“The Velocity of Gary” is a drama film directed by Dan Ireland, released in 1998. The film stars Thomas Jane, Salma Hayek, 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 (Thomas Jane) 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 (Salma Hayek), 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||Dan Ireland|
|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, Salma Hayek, Thomas Jane, Olivia d'Abo,|
|Narrated by||Vincent D'Onofrio|
|Edited by||Luis Colina
|Music by||Peitor Angell|
Columbia TriStar Home Video
Dan Lupovitz Productions
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures|
|Release date||September 22, 1998 (SSIFF) July 16, 1999 (United States)|
|Running time||97 minutes|