The Unknown Cyclist details
|Starring:||Stephen Spinella, Lea Thompson, Danny Nucci, Vincent Spano|
|Studio:||DIGITAL VIDEO DREAMS|
The Unknown Cyclist
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
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Love and loss made for TVBy a customer from Newcastle , 16 Dec 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Another Californian gay/AIDS movie, with a made-for-TV feel. This one has a Friends-type set of characters at the centre, who are suitably engaging and have appropriately complicated relationships, with a resentful outsider to create the conflict. Everyone has moved on by the end, and there are one or two telling details along the way.
Speaking as a longtime cyclist, the cycle trip that creates the new environment the characters need is wholly unconvincing. These are people who've clearly never ridden a bike in anger - one of them can't ride without wobbling all over the road - and yet they do 75 miles a day for a week without getting saddle sore or stiff shoulders!
So it's worthy, but nothing more.
Made-for-Bible-Belt TVMBy a customer from London , 23 Nov 2006A dreary predictable TVM showing it's ok to be gay, with stock characters and trite situations and sitcom veteran Lea Thomson. I suppose we've moved on a great deal from 1997 but it looks like something that's made to soften the bible thumpers. If you want to see a great film about gay love and how 'normal'(the parenthesis used for emphasis rather than scarcasm) it is I recommend Big Eden - highly unlikely plotline set in Brokeback Mountain country but a great deal more enjoyable.
Life affirming and entertainingBy a customer from Glasgow, Scotland , 27 Nov 2005Homophobic Frank belatedly discovers twin brother Chris disowned by his family had a whole life he didnt know about, with friends who loved him. We make our own families, people who dont put conditions on their love, who accept us for what we are not what they want us to be. Each character is changed by the end, brought together by shared loss to realise differences dont matter when you care for someone. I enjoyed the film. Its got a nice mix of gay/straight characters. The scenery is beautiful, perfect backdrop to one of those life-affirming, inspirational, tug-at-the-heart-strings movies America does so well. It just avoids mawkish sentimentality with an injection of humour and leaves a warm glow in its wake. Not the most challenging of films perhaps, but nice and entertaining.
Sad and FunnyBy crispin40 (562 reviews) from Stirling, Scotland , 10 May 2005I chose this as I'd seen Danny Nucci in 'American Cousins' and wanted to see more of his films. However, it turned out to be an appropriate choice as, since putting it on the list, my (lesbian) partner of 36 years has been diagnosed with bone cancer and the doctors prognosis isn't good. This film gave us heart and hope and I've warned her, in the event of her not surviving, not to set me a test such as a long distance cycle ride or running a marathon! Kite flying on the beautiful island of Barra is about as much as I will (physically) be able to cope with!
Good fun, lots of laughs, lots of tears.
Perhaps a good choice in the circumstances.
Well acted, amusing and movingBy a customer from Salisbury, England , 27 Apr 2005This is a great film to just watch and enjoy without being challenged too much. It's got some very pretty people in it, men and woman, good strong plot and excellent acting. The scenery is so pretty it's worth watching for that alone. There's no gay 'action' (not even a kiss), but the whole story is gay-themed: coming out, AIDS, love and friendship.
Well worth watching.
Some good acting but an abrupt conclusionBy LondonMatt (38 reviews) from London , 02 Apr 2005Four people (a gay widower, his late partner's ex-wife, an alcoholic friend and the dead man's homophobic twin brother) take part in a charity bike ride and confront their issues along the way. What could have been painfully worthy is redeemed by some witty lines and some fine acting, especially from Lea Thompson. Unfortunately, just as there's some real character development with some revelations and a reconciliation on the beach, the film ends. It seems like a whole act is missing, which is a shame.