The Idol (1979)

Title: The Idol

Studio: Hand In Hand

Director: Tom DeSimone

Starring: Kevin Redding, Nick Rogers, Peter Borchard, Mark Bitler, Derek Stanton, Greg Dale, Jerry Foxe, Jim Bartolotta, Darla-Lee Barnett

Resolution: 640x480
Codec: H264 AVC video; MP4a audio; 1981 kbps
Runtime: 01:25:20
File Size: 1.18 GB

The word "classic" is often overused but it really is the best word to use when describing this film. It's a coming-of-age film that actually involves real dialog and genuine acting as the lead character comes to terms with his sexuality. That it also includes quite a lot of hot sex is just the icing on the cake. The film opens, oddly enough, with a funeral: the funeral of Gary, the lead character (played by Kevin Redding), who has just perished in an automobile accident. The story is told through flashbacks, with each member of the party having a special story to tell about Gary.

This incredible Tom DeSimone Hollywood-like production is the "ultimate coming-out story." It realistically and sensitively examines emotional, psychological and sexual exploration with honesty and a point of view, a rare accomplishment in adult film.

Well-paced, well-edited, well-crafted and beautifully photographed, this film manages to appeal both to the crotch and the mind, thus establishing itself as a timeless classic that holds up to almost all of the productions made today.

Furthermore, the sex scenes unfold naturally, with conversation leading to arousal, just as in real life. The story develops characterization and highlights Gary (the beautiful and talented actor Kevin Redding), a college track star who seems to have it made except for the fact that he's frustrated by a girlfriend who won't put out and is confused by his blossoming interest in his fellow athletes.

Each segment of this film builds erotic tension, and the film begins with one such moment: Gary is parking with his girlfriend, who won't give him any, and proceeds to beat his college dick to orgasm (in a self-exploration session that's both real and probable, not to mention stimulating to watch) in the front seat of his car before going home.

Following a discussion with a fellow athlete about letting other men get him off and that there's nothing wrong with it, Gary has his first "gay" experience in the shower room: Gary watches a mustached man suck cock. Gary then watches, both shocked and delighted, as two men join his friend for blow jobs and ass-thrusting. A humpy and macho man joins in and sucks on Gary's dick, giving him his "first" gay blow job, thus completing the shower room four-way. Photography and close-ups of the action are excellent as all of the men jack off to orgasm.

Later, Gary lets his coach (mature, hunky and hung Nick Rogers) massage him in his office. The erotic tension in Gary is obvious as the coach begins to talk him out of his jockstrap and into a blow job, on the massage table and under it, while the coach kneels down and sucks up on his boner. Gary remains passive (realistically) as he is devoured orally, rimmed with his legs in the air, and stimulated with hands to shoot a huge load, which the coach sucks out of his cock.

Gary eventually accepts his sexuality and couples with another friend (boyish, lean, cute and mustached) poolside. After talking about both of them having sex with the coach and liking it, they 69 and fuck one another's face, before the friend rides on Gary's meat. Gary then takes cock up his "virgin" ass for the first time, with the buddy blowing (in big close-ups) on him and the camera lens.

Throughout the film, a character has appeared in every scene, with no explanation. In this last scene, we see that he has had a crush on Gary for some time and that he and Gary are now lovers, in every sense of that word. Gary gets his hole tongued, his asshole plowed and pounded, and slowly and passionately kisses (in slow-motion) his love.

Directed by Tom DeSimone and starring the unforgettable Kevin Redding in his one-and-only screen appearance. The BIJOU VIDEO reviewer is convinced that if a person were to see only one sexually explicit gay film in his lifetime, "The Idol" should be that film.