Homoeroticism in mainstream movies

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    Oct 25, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    I’ve always thought that Top Gun had the most blatantly homoerotic content of any mainstream movie. Way more than, say, Brokeback Mountain. Half the movie takes place in the locker room, with all the guys wearing briefs or just a towel, and they’re often close-talking or touching each other. The pilot/RIO pairs are portrayed as couples, sometimes shown sitting together with one’s arm around the other’s shoulders. The sexual tension between Maverick and Iceman is immense, and their ultimate bonding is, well, sorta romantic (“You can be my wingman any time” “No, you can be mine!”). But what really clued me in to the true nature of the film was when I visited a college buddy at his Naval air base (he flew F-14s, the Top Gun plane) and I discovered… THERE ARE NO LOCKER ROOMS. The lockers where they keep their flight suits are out in the hall, like high school. Fighter pilots do not shower together after a training flight. All those locker room scenes were in there for pure sex appeal. And let’s be realistic – NOBODY plays beach volleyball in tight jeans!

    So, your turn. What other mainstream movies are rife with blatant, overt, intentional homoerotic content?
  • vindog

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    Oct 25, 2008 9:29 PM GMT
    Not a movie, but the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is super homoerotic. All the main dudes are studs and none of the main women are that hot at all. Tons of sexy scenes with the guys with no shirts, in towels, etc.



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    Oct 26, 2008 2:06 AM GMT
    I don't know how blatant it is, but in the Dark Night, when the Joker is hanging upside down, finally captured by the Batman, in my mind I was juxtaposing that scene with a very similar scene from Spiderman that ends in a kiss...icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 26, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    If you haven't seen The Celluloid Closet, it's a must for covering homoerotic Hollywood since the very beginning of film.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112651/
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    Oct 26, 2008 2:30 AM GMT
    The covenant is prob the most homoerotic movie I've seen. All the guys are hot as fuck and look like they want to bang each other. Oh yeah and they have powers. Whats more homoerotic then that?
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    Oct 26, 2008 2:39 AM GMT
    Match Point and J.I. Jane are extremely HOMOEROTIC.
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    Oct 26, 2008 2:43 AM GMT
    Lethal Weapon? those guys were 'mos for sure...
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    Oct 26, 2008 3:11 AM GMT
    A much earlier homoerotic scene is in the musical film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) where Jane Russell sings "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?" which many now consider high camp. She encounters the men's US Olympic team working out in the gym of a transatlantic steamship, and none of them can be tempted by her interest in "love," too preoccupied with their workouts (and perhaps each other).

    The men do a dance number based on calisthenics routines, all bare-chested, wearing very small, tight gym shorts. They do a few "bottoms-up" moves that are highly suggestive to a gay audience, and while their physiques aren't in fashion by today's standards, I still find it an amazing display of erotic male flesh for the early 1950s.

    The opening gym shot with the background mural of an ancient Greek warrior holding a very phallic sword sets the tone. One guy doing handstands on the parallel bars is briefly aligned with the mural, like the sword is his dick. And the whole number is based on the premise that the male athletes can't interrupt their exercises to pay enough attention to the alluring Miss Russell.

    I'm having trouble inserting the YouTube video here, but here's the link, which begins right after the athletes have just told Russell they have to get to bed early and can't party with her:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlgywZZyCBg
  • gsh1964

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    Oct 26, 2008 3:13 AM GMT
    Homoerotic.... the word just turns me on...
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    Oct 26, 2008 12:56 PM GMT
    Doesn't Spartacus belong in this list?

    Here's one provocative scene (I got this quote from IMDB):

    Marcus Licinius Crassus [played by Laurence Olivier]: Do you eat oysters?
    Antoninus [played by Tony Curtis]: When I have them, master.
    Marcus Licinius Crassus: Do you eat snails?
    Antoninus: No, master.
    Marcus Licinius Crassus: Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?
    Antoninus: No, master.
    Marcus Licinius Crassus: Of course not. It is all a matter of taste, isn't it?
    Antoninus: Yes, master.
    Marcus Licinius Crassus: And taste is not the same as appetite, and therefore not a question of morals.
    Antoninus: It could be argued so, master.
    Marcus Licinius Crassus: My robe, Antoninus. My taste includes both snails and oysters.
  • SeanTRNJ

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    Oct 26, 2008 1:10 PM GMT
    Velvet goldmine... it's based on the story of Iggy Pop and David Bowie meeting... Jonathan Rhys Myers, Christain Bale and Ewan McGregor. And then if that's not homoerotic enough for oyu theres always Partymonster
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    Oct 26, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    SockMonkey saidDoesn't Spartacus belong in this list?


