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“The Velocity of Gary” is a drama film directed by , released in 1998. The film stars , , and Vincent D'Onofrio in lead roles. The film revolves around the story of a trio of friends living in New York City's bohemian underground.


Gary () is a struggling artist who works as a stripper to make ends meet. His best friend, Valentino (Vincent D'Onofrio), is a drag queen who dreams of becoming a famous performer. Their world is turned upside down when Mary Carmen (), a beautiful and mysterious woman, enters their lives. Mary Carmen becomes involved with both Gary and Valentino, leading to a complicated love triangle that tests the boundaries of their friendship.


“The Velocity of Gary” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release. While some praised the film's strong performances and unique characters, others criticized the slow pacing and lack of a cohesive plot. However, the film's exploration of gender identity and sexual orientation was praised as groundbreaking and ahead of its time.


“The Velocity of Gary” did not receive any major awards nominations.

Overall, “The Velocity of Gary” is a thought-provoking drama that explores the lives of individuals living on the fringes of society. While it may not be a crowd-pleaser, it is a film that challenges viewers to question their preconceptions about gender and sexuality.

Directed by
Screenplay by James Still
Based on The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name)
by James Still
Produced by Carl Colpaert
Starring Vincent D'Onofrio, , , Olivia d'Abo,
Narrated by Vincent D'Onofrio
Cinematography Claudio Rocha
Edited by Luis Colina
Debra Goldfield
Music by Peitor Angell
Columbia TriStar Home Video
Dan Lupovitz Productions
Ventanarosa Productions
Distributed by Sony Pictures
Release date September 22, 1998 (SSIFF) July 16, 1999 (United States)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million
Box office $34,145US


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