Circuit (2001)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance


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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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3 January 2003 | RitchCS
View the Director's Cut before you judge!!
I'm glad I waited for the Director's Cut DVD to see "Circuit". From reading all the flames I've seen on the posts here, I dreaded seeing the movie. However, the "Director's Cut" is even longer with nearly 30 deleted scenes and very frankly, I could have watched another hour. I suppose the Circuit scene is all in the perspective of how you view it. To me, Dirk Shafer captured a true and accurate account of the entire Circuit. The acting is not all that bad. There are many notable performances. One scene in the deleted segments SHOULD have been left in...that of Hector taking an eyebrow pencil and marking the places on his face that he would like to have refurbished by plastic surgery to refurbish his youth. At this point he has a nervous breakdown. I think that would have helped explain a lot that was left out in the edited theatrical version. For those who have prurient interests, male frontal nudity and more explicit sex are also included. Locally, in my home town, Ft. Lauderdale, the drug scene in the Circuit is rampant. Maybe that's why we register more cases of HIV than any other city in the nation. The film can be brutal to watch. It's not preachy but there's a great lesson to learn and observe in this film if you're open-minded enough to accept the subjects at face value. I would suggest that that are too few good gay films being made and when one such as this is produced, "queens" (who are the most critical audience in the world) often deter new and better gay films by their over zealous comments. Give the uncut DVD a screening and make your own mind up! Don't be quick to excuse it by a few nasty comments. You might be as I, and find the film rewarding and enjoyable. As for Andre Khabbazi, this guy could make it big in movies. The character of the aging, AIDS infected, former porn star, played by Paul Lekakis, is one of the most honest portrayals I've ever seen. Kudos to William Katt, Jim Bullock, and Nancy Allen for offering their professional talents in helping to make this film first rate. Don't let me or other critics who have posted ruin you prospect of missing a good movie. See the Director's Cut on DVD and make up your own mind. I'm glad I did!

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Trivia

Several small role or background actors later starred in their own gay films or TV series. Darryl Stephens, who played Julian, starred in Boy Culture (2006), appeared in Another Gay Movie (2006), and starred in the cable films and TV series Noah's Arc (2004), Noah's Arc (2005), and Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008). Craig Chester, in a bit role as White Party Customer in this film, later wrote, directed, and starred in Adam & Steve (2005). Nicholas Downs, who later played the lead in Is It Just Me? (2010), had the small part of an Overdosing Circuit Boy. Several extras have full-frontal nudity scenes. None of the main actors though.


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.


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.


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."


Soundtracks

You Got the Groove
Performed by
Kevin Aviance
Written by Kevin Aviance, Ari Gold, Brian Wright Keller
Published by Beyond the Beat Publishing (BMI), Boogie Sauce (BMI), Ghost Dance Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Kevin Aviance, Ari Gold
Courtesy of 'Emerge Recording [us]' (as Emerge Records, Inc.)
© 2001 Emerge Records, Inc.

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