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Beefcake (1999)




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In Beefcake, Thom Fitzgerald (The Hanging Garden) uncovers the career of the 1950's photographer Bob Mizer, who was the founder and shining star of the Athletic Models Guild of America, a photographic agency for male models. Under the watchful eye of his mother and business partner, Delia Mizer, Bob kept a roster of scantily clad young men who would hang around the pool to get tanned or stand by for photographs (or appearances in short films). The pictures of the boys, who would pose in front of highly imaginative backgrounds, would be published in magazines such as "Adonis"' or "Tomorrow's Man." To avoid the censors, the male body would be discreetly camouflaged by the inclusion of body building machines and articles on health and fitness. All this seemed scandalous in the 1950s, but it's great fun to watch today. The director evaluates the homo-erotic substructure of this type of photography with gentle humor. Beefcake is a compilation of archival footage, dramatized scenes and interviews with the men who worked in front of the camera as well as behind it; the Guild's then-star model Joe Dallesandro also makes an appearance. Beefcake was screened as part of the Panorama section of the 49th International Berlin Film Festival, 1999.more
Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Thom Fitzgerald
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On DVD: Dec 12, 2000
Strand Releasing


Daniel MacIvor
as Bob Mizer
Joshua Peace
as Neil E. O'Hara
Carroll Godsman
as Delia Mizer
Russ Warner
as Himself
Dave Martin
as Himself
Jim Lassiter
as Himself
Joe Lietel
as Himself
F. Valentine Hooven ...
as Additional Narration
D'Arcy Poultney
as Joe Mizer
Lucy Decoutere
as Champ's Wife
Renee Penney
as Court Stenographer
Megan Richards
as Doris' Date
Timothy Phillips
as Young Bob Mizer
Sarah Dunsworth
as Blonde Kitten
Katy Pedersen
as Brunette Kitten
Randy Boliver
as AMG Model
Hegan Richards
as Guy in Diner
Mitchell Landzaat
as Arresting Officer
Stephen Arnold
as Newsstand Clerk
Jane Kansas
as Neil's Mother
Ed James
as Model
Bob Akers
as Model
Jim Walsh
as Model
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Critic Reviews for Beefcake

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Sorry debacle.

Full Review… | December 11, 2006
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Beefcake

This campy John Waters-que documentary-comedy is bound to satisfy many. It is also a story about resistance to censorship, entrepreneurship and individualism.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


Like the melancholy remininces of an old relative who lived through an exciting, even harrowing time, but no longer possesses the mental faculties to really flesh out the tale they're spinning.

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