Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon

Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Cast: Jeffrey Schwarz, Jack Wrangler, Margaret Whiting, Bruce Vilanch

     
 

1970s-era gay porn icon Jack Wrangler serves as the lusty subject of this biographical documentary tracing his trajectory from scrawny Beverly Hills brat to aspiring star and, ultimately, a brand name with his own exclusive product line. The son of a demanding Hollywood production executive who worked on the hit western series Bonanza, Wrangler would rise…  See more details below

Overview

1970s-era gay porn icon Jack Wrangler serves as the lusty subject of this biographical documentary tracing his trajectory from scrawny Beverly Hills brat to aspiring star and, ultimately, a brand name with his own exclusive product line. The son of a demanding Hollywood production executive who worked on the hit western series Bonanza, Wrangler would rise through the ranks to become one of the most successful adult film stars of his generation. Later in life, the charismatic stud would defy fan expectations by moving in with noted songbird Margaret Whiting and establishing himself as a legitimate theater director. In addition to featuring classic clips from some of Wrangler's best-loved films, this documentary also offers reflections by such noted fans as Marc Shaiman, Bruce Vilanch, and Chi Chi La Rue.

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This captivating documentary is colorful and wild enough to rival the best Hollywood potboilers. Indeed, the life of Jack Wrangler offers a combination of sex and plot twists worthy of Jacqueline Susann -- but it also wraps these elements around a fascinating, unexpectedly moving story of how one man's search for identity led to a series of fascinating adventures and a happy ending that no one could have predicted. Wrangler is positioned front and center to tell the tale and makes an excellent raconteur, mixing a showbiz-nurtured flair for the dramatic with a likeably self-deprecating sense of humor. His recollections are complimented nicely by commentary from fans (including notables like composer Marc Shaiman and comedian Bruce Vilanch) and co-workers. Director Jeffrey Schwarz has fun with the sexy and humorous elements of Wrangler's story but also gives equal time to the important societal and cultural threads that weave their way through Wrangler's life: along the way, there are thoughtful explorations of the rise of the gay lifestyle in 1970's, the history of gay pornography and how A.I.D.S. took its toll on those involved in both porn and show business. In short, Wrangler: Anatomy Of An Icon is not the novelty it might seem to be on its surface. It delivers the fun that cult/exploitation fans would hope for but does so with surprising (and welcome) amounts of intelligence and heart.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
UPC:
0807839003765
Original Release:
2008
Source:
Tla
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
59,055

Special Features

Audio commentary with Producer/Director Jeffrey Schwarz, Editor Jaime Meyers Schlenck and Composer Michael "The Millionaire" Cudahy; ; Jack Wrangler interview outtakes; Photo gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Wrangler Participant
Margaret Whiting Participant
Bruce Vilanch Participant
Marc Shaiman Participant
Christine Ebersole Participant
Sharon Mitchell Participant
Michael Musto Participant
Chi Chi LaRue Participant
Jamie Gillis Participant
Gloria Leonard Participant
Al Goldstein Participant
Gino Colbert Participant
Candida Royalle Participant
Samantha Fox Participant
Joe Gage Participant
Rod McKuen Participant
Robert Patrick Participant
Jerry Douglas Participant

Technical Credits
Jeffrey Schwarz Director,Producer
Gary Corrigan Cinematographer
Michael Cudahy Score Composer
Kevin M. Graves Cinematographer
David Hallinger Cinematographer
Rob Jakubik Cinematographer
Tanja Koop Cinematographer
Jack Mulligan Associate Producer
Grant Nellessen Animator
Jeff Nemetz Animator
Doron Schlair Cinematographer
Jaime Meyers Schlenck Editor
Taryn Teigue Associate Producer
Clay Westervelt Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon
1. The Runt [1:59]
2. Boys Beware [1:00]
3. In Pieces [3:03]
4. Jack Wrangler [:35]
5. Star Billing [3:07]
6. His Face [1:27]
7. The First [1:02]
8. Crossover Success [1:01]
9. On Cue [6:19]
10. Fun Couple [2:32]
11. The Hurt [:40]
12. Respected Now [1:36]

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