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Shelter (2007)

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When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

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Jonah Markowitz

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Wright ... Zach
Brad Rowe ... Shaun
Tina Holmes ... Jeanne
Jackson Wurth Jackson Wurth ... Cody
Katie Walder ... Tori
Matt Bushell ... Alan
Ross Thomas ... Gabe
Albert Reed Albert Reed ... Billy
Joy Gohring ... Ellen
Don Margolin Don Margolin ... John
Alejandro Patiño ... Moe (as Alejandro Patino)
Caitlin Crosby ... Shari
Alicia Sixtos ... Amber
Tarek Zohdy ... Gabe's Friend
Robbi Chong Robbi Chong ... Receptionist
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Storyline

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family. Written by bill stephens

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Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

De Repente, Califórnia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,464, 23 March 2008

Gross USA:

$142,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$142,666
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Company Credits

Production Co:

GP Pictures, here! Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Trevor Wright, Ross Thomas and Albert Reed already knew how to surf before the filming of this movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 14 mins) When Zach and Shaun first converse, Zach, in a medium close shot, asks Shaun, "You want to go?" and his mouth is then closed. A immediately following edit to a more distant shot shows him smiling broadly with his teeth showing. See more »

Quotes

Tori: Do you love him?
Zach: Oh, come on.
Tori: Seriously. He's a good guy, Zach. You don't belong to people forever.
Zach: Then why bother?
Tori: Isn't it worth it?
Zach: Yeah.
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Connections

References Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

No Way Home
Written by 'Matt Pavolaitis' and Brett Cookingham
Performed by 'Matt Pavolaitis' and Brett Cookingham
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lyrical, sweet and poignant
30 April 2008 | by jvframeSee all my reviews

I'm previewing a disc version for the Brisbane Queer Film Festival where Shelter screens on Saturday 24th May 2008. Even in this low res screener, Shelter shines as a film with huge heart, and one that's been made with equal care by the actors and all of the film-makers.

It's not at all like the angst-ridden abomination of a gay surf flick "Tan Lines". Surfing is simply a fact of life element in "Shelter" - it's not used or abused as a device.

"Shelter" is a beautifully edited, spectacular looking and luscious sounding film which is definitely character driven. Each of the main characters is carefully developed so that we quite soon decide that we really do care about Zach, his young nephew Cody and Zach's love interest, Shaun. We want things to work out for them.

We understand that Zach is in a bind - he's allowed himself to be the physical and emotional anchor for a progressively more dysfunctional family, but we know that he deserves much better life options. The writers and director of Shelter have done a fantastic job - not a look or word is wasted, and yet the whole pace of the film is very relaxed.

"Shelter" deserves every accolade that any individual or Festival might care to bestow.

Straight audiences must find "Shelter" to be equally rewarding. The film's theme is, after all, about love, honour and commitment. What could be more wholesome than that?


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