Hard Pill

Hard Pill

Jonathan Slavin
Director: John Baumgartner Cast: Jonathan Slavin
Jonathan Slavin
, Scotch Ellis Loring
Scotch Ellis Loring
, Susan Slome
Susan Slome
John Baumgartner


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A gay man takes an experimental medication designed to make him heterosexual in this provocative independent drama. Plain-looking, unlucky in love, and approaching middle age, Tim (Jonathan Slavin) isn't very happy with the shallow hedonism of the gay world. He pines for his straight best friend Don (Mike Begovich), whose occasional willingness to accept drunken oral sex marks the closest thing to a date Tim's enjoyed in years. When news breaks of a drug trial for a miracle pill that will turn homosexual men straight, Tim jumps at the chance to enroll. His decision alienates him from Joey (Scotch Ellis Loring), his good-time-guy pal, and from Don, whose company he must shun in order to bolster the drug's effectiveness. As the treatment progresses, Tim tries out hetero sex with Sally (Susan Slome), a co-worker who's been in love with him for years. But when he spurns Sally for a better-looking new girlfriend who knows nothing of his gay past, Tim's final link to his previous life is severed. Ultimately, though, a crisis among his old friends drags Tim back into their orbit, putting his entire course of treatment in jeopardy. The debut feature from writer/director John Baumgartner, Hard Pill played the festival circuit before airing on Logo, the nascent, Viacom-owned gay cable network.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2006
UPC: 0720917549026
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Lorber
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

16x9 1.78 presentation; 5.1 mix; "Making Hard Pill" behind-the-scenes featurette; Conversation with writer/director John Baumgartner and actor Jonathan Slavin; Outtake reel; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Slavin Tim
Scotch Ellis Loring Joey
Susan Slome Sally
Mike Begovich Don
Jennifer Elise Cox Actor
Jason Bushman Actor
Tim Omundson Actor
John Hartman Actor
Beth Grant Actor
Michael Chieffo Actor
Jessalyn Rizzi Actor
Lisa Basada Actor

Technical Credits
John Baumgartner Director,Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Patrick Baca Casting,Executive Producer
Sarah Boyd Editor
Sarah Boyd Editor
Seann Dougherty Sound/Sound Designer
John E. Feraro Executive Producer
Matt Hausmann Production Designer
K. Dayton Mesher Screenwriter
Steven A. Morrow Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Petrone Score Composer
Jim Simone Asst. Director
James P. Slingluff Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Stoebner Producer
Irene Turner Executive Producer
Mondo Vila Sound/Sound Designer
Brett Voss Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hard Pill
1. New Employee [6:36]
2. Evening With Don [8:09]
3. Time for a Change [8:03]
4. Birthday Party [8:01]
5. The Study Begins [7:19]
6. Heterosexual Experience [10:15]
7. New Relationships [8:21]
8. Meeting the Parents [7:36]
9. Break-Ups [8:28]
10. Don Needs Tim [7:32]
11. Confronting Joey [11:08]
12. Credits [2:20]

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