The Trip

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Overview

Miles Swain's gay love story The Trip traces how two opposites -- a political conservative and a gay rights activist -- fall in love over the course of a decade. The film comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, who discusses his personal motivations for making the film. Deleted scenes, bloopers, and interviews with the cast (including stars Larry Sullivan and Steve ...
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Overview

Miles Swain's gay love story The Trip traces how two opposites -- a political conservative and a gay rights activist -- fall in love over the course of a decade. The film comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, who discusses his personal motivations for making the film. Deleted scenes, bloopers, and interviews with the cast (including stars Larry Sullivan and Steve Braun) round out this solid package that should help the film find a wider audience, especially among genre enthusiasts.
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Special Features

Commentary with director and cast; Deleted scenes with commentary; Bloopers; Behind the scenes featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • UPC: 807839000610
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Tla
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,132

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Larry Sullivan Alan Oakley
Steve Braun Tommy Ballenger
Sirena Irwin Beverly
Alexis Arquette Michael
Ray Baker Peter
Jill St. John Mary Oakley
Julie Brown Out Loud Receptionist
David Mixner Himself
Rosemary Alexander Louise
Dennis Bailey Larry
Alfred Dennis George Baxter
James Handy Hal
Art Hindle Ted Oakley
Connie Sawyer Barbara Baxter
Miles Swain Mark
Technical Credits
Miles Swain Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Ned Adams Associate Producer
Kristen Anacker Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles L. Barbee Cinematographer
Tom Blount Executive Producer
Steven Chesne Score Composer
Cherie Sevilla Granger Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Gustaff Editor
Scott Kevan Cinematographer
Houston King Producer
Natanya Marks Associate Producer
Jay Patterson Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Pinney Sound/Sound Designer
Gale Salus Casting
David Touster Production Designer
Donna Willinsky Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Los Angeles '73 [7:55]
2. Is This a Date? [9:37]
3. A Straight Republican [7:25]
4. Sexual Deviants [6:11]
5. Surprise Visit [4:53]
6. All You Need Is Love [7:29]
7. Published [7:08]
8. Picture Perfect [7:21]
9. Girls Just Want Alan to Have Fun [9:48]
10. On the Road [6:44]
11. Guns & Gas [8:03]
12. Gay Heaven [7:16]
13. True Love [2:39]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapter Select
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Alan Rejects Mark
         Alan at Drug Party
         Peter Rejects Alan...Again
         Beverly Philips Talk Show
         Break Up 1
         Break Up 2
         No Money, No Honey
         Alternate Ending
         What's That Smell?
         Michael's Moment
         Play All
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
      Bloopers
      Off Their Knees & Out of the Bushes: Behind the Scenes Featurette
      Director/Cast Commentary On
      Director/Cast Commentary Off
   Trailers
      The Trip
      Latter Days
      Km.0
      9 Dead Gay Guys
      Luster
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    an emotional journey between two people who through the ups and downs of life love each other.

    This movie connects the historical events of the 70's and 80's with the lives of the character. Although there is no happy ending there is some humor. The actors were amazing and the relationship between the two lead characters was believable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extremely powerful and very touching!

    I did not expect much when I read the film's description--a gay activist and a conservative Republican. My first thought was YUCK. But I was pleasantly surprised. What a powerful love story, and oh how touching! I enjoyed the film and do not regret buying it. Some viewers, however, will note striking parallels with a sentimental straight movie of yesterday, the one called "Love Story." If you are old enough to remember that movie and liked it, you should love this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure Gold

    March 8, 2005 Reviewer: Justin Fish (Cos Cob, NY) - See all my reviews My partner and I just saw this movie and it was really worth it. We just ordered it so that we can have a copy of our own. We were reading reviews on Friday to get a sense of what good gay themed movies we'd missed. I don't know how we missed this one. It doesn't have skin and the characters won't be going to any 'white party''s anytime soon but this movie had spirit, heart, values and it was just really heartwarming. I cried at the end. I agree with all the reviews that bring in their own lives. This totally shows how two people who love each other can overcome all obstacles. Even though one character dies their love lives on. It sounds really trite but I am just not doing it justice. See this for yourself and do it with good friends or, better yet, the person you love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth seeing!

