Beefcake (film)

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DVD release cover
Directed by Thom Fitzgerald
Produced by Shandi Mitchell
Thom Fitzgerald
Written by Thom Fitzgerald
Music by John Wesley Chisholm
Michael Diabo
John Roby
Cinematography Tom Harting
Edited by Susan Shanks
Release date
Running time
97 min.
Country Canada / United Kingdom / France
Language English
Box office $276,259[1]

Beefcake (1999) is a docu-drama homage to the muscle magazines of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s—in particular, Physique Pictorial magazine, published quarterly by Bob Mizer of the Athletic Model Guild. It was inspired by a picture book by F. Valentine Hooven III (published by Taschen) and was directed by Thom Fitzgerald.

The film stars Daniel MacIvor, Carroll Godsman, Jack Griffin Mazieka, Jonathan Torrens, and Joshua Peace in pastiche recreations of life at the Athletic Model Guild, mixed with interviews with models and photographers whose work actually appeared in the early magazines, including Jack LaLanne and Joe Dallesandro. The film was shot in Nova Scotia.[2]

Beefcake premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999 and was released by Strand Releasing in the United States; it was nominated for three Genie Awards.



Further reading[edit]

  • Padva, Gilad. Nostalgic Physique: Displaying Foucauldian Muscles and Celebrating the Male Body in Beefcake. In Padva, Gilad, Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture, pp. 35–57 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, ISBN 978-1-137-26633-0).
  • Hoven, F. Valentine. Beefcake: the muscle magazines of America, 1950 - 1970. (Köln : Benedikt Taschen, ©1995, ISBNs 3822889393 9783822889398).

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