    Absolutely! Parts of that bathing scene you quoted were censored out for many years precisely because of its homosexual nature, and only reappeared in the restored version a few years ago.

    There is also the scene at the gladiatorial school arena, where a female Roman aristocrat requests that the gladiators fight in the minimum clothing required for decency, feigning concern for their comfort in the heat. (In the novel she actually has them fight in the nude)

    Their sweating, straining bodies are very hot in a different sense, as are other scenes in the school which show the gladiators in training.

    Peter Graves in the movie Airplane: "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?"

    I know *I* sure did at one time, and hearing that Airplane line was one of the things that started me to doubt my own self-denial about being gay.
  • auryn

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    Oct 26, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    Porky's shower scene. All male frontal nudity... such a wonderful part of the movie.
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    Oct 26, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    How about the steam room scene in the movie Philadelphia? The men are sitting around making jokes about gays, but they're all wearing nothing but towels themselves (and in reality some would likely have been nude). And you can see guys showering naked, and diving nude into the swimming pool in this exclusive men's health club.
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    Oct 26, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    Troy was proper gay icon_biggrin.gif

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    Oct 26, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    300

    It doesn't get more blatantly homoerotic than that.
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    Oct 26, 2008 5:05 PM GMT
    scottishwarrior said300

    It doesn't get more blatantly homoerotic than that.
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    How did I forget that one?! All those musclemen in leather Speedos. It's like the Folsom Street Fair in Sparta.
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    Oct 26, 2008 5:09 PM GMT
    How about NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2? The subtext is totally homoerotic.

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    Oct 26, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    I never noticed before that Brad Pitt is wearing modern combat boots. I'm guessing they changed him into sandals at some point before filming, this possibly being a rehearsal for which he's being dressed.

    BTW, warriors from this late bronze age period of Mycenaean Greece are believed to have been naked from the waist down, wearing only a helmet, chest plate, and greaves (shin guards as shown in that pic).

    Why a soldier wouldn't have wanted his tender parts covered isn't clear. Some speculations suggest that showing enemy warriors your genitals was considered intimidating, and defiant. The early Romans fought against a small tribe in Italy whose warriors were completely naked, as did Julius Caesar and later emperors when fighting certain Celtic tribes in Gaul & Britain. Instead of clothes some Celts wore blue dye on their bare skin.

    Others even propose that men would get deliberately hard to further unnerve the enemy, and that erections were not uncommon in battle in any case. Would that Hollywood could portray the full reality of those times.
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    Oct 26, 2008 5:49 PM GMT
    Batman Forever?

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    Oct 26, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    Which in turn led to the Ambiguously Gay Duo:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBcc2O9X8LM

    (Can someone please give me the correct command for inserting a YouTube video directly into a message? Thanks!)
  • germanguy888

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    Oct 26, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    the covenent definatly and troy too
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    Oct 26, 2008 6:27 PM GMT
    Boys, the wrestling scene (nude) between Oliver Reed and Alan Bates in Women in Love is genuinely so - we're talking about open discussion of male-male attraction between nominally straight men.

    Can't find the clip online, but you can rent the film.

    Also of note is that the scene was reprised in the 80s on Dynasty, between the Steven and a friend (both gay) - fully dressed, but very sexy.

    BTW, there is a comedy routine on YouTube with the Cuban Brothers acting out the Women In Love scene - naked in front of a live audience.
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    Oct 26, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    Nobody said 'Fight Club'? Substitute fighting for fucking and it turns into a story about a bathhouse.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 26, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    The most homoerotic movie I ever saw was surprisingly with Mel Gibson
    ... they say he didn't understand the point of the movie icon_rolleyes.gif

    It was Gallipoli
    And it WAS absolutely an epic gay romance with out ever saying those words
    If you guys haven't seen this movie ... SEE IT!!!

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