Circuit

Circuit

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Director: Dirk Shafer

Cast: Dirk Shafer, Jonathan Wade Drahos, Kiersten Warren

     
 

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A man hoping to move out of the closet falls into a trap of drug-fueled hedonism in this cautionary drama. John (Jonathan Wade Drahos) is a police officer from a small town who is forced to leave his career behind when it is discovered that he's gay. Hoping to find more tolerant surroundings, John moves to West Hollywood and rents an apartment with Nina (Kiersten

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A man hoping to move out of the closet falls into a trap of drug-fueled hedonism in this cautionary drama. John (Jonathan Wade Drahos) is a police officer from a small town who is forced to leave his career behind when it is discovered that he's gay. Hoping to find more tolerant surroundings, John moves to West Hollywood and rents an apartment with Nina (Kiersten Warren), an old friend from his high school days. One night, John attends a party where he meets Hector (Andre Khabazzi), an attractive hustler with whom he quickly strikes up a relationship. Hector is a regular on the L.A. party circuit, and John soon falls in with him, but the endless barrage of music, drugs, and anonymous sex proves more than John can handle, and he soon develops a dangerous dependence on amphetamines. William Katt, Nancy Allen, and Bruce Vilanch also appear in the supporting cast. Circuit had its premiere at the 2001 L.A. Outfest, a festival devoted to gay and lesbian-themed films.A man hoping to move out of the closet falls into a trap of drug-fueled hedonism in this cautionary drama. John (Jonathan Wade Drahos) is a police officer from a small town who is forced to leave his career behind when it is discovered that he's gay. Hoping to find more tolerant surroundings, John moves to West Hollywood and rents an apartment with Nina (Kiersten Warren), an old friend from his high school days. One night, John attends a party where he meets Hector (Andre Khabazzi), an attractive hustler with whom he quickly strikes up a relationship. Hector is a regular on the L.A. party circuit, and John soon falls in with him, but the endless barrage of music, drugs, and anonymous sex proves more than John can handle, and he soon develops a dangerous dependence on amphetamines. William Katt, Nancy Allen, and Bruce Vilanch also appear in the supporting cast. Circuit had its premiere at the 2001 L.A. Outfest, a festival devoted to gay and lesbian-themed films.

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Release Date:
12/31/2002
UPC:
0807839000283
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Tla

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Circuit 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Circuir', Is a good movie. It has it's dark side, but it tells a good story. I was apprehwnsive about watching at first, but I found it to be a good story. The acting is good, and the storyline is enticing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really felt that the film captured the CIRCUIT party scene very well. I believe all the actors did GREAT jobs creating and fleshing out their characters. I was so surprised to learn that both Jonathan Wade Drahos and Andre Khabbazzi were BREEDERS ( Hetero men) since they really seemed to nail the whole "man on man" relationship rather well. Dirk Shafer's direction was GREAT. The supporting cast was wonderful. The music was excellent. Yes, the tale is dark, but, it could have been alot darker. I lost alot of friends to the CIRCUIT; in the film, only one character is lost. Other people who reviewed this film slammed its dialog, which, is really just nit picking. One must review the film as a whole, and, as a whole it works well. One line which really sums up the whole CIRCUIT BOY personality very well is uttered by HECTOR when confronted by Tina, he sniffs, " I dont like women or ugly men" HOW ACCURATE is that line? How TELLING is it? VERY. 99% of my friends, all CIRCUIT boys, would say it exactly the same way..Dirk Shafer nailed this aspect of the tribe very well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Much like Stuart Halpern¿s ¿When Boys Fly¿, ¿Circuit¿ directed by Playgirl centerfold-turned- director Dirk Shafer, tells the story of the underground circuit parties. But whereas ¿When Boys Fly¿ achieves as a documentary, ¿Circuit¿ falls a bit short, but is still quite entertaining as a fictional account. Most critics agreed the films downfall was gratuitous flesh, flat dialogue, and a thin storyline but were they really expecting Oscar material? This is a circuit party! Bring on the glamour boys and pulsating music for god¿s sake! Who wants to watch a film with average ¿joes¿ spewing Shakespeare and listening to classical music? Not me. I¿m here to have fun! Jonathan Wade Drahos plays Johnny, who comes to Los Angeles as a former police officer who was being harassed due to his lifestyle. His captain tells him he should move to somewhere more accepting, so off he goes to West Hollywood to stay with his cousin Tad (Daniel Kucan). Tad is an aspiring filmmaker who's shooting a documentary about the ''circuit,'' and has been getting financed from a sleazy party producer (William Katt). It¿s not long and Johnny has found his own place, and eventually meets up with an aging male hustler Hector (Andre Khabbazi) who introduces him to drugs, music and circuit parties. Johnny is resistant at first but before you can say, ¿lets dance¿, Johnny is doing drugs, shooting steroids and is dressing like a club kid. Enter Nina (Kiersten Warren), a stand up comic and ex- girlfriend of Johnny¿s. He runs into her at a club and offers her a place to stay. It doesn¿t take long and she sees what¿s happening to Johnny and her warnings fall on deaf ears and it isn¿t until a tragic event that Johnny finally wakes up from this nightmare world. Some cameos round the film out with Nancy Allen as a sympathetic cashier at the parties who helps Tad, Jim J. Bullock as a washed up movie star, and a performance by Paul Lekakis, remember the dance single ¿Boom Boom Boom (Let¿s Go Back to My Room)? Paul plays an exotic dancer/ performer Bobby, who is living with AIDS and who takes penis-enlarging injections before he performs. Can you say ¿ouch¿! This was his first film I believe and he does a fine job. But the one standout is Hector. Totally obsessed with his looks, he gets cheekbone implants and at one point makes love to himself in a mirror; he portrays a sad and troubled soul. Shafer does manage to include some interesting camera effects, hallucinatory visions, half-naked men grinding on the dance floor, and some actual scenes from various circuit parties. DJ Tony Moran and Centaur Entertainment's Nick DiBlase provide the pulsating soundtrack, which I enjoyed as well and is available on disc. Yes, the film is filled with hot men, plenty of gratuitous nudity, drugs, and may be thin on story and dialogue, but just kick back and take if for what its worth, it¿s a fun, fleshy ride. Welcome to the world of the circuit parties!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It tells the truth which may be hard for some to grasp or swallow. It shows that it is easy to get stung and strung instantly with a hard road to travel coming back. Of course the movie is not academy material, but it is well acted and sticks to the most important point: YA BETTER KNOW WHAT DA HECK YOUR DOIN' OR YOU'LL BECOME A STATISTIC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hector was very hot but when he says " I dont like women or ugly men" that IS very true of a lot of Circuit boys, and a little sad...