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Mockumentary look at Playgirl Magazine centerfold and 1992 Man of the Year, Dirk Shafer, who kept it a secret from the magazine that he is gay. Most of the film is a fictionalized retelling... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian Paxton Vivian Paxton ... Herself
Claudette Sutherland Claudette Sutherland ... Tammy Shafer
Michael Ornstein ... Mike Miller
Cal Bartlett ... Ken Shafer
Mary Stein ... Angela Lucassey
Dirk Shafer Dirk Shafer ... Himself
Beth Broderick ... Kelly Bound
Cynthia Szigeti Cynthia Szigeti ... Betty Levy
Dennis Bailey ... Howie Diadone
Charles Sloane Charles Sloane ... Ed, the Photographer
Patricia Domiano Patricia Domiano ... Ballroom Dancer
Dawn Christie Dawn Christie ... Woman Exercising
Phyllis Franklin Phyllis Franklin ... Dr. Marsha Demarky
Bill Brochtrup ... Pledge Cartwright
Lu Leonard Lu Leonard ... Dee Dee Sweatman
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Mockumentary look at Playgirl Magazine centerfold and 1992 Man of the Year, Dirk Shafer, who kept it a secret from the magazine that he is gay. Most of the film is a fictionalized retelling of Dirk's decision to send a photograph to Playgirl, his selection as a centerfold and then Man of the Year, his many TV interviews, his friend Vivian Paxton posing as his beard, and the pressures from his live-in lover to come out of the closet. Interspersed with this chronological narrative are a black and white look at an evening Dirk spends with Angela Lucassey, a woman from Reno who wins Playgirl's national contest to have a date with Dirk, and an interview with a stripper who tracks Dirk down. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He was a centerfold who revealed everything...but the truth.

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Comedy | Romance

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USA | UK

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English | Yiddish

Release Date:

15 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem do Ano See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,147, 3 March 1996

Gross USA:

$209,935

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,935
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Stereo

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Black and White (a few scenes: television scenes and archive footage)| Color

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1.85 : 1
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Most of the characters were described on screen at least twice, and two or three had three or four on screen descriptions, usually for comic effect. See more »

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References Dance Fever (1979) See more »

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Written by Seth Justman
Used by permission of Bug Music and Rondor Music o/b/o Palpark Music
Performed by The J. Geils Band
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, a division of ERG
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Odd but surprisingly wonderful movie with a very appealing star
11 April 2013 | by jm10701See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie more than any I've seen in a very long time, and it's entirely because of writer-director-star Dirk Shafer. It's a reconstructed and partially fictionalized account of his actual experience as Playgirl magazine's 1992 Man of the Year, filmed a couple of years later.

Shafer is amazingly charismatic, intelligent, funny and unpretentious. If it's all an act, he deserves an Oscar. The fact that he's gorgeous is almost irrelevant, because he's so thoroughly appealing in so very many ways. He's one of the few people I've ever seen in a movie whom I'd really love to know, and it has nothing to do with his looks. He's a sweet, smart, articulate, fantastically likable person, and when he's on screen the movie is always delightful.

I had only two problems with it. I almost quit watching after a few minutes, because I'd expected something like Spinal Tap or Waiting for Guffman, a totally convincing "documentary" - which Man of the Year is not. It's painfully obvious from the first words that this is a scripted work of fiction, using some pretty bad (and some pretty good) actors to tell the story. (I got used to the different style pretty fast, though, and it never bothered me again.)

I can't think of any other movie like it, in which a person tells his own story - nearly all of which is almost certainly true - playing himself but using a script and actors to play the other people in his life (there are a very few real people playing themselves, but even their lines are scripted).

That's the other problem for me: I never knew what to believe, what was true and what wasn't. I'm not talking about the facts of his life, the Playgirl stuff - as I said, that's almost certainly all true. I mean his relationships, in particular his relationship with his boyfriend, called Mike in the movie and played beautifully by Michael Marisi Ornstein - the best actor in it, and no less charming and attractive than Shafer is.

Is he real? Those two guys are so amazing that I'd love to think they're really a couple. So I loved the movie, but it left me a little unsettled, almost as if I'd watched a movie about my own life and left wondering how much of it was true. Odd, but wonderful.


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