure hustler, who draws John into drug abuse and illicit sex.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Wade-Drahos ...
John (as Jonathan Wade Drahos)
Andre Khabbazi ...
Hector
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Gill
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Nina
Daniel Kucan ...
Tad
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Mark
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Julian
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Theater Stage Manager
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Doctor
Paul Lekakis ...
Bobby
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Gino
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Louise
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Andy
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Mike
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Storyline

John (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) finds himself regaining consciousness in a public bathroom at The Red Party. As he contemplates his image in the mirror, he flashes back to when he was a small-town Illinois cop, whose captain suggests a move to Los Angeles, in order for John to discover a more sympathetic environment. John packs up his truck, drives cross country, and moves in with his cousin Tad (Daniel Kucan), who's now living with his ex, Gill (Brian Lane Green) and Tad's new boy toy, DJ Julian (Darryl Stephens). Tad is making a documentary about the gay circuit and the party culture, while Julian is a circuit party DJ. Gill invites John to a Hollywood Hills party, where John meets Hector (Andre Khabbazi), a male prostitute, who's battling his personal demons of looks and age. John and Hector form a budding friendship as John experiences a downward spiral into the sex and drug-fueled world of the gay circuit party scene. Will John survive? Written by trivwhiz

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party | gay | illinois | sex | prostitute | See All (117) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong sexual and drug content, and for language | See all certifications »

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8 May 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$40,888 (USA) (28 April 2002)

Gross:

$235,087 (USA) (25 August 2002)
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Trivia

Probably the only movie ever made which begins with the first scene of the movie having the protagonist literally crawling out under a bathroom stall door in a public bathroom. See more »

Goofs

When Tad (Daniel Kucan) is video interviewing Bobby Ross (Paul Lekakis) in Bobby's dressing room, there is a shot of someone, with his face partially obscured, presumably Tad (since he is making a documentary), holding the camera and asking a question through a brass latticework screen. However, it is clear that it is not Tad who is holding the camera and speaking, but John Webster (Jonathan Wade-Drahos). Then Bobby answers, and when the person holding the camera moves to another angle, out from behind the screen, now it is clearly Tad who is speaking and holding the camera. Only two people are supposed to be in the scene. See more »

Quotes

Louise: You sell the drugs, which compromises judgment, which causes the unprotected sex, and contributes to AIDS in these younger kids.
Gino: We give them the condoms, don't we?
Louise: They throw the condoms away, Gino.
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Crazy Credits

After the screening of "Circuit," the fake documentary film within this film, the camera cuts to the exterior theater marquis where "Circuit, A Film by Tad Sawyer" morphs into "Circuit (2001), A Film by Dirk Shafer." See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Genesis
Performed by Wüshkin
Written by Tony Moran, Michael Lorello (as Mike Lorello)
Published by Mr. Tan Man Music/Muskapeeta Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 'Emerge Recording [us]' (as Emerge Records, Inc.)
© 2001 Emerge Records, Inc.
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a powerful film
12 May 2002 | by (Fresno, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the Reel Pride festival last November (2001), and couldn't stop thinking about it for days afterward. While it's been called a "wake-up call" to some members of the gay community it doesn't come off as didactic as it could. Instead you find yourself caring about the characters and wondering what will happen to them after the movie ends.

The only thing wrong with the film is the intended main character, i.e., the cop who leaves the repressive and hostile smalltown life for the wildlife of West Hollywood. While his character is not a static one, the changes that take place in his life seem to come as a result of his passivity rather than any active move on his part. This isn't helped by the bland and vanilla acting of Jonathan Wade-Drahos. Andre Khabbazi as the jaded Hector on the other hand brings much to his character, and so Hector becomes the one your heart goes out to. Wade-Drahos acting aside, this is a well-told story, and one that merits a wide release. Check it out as soon as you can. As for me, I can't wait for the video.


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