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The Trip (2003)



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Stretching from the 1970s to the 1990s, The Trip chronicles the often turbulent romance between two gay men. One night in 1973, teenagers Tommy (Steve Braun) and Alan (Larry Sullivan) meet at an L.A. party. While Tommy is openly gay and organizes for gay civil rights, Alan, an aspiring journalist, is a repressed, button-down member of the Young Republicans who is working on his first book, a thick volume about the evils of homosexuality. On the pretext of interviewing him for his book, Alan invites Tommy to his house for dinner, where the sexual tension between the two is so throbbingly blatant that Alan's girlfriend makes a hasty exit. An intense romance between the two men follows. When we next see them, it's 1976, and Alan's book has been published anonymously and is being used by right-wingers who are supporting Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children" campaign in Florida. Unfortunately, Tommy finds out that Alan wrote the book and leaves him, and subsequently takes up with Peter (Ray Baker) an affluent closet case. It isn't until the '90s that Alan and Tommy meet again, and are confronted by the romance they thought they had long left behind. The Trip was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

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Larry Sullivan
as Alan Oakley
Steve Braun
as Tommy Ballenger
Ray Baker
as Peter Baxter
Dennis Bailey
as Larry Jenkins
Sirena Irwin
as Beverly
Jill St. John
as Mary Oakley
Art Hindle
as Ted Oakley
Julie Brown
as OutLoud Receptionist
David Mixner
as Himself
Cy Carter
as Young Guy
Alfred Dennis
as George Baxter
John Harnagel
as Middle-Aged Man
Doug Lee
as Stoner
Alejandro Patino
as Gas Station Owner
Geoffrey Rivas
as Police Officer
Al Rondon
as Motel Manager
Faith Salie
as Young Woman
Connie Sawyer
as Barbara Baxter
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Critic Reviews for The Trip

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16)

Despite its flaws, it eventually gets under your skin and is sweetly moving.

September 25, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

There is absolutely nothing that hasn't been said more compellingly and originally somewhere else, and said often.

September 5, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The story's third-act detour into tragedy is predictable and unwelcome, providing a resolution that is too pat and familiar to be moving.

September 5, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

By the time it's over you'll be able to fill a bumper sticker with everything you've learned.

August 1, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The screenplay has huge holes, character motivations are inexplicable, the tone switches from serious to loopy and back to serious, and the editing is choppy and uneven.

Full Review… | July 21, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The Trip almost dares you not to like it, even when its script heads in all the wrong directions.

Full Review… | July 10, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Trip

After 2 decades of courting and drama, a young couple goes to Mexico searching for a cure for HIV. Campy as hell and filled with progressive propaganda, the Trip felt short on a good premise.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

I wasn't sure about this movie during the beginning but it turned out to be a really good love story.

Scott Alvarez
Scott Alvarez

A captivating small film dealing with the relationship of two gay men over many years and the surrounding upheaval of the gay movement. Many wonderful supporting performances contribute to the overall goodwill of the film. Sirena Irwin is a sketch as Beverly the trend jumping greek chorus and Jill St. John an absolute scene stealer as Alan's boozy wise mom. The musical score is also loaded with excellent choices which really set the right tone for each scene. It all boils down however to the chemistry and performances of the two lead actors which are strong and makes you really like and root for the characters through their journey.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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