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Continued: Withering Glance: When Hollywood finally made a gay movie

CP: How many time do we see him doing pushups, shirtless, in the era’s trademark dad jeans?

 

RN: I’m thinking Jordache.

 

CP: He later said that his reward for playing gay in “Making Love” was not getting another studio movie for 20 years.

 

RN: Yes, but the Hamlin torso became the gay-gym ideal for more than decade, so at least he has that.

 

CP: And his “L.A. Law” residuals. And a chin cleft in which you could park a Smart Car.

 

RN: We digress. In today’s marriage-equality world, it’s hard to believe that the film began with a warning that its subject matter might be “too sensitive for some people.” Just a scant 32 years ago.

 

CP: At least gay screenwriter Barry Sandler had the guts not to shy away from Zach’s resolve that he and Claire would have to split up. I liked their “big reveal” scene. And I loved the waiter on roller skates.

 

RN: My top takeaway is Roberta Flack’s theme song, by composer Burt Bacharach. It was her last big hit. Alas, it never became a gay “The Way We Were.”

 

E-mail: witheringglance@startribune.com

Twitter: @claudepeck and @RickNelsonStrib

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