Man of the Year

1995

Man of the Year

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This film is a unique combination of documentary, drama and comedy, and uses real people as well as professional actors to chronicle the experiences of Dirk Shafer who in 1992, was voted Playgirl magazine's man of the year. For the athletic, blond and extremely photogenic Shafer this fame was a double-edged sword. On one hand, he really needed the money; on the other, he had just come out of the closet. Still he went for the gusto and spent much of the year touring about and getting interviewed on talk shows. Only a few close friends and family members knew that he was a homosexual; to everyone else he was the epitome of heterosexual masculinity. This naturally, created problems with Mike, the man Shafer wanted to get involved with. Included are filmclips from actual talk-show appearances, and interviews with family and friends, not all of whom were tickled to discover that he was gay.

Cast

Dirk Shafer
as Himself
Tammy Shafer
as Claudette Sutherland
Ken Shafer
as Cal Bartlett
Fabio
as Himself
Calvin Bartlett
as Ken Shafer
Cal Bartlett
as Ken Shafer
Mary Stein
as Angela Lucassey
Beth Broderick
as Kelly Bound
Cynthia Szigeti
as Betty Levy
Dennis Bailey
as Howie Diadone
Charles Sloane
as Ed, the Photographer
Patricia Domiano
as Ballroom Dancer
Dawn Christie
as Woman Exercising
Phyllis Franklin
as Dr. Marsha Demarky
Bill Brochtrup
as Pledge