Trick (film)

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Trick
Trick poster.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Jim Fall
Produced by Jim Fall
Eric d'Arbeloff
Ross Katz
Written by Jason Schafer
Starring Christian Campbell
John Paul Pitoc
Tori Spelling
Music by David Friedman
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Edited by Brian A. Kates
Production
  company
Good Machine
Roadside Attractions
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release date(s)
  • January 27, 1999 (1999-01-27) (Sundance)
  • July 23, 1999 (1999-07-23)
Running time 89 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $450,000[2]
Box office $2,087,228[3]

Trick is a 1999 American gay-themed romantic comedy film starring Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc and Tori Spelling.[4][5] Independently produced by Eric d'Arbeloff, Ross Katz and Fall, the film was written by Jason Schafer and directed by Jim Fall.[4][5] Trick premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1999,[5] and was later released theatrically by Fine Line Features that July.

Plot[edit]

Gabriel, an office temp by day and aspiring Broadway composer by night, becomes smitten with Mark, a go-go dancer, in a gay bar with whom he makes eye contact. The two meet again in the subway that very night, and go back to Gabriel's place to have sex. They're thwarted in the attempt, however, first by Gabriel's aspiring actress friend Katherine, who is obsessed with her role in an adaptation of Salomé set in a women's prison, and then by Gabriel's roommate Rich, who returns home with his girlfriend Judy, with similar (and conflicting) plans for the apartment.

Gabriel and Rich argue over which of them should get to use the apartment that night, and decide to settle the matter with a coin toss. When Gabriel loses the coin toss and he and Mark have to leave, Gabriel seeks out his friend Perry to request the use of Perry's place. Unfortunately, as Perry escorts Gabriel and Mark there, they run into Perry's ex-boyfriend. Perry and his ex tearfully reconcile and they go back to Perry's, frustrating Gabriel and Mark yet again. The two then decide to hit a gay club for some dancing. There, a malicious drag queen, Miss Coco, corners Gabriel in the restroom. She badmouths Mark to Gabriel, telling him of the time they tricked – which sounds very much like how Gabriel and Mark met – and how Mark left abruptly after climaxing, leaving her with a fake phone number to boot. Crushed by this news, Gabriel decides to take off.

Mark follows Gabriel back to his and Rich's apartment to talk – and also because he's left his house keys there. They go in to look for the keys and try to talk things out while Judy mediates topless. Mark asserts that while he did indeed trick once with Miss Coco, it was actually the latter who tried to take advantage of him by secretly videotaping their encounter without Mark's consent. Gabriel accepts this story, but still doesn't trust Mark, so Mark angrily leaves. Judy then finds Mark's keys, and Gabriel chases after Mark with them down into the New York subway system. Just when it seems that Mark is gone forever, he reappears; he and Gabriel made a connection after all.

Having reconciled, they decide to get something to eat but – in yet another turn of events – run into Katherine and some of her theatre friends at a diner, where Katherine proceeds to monopolize the conversation. Gabriel finally blows up at her, and Katherine, humiliated, melts down and leaves in a huff. Gabriel chases after her and apologizes; they smooth things over and Katherine and her friends depart. As the new morning dawns, Mark gives Gabriel his phone number, they kiss, and Mark heads home. Gabriel calls the number on a nearby payphone, and is relieved to learn that it's Mark's actual number. While they never found a spot to trick, Mark and Gabriel instead formed a budding relationship beyond the simple one night stand they'd first been trying for.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Independently produced, Trick was picked up for North American distribution by Fine Line Features soon after being screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1999.[4] The "mid-six figure" deal guaranteed a theatrical release in at least three cities.[4]

Filming was completed in less than three weeks in August 1998.[citation needed]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. "Dream Weaver" (Gary Wright) - Erin Hamilton
  2. "Unspeakable Joy" (Kim English; Maurice Joshua) - Kim English
  3. "Brand New Lover" (Alfred Hochstrasser; J. Parzen; Michael Momm) - Bibiche
  4. "I Am Woman (Razor N' Guido Mix)" (Helen Reddy; Ray Burton) - Jessica Williams
  5. "Someone to Hold" (Harvey L. Frierson, Jr.; Veronica) - Veronica
  6. "Drama" (Peter Rauhofer) - Kim Cooper
  7. "Maybe (Love'll Make Sense to Me)" (Jeff Krassner; S. Faber) - Jeff Krassner
  8. "Enter You" (Jason Schafer) - Tori Spelling
  9. "¿Como Te Gusta Mi Pinga?" (A. Chapman) - Steve Hayes
  10. "I Am Woman* (Dance Mix)" (Helen Reddy; Ray Burton) - Jessica Williams
  11. "Trick of Fate/Enter You (Finale) [Instrumental]" (Jason Schafer)
  12. "Trick of Fate" (David Friedman) - Valerie Pinkston

Awards[edit]

Year Result Award Festival Category
1999 Winner Siegessäule Special Jury Teddy Award Berlin International Film Festival
1999 Winner Special Programming Committee Award Outfest Outstanding Emerging Talent – Jim Fall
1999 Nomination Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic
2000 Nomination Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical – Tori Spelling

Sequel[edit]

In a December 2012 AfterElton.com interview, director Fall stated that he and writer Schafer were in the early stages of developing a sequel to Trick. Fall said the film would take place 12 years after the first one, with main characters Gabriel and Mark — not having stayed together because they were "not really right for each other" — meeting again and falling in love as grown men.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TRICK (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2000-02-02. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Trick (1999) - Box office / business". Amazon.com. Internet Movie Database. 1999-09-30. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Trick (1999) - Box Office Mojo". Amazon.com. Box Office Mojo. 1999-12-31. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  4. ^ a b c d Hindes, Andrew; Carver, Benedict (January 26, 1999). "Trick pic treated to release by Fine Line". Variety.com. Variety. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Sundance Archives: 1999 Film Festival - Trick". Sundance.org. Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Halterman, Jim (December 7, 2012). "Exclusive: Director Jim Fall On His New Holiday Film And (Finally) The Trick Sequel". TheBacklot.com. AfterElton.com. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 

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