    Loved it, definately a movie to cuddle up with someone. It will definately make you laugh and cry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a must see moive gay or straight

    I wasn't feeling well so I decided to rent a video. I just wanted to curl up in bed and watch a movie. I never heard of this movie, but the box was staring at me in the video store and I had to rent it. I am so glad I did. I laughed, I cried, I was a bundle of emotions but I LOVED this movie so much that I watched it twice in a row. I told my boyfriend about some parts and now he doesn't want to watch it. I should hit him in the head with the box. Maybe he will rethink it and watch it with me. Anyway, You should rent this movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!

    I haven't cried or laughed this much in a long time. Definitely a movie to curl up with someone and watch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Haven't seen dramedy like this since Ghost

    I consider myself a movie person. I love movies. When I saw the trip it hit home. I touched my life so much. It was laught out loud funny while still showing the ups and downs of love. The love between the two boys were amazing; it made me jealous quite frankly. This movie should be on any one's viewing list straight or gay. It was a wonderful film that will be one of my favorites forever! Write me if you agree/disagree.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's worth viewing

    The Trip is worth seeing just for Jill St. John! This movie is full of bad hair, good laughs, and some sweet romance. It's a little bit like a gay Thelma and Louise. Larry Sullivan shows some serious acting potential in this film and the part of Beverly provides great comic relief.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Trip Worth Taking

    ¿The Trip¿, the feature debut by writer/director Miles Swain, is one of the best gay themed films I¿ve seen in the past year. Although it does have it¿s shortcomings with some uneven acting and may try to tackle a bit too many plotlines, ¿The Trip¿ overall is a fun filled journey you don¿t want to miss that¿s both touching and heartfelt. The story spans 11 years beginning in 1973 as Alan Oakley (Larry Sullivan), a young, straight, Republican newspaper reporter is working on a book about homosexuality called The Straight Truth. At a party of a friends, an older lawyer named Peter, Alan meets Tommy Ballenger(Steve Braun), an outspoken gay activist from Texas. Tommy is played by Steve Braun who gives an energetic performance to his role as does Larry Sullivan and both have a great chemistry between them. The two instantly hit if off and when Tommy is asked over to dinner by Alan, he thinks he¿s found his true love. Much to Tommy¿s surprise when he arrives he¿s greeted by Alan¿s girlfriend Beverly (Sireana Irwin), who although being a dizzy blonde can see the attraction between the two. Without giving too much away Alan and Tommy do become a couple but not without some ups and downs. The film traces their friendship through the years with some nice montages of gay history interspersed throughout with the likes of Anita Bryant¿s anti-gay crusade, gay activism, and the aids crisis. Also worth mentioning is the soundtrack that also reflects the times and is put to good use featuring disco, new wave and various hits from the 70¿s and 80¿s, like America¿s ¿Horse With No Name¿ and Missing Persons ¿Destination Unknown¿, a surprisingly nice touch. Supporting roles include a really funny Alexis Arquette, as the campy friend Michael, Jill St. John as Alan's ¿queer friendly¿ mother and a small cameo by original MTV veteran, comedian, Julie Brown. The movie¿s finale brings Alan and Tommy together again ala ¿Thelma and Louise¿ and takes them on a trip together, spiritually and emotionally, hence the title. Some of the scenes are a bit campy and over-the-top, the dinner party fiasco, and some a bit outlandish, gas station stickup, but for the most part it¿s a nice love story/ friendship that spans a turbulent time and is a nice homage to gay history. ¿The Trip¿ is an enjoyable ride!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best indie film ever

    This has something for everyone. This is a romantic comedy with drama and action adventure. The first epic film to feature gay/lesbian characters. This film about opposites attract is laugh-out-loud funny and heart wrenching all at the same time. LOVE THIS FILM!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous!!

    Simply touching. Very moving. And Funny

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