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The Gay Deceivers (1969)

Danny and Elliot avoid military service by pretending to be gay, but they have to act the part when the recruiting officer doesn't buy it.

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Bruce Kessler

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Abe Polsky (story), Gil Lasky (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Coughlin ... Danny Devlin
Brooke Bundy ... Karen
Lawrence P. Casey ... Elliot Crane (as Larry Casey)
Jo Ann Harris ... Leslie Devlin
Michael Greer ... Malcolm
Sebastian Brook Sebastian Brook ... Craig
Jack Starrett ... Colonel Dixon
Richard Webb ... Mr. Devlin
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Mrs. Devlin
Jeanne Baird ... Mrs. Conway
Dean Cromer Dean Cromer ... Psychiatrist (as Mike Kopcha)
Joe Tornatore ... Sergeant Kravits
Robert Reese Robert Reese ... Real Estate Agent
Christopher Riordan Christopher Riordan ... Duane
Douglas Hume Douglas Hume ... Corporal (as Doug Hume)
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Danny and Elliot avoid military service by pretending to be gay, but they have to act the part when the recruiting officer doesn't buy it.

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Only his draftboard and his girlfriend know for sure. See more »

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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

'Eles' Se Divertem See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fanfare Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the second film Kevin Coughlin had worked on with Brooke Bundy, the first one, filmed a year earlier; The Young Runaways (1968). See more »

Quotes

Elliot Crane: Can't we be ac/dc ?
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Featured in Homo Promo (1991) See more »

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Unforgettable
5 November 2000 | by citizen_cupidSee all my reviews

The impact of this film recently became clear to me when I realized that having seen it only once, nearly 25 years ago, I was still thinking of it. It has become part of my internal landscape, and I tend to compare every comedic treatment of gays on film to my memory of The Gay Deceivers. It is rather sad to think that the best and probably most honest comedy about gay life in America was made so long ago, and in a time when homosexuality was still rarely hinted at in main-stream cinema. See this rare and wonderful film if you can -- urge your local film festival, art house or PBS station to acquire the rights to screen it. It deserves to be rediscovered by a new generation.


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