Director: Thomas Bezucha
Stars: Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay, Louise Fletcher, George Coe, Nan Martin, Corinne Bohrer
Henry Hart is an artist living in New York City. He has a show about to open, until he receives a phone call from back home in Montana. His grandfather that raised him has had a stroke. Henry is flying back home to take care of him. At the same time Henry's high school crush/best friend, Dean Stewart is divorce and has moved back to town. Pike, Native American that owns and runs the general store, is interested in Henry as well. Even though Henry is spending a lot of time with Dean, the commitment is just not there for Dean. He wants to be with Henry, but he cannot do it. The other people in town see something between Henry and Pike, so they try to bring these two men closer together.
This is not even closer to what a typical gay movie consist of. There is no one getting AIDS or dying from it. No one is dealing with a family or friends that are not excepting of a lifestyle. There was not one sex scene or late night in the backroom of a bar getting laid, or people having sex at all. There are no barely dressed skinny twinks doing drugs and everyone that comes along. This is the most family gay movie that I have ever seen. The movie is about a small community bring two men together. That is something that is so unheard of in a movie. Older people working on getting two men together.
The cast was all an older one except for a few kids that were in it. The movie was made up of quality character actors that you know their faces but not their names. Arye Gross is a talented underrated actor whom has been in tons of movies and TV. This was one of his best roles. Eric Schweig was a person that you would never think to see playing a gay character, since he mainly portrays a Native American. He is Native American, so it really fits him. He is a handsome man with the most beautiful hair I have ever seen on a man. Tim DeKay had the most emotional scenes in the entire movie. When he became upset, you could really feel his pain. His acting was so much better than I thought it would be. He has butterface with an amazing body.
The real star of the movie for me was Nan Martin. Who does not just love that old bitty? She was absolutely brilliant in this movie. Her lines and actions were the top in the movie. Those scenes were the best. The other star of the movie was the fantastic Louise Fletcher. Most of the time she plays a total mean bitch. Those are the type of roles that she is famous for. The head nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest where she is a hard nose by the book nurse. The mean crazy mother in Flowers In the Attic that treated her grandchildren terrible and lock them in the attic. She had some mean roles, but not in this movie at all. She was the best friend and motherly figure that some people dream about. That person in your life that no matter what she is there to listen to you and love you. Louise Fletcher is a great actress.
The music in the movie was a great collection of newer and classic country, not the type of music you would expect to hear in a gay movie. This is the list of country artists that are featured in the movie: George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens, Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis, Lucinda Williams, David Allan Coe and Lari White. These are not the typical music for a gay movie. There was no bass, bump and grind or divas singing. All of that was left out of this movie. The songs selected set the mood and theme for the movie. It was amazing song selection.
A great movie for any audience to watch. I know everyone that I know that has seen it has loved the movie. It is a movie to add to your collection. Enjoy.
Big Eden (2000) Trailer