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Morgan (2012)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | January 2014 (Poland)
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A paralyzed gay bicycle racer risks home, relationships and personal health to reenter the fray as a paraplegic racer.

Director:

Michael D. Akers (as Michael Akers)

Writers:

Michael D. Akers (as Michael Akers), Sandon Berg
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Cast

Cast overview:
Leo Minaya ... Morgan Oliver
Jack Kesy ... Dean Kagen
Darra Like Dat Boyd Darra Like Dat Boyd ... Lane Williams (as Darra 'Like Dat' Boyd)
Madalyn McKay ... Peg Oliver
Benjamin Budd ... Wesley Blake
Dane Anton Dane Anton ... Physical Therapist
Scott Gofta Scott Gofta ... Bartender
Donna Garde Donna Garde ... Dotty Kagen
Nelson Guzman Nelson Guzman ... Bike Shop Employee
Juan C. La Zala Juan C. La Zala ... Bike Shop Employee
Theodore Bouloukos ... Dr. Thomas
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Storyline

Morgan comes home after a tragic accident in a bikers race leaves him paraplegic, binding him to wheelchair use for the rest of his life. He tries to stay positive, not letting the accident end his life, but deep-rooted feelings of uselessness make him rather wish he were dead. Rolling out for beer, he meets Dean, and the two strike up a friendship that quickly develops into a romantic connection. Morgan wants to participate in the biking race in the handicap category, more so because of his competitive nature than to prove his ability. Everyone is against it, even Dean, leading to differences between the two. Finally, he realizes that he's at fault and makes peace with himself. Written by Ronnie / edited by statmanjeff

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Sometimes you have to dare to dream.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2014 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Michael Akers' Morgan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

United Gay Network See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The urn that Jack has his mother's ashes in looks very similar to the art piece that Ken gave to Dylan in Aker's film "Phoenix". See more »

Goofs

When Morgan first moves onto his sofa from his locked wheelchair, the wheelchair is aimed at an angle toward the sofa, but once he's on the sofa, his chair sits parallel to it. See more »

Quotes

Lane Williams: You're not a loser!
Morgan Oliver: I know! I'm just surrounded by them!
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References Phoenix (2006) See more »

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Get Up and Dance
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Good beginning deteriorates into absurd, annoying melodrama
19 May 2013 | by jm10701See all my reviews

The first half of this movie is very good, refreshingly low-key and original, with a believable, slowly-developing romance between Morgan and Dean in Inwood, the far northern tip of Manhattan almost never seen in movies. The relaxed, small-town, almost rural character of the place is a welcome change from the frantic pace, hard-edged greed and shallow posturing that dominate in the more fashionable areas downtown where most movies are made. The city used to have many such low-key neighborhoods that we never see in movies, so it's good to see this one while it still exists.

Unfortunately, the movie sort of disintegrates in its second half. Producers Akers and Berg must have thought a simple love story would be too boring, so they shoehorned a boatload of dramatic tension into the gentle, lovely story and ruined it. There are no gay-beating thugs, which is the stock drama-injector in gay movies, and its absence here is a great relief; but the absurd and highly annoying behavior of the main character is even more infuriating in a different, if much less hackneyed, way.

A consistent delight throughout the movie, though, is Jack Kesy's gentle but powerful performance as Dean. He is unfailingly marvelous... so good that he makes the movie worth watching despite its significant flaws and Leo Minaya's much more heavy-handed and less believable performance as Morgan.


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