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Jeffrey
     

Jeffrey

Director: Christopher Ashley

Cast: Steven Weber, Patrick Stewart, Michael T. Weiss

 

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Based on Paul Rudnick's hit Off-Broadway play, this romantic comedy centers on the chaotic love life of Jeffrey (Steven Weber), a gay man who swears off sex only to fall in love with his ideal man (Michael T. Weiss). Jeffrey's vow of chastity is inspired by a fear of AIDS, a prospect which has started to terrify him so much that he decides he'd be better off never

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Based on Paul Rudnick's hit Off-Broadway play, this romantic comedy centers on the chaotic love life of Jeffrey (Steven Weber), a gay man who swears off sex only to fall in love with his ideal man (Michael T. Weiss). Jeffrey's vow of chastity is inspired by a fear of AIDS, a prospect which has started to terrify him so much that he decides he'd be better off never making love again. He is happy and relieved for a time, until he meets Steve, a handsome, charming dreamboat who also happens to be HIV-positive. Jeffrey wants nothing more than to be with Steve, but his anxiety over the disease and fear of commitment stand in the way. Much of the humor falls to Jeffrey's friends, including the sharp-tongued Sterling (Patrick Stewart), an outwardly catty but surprisingly good-hearted interior decorator, and his young boyfriend Darius (Bryan Batt), a performer in the Broadway musical Cats. Nathan Lane also contributes a memorable cameo as a questionable priest.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Judd Blaise
Though it may seem like unlikely subject matter for comedy, Paul Rudnick's script for Jeffrey finds hilarity in its main character's AIDS-phobia without trivializing the issues involved. The cast smoothly navigates the shifts from sincere romance to exaggerated satire, with Stewart a standout as Sterling. First-time filmmaker Christopher Ashley, who also directed the stage production, relies heavily on theatrical devices that may seem awkward to some viewers, but the strong performances and Rudnick's ear for witty dialogue get the film over the rough spots to remain an entertaining modern comedy of manners.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
UPC:
0027616878908
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steven Weber Jeffrey
Patrick Stewart Sterling
Michael T. Weiss Steve
Bryan Batt Darius
Sigourney Weaver Debra Moorhouse
Robert Klein Skip Winkley
Christine Baranski Ann Marwood Bartle
Nathan Lane Father Dan
Olympia Dukakis Mrs. Marcangelo
David Thornton Man
Irma St. Paule Mother Teresa
Peter Bartlett Casting Director
Victor Garber Tim
Barton Heyman Elderly Man
Camryn Manheim Single Woman
Ethan Phillips Dave, the sexual compulsive
Vinnie Capone Thug
Peter Maloney Dad
Debra Monk Mom
Michele Pawk Young Mother
Mary Bond Davis Church Lady
Lenka Peterson Church Lady
Gregory Jbara Angelique
Albert Macklin Slave
Sarah Peterson Nurse
Joe Ponazecki Uncle Barney
Alice Drummond Grandma Rose
Henry Stram Cousin Gary
Christopher Davis Cater-Waiter Dancer
K. Todd Freeman Barney's Waiter
Kathy Najimy Acolyte
Kevin Nealon TV Reporter

Technical Credits
Christopher Ashley Director
Mark Balsam Producer
Stephen Endelman Score Composer,Songwriter
Michael Johnston Production Designer
Mitchell Maxwell Producer
Kevin McCollum Executive Producer
Jerry Mitchell Choreography
Paul Rudnick Co-producer,Screenwriter
Marcia Shulman Casting
Cara Silverman Editor
Jeff Tufano Cinematographer
Deborah Zoller Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/"I Love Sex" [2:24]
2. No More, Ever - Except... [6:02]
3. "You Need a Boyfriend" [2:13]
4. It's Just Sex [2:42]
5. A Talented Actor-Waiter [2:14]
6. Hoe-Down for AIDS [6:00]
7. Gay Role Models/Disclosure [7:03]
8. Evangelist With a Bat [7:38]
9. New York's Most Stylish [1:59]
10. Just Trying to Forget [5:40]
11. Substitute for Everything [3:59]
12. Parental Advice [3:41]
13. Cruising a Memorial [3:38]
14. At the Ballet [1:47]
15. The Secret of Life [7:55]
16. A Time for Parades [5:11]
17. Out, Proud and Moving [4:10]
18. Departed for Parts Insane [7:17]
19. One Good Reason [7:01]
20. End Credits [5:10]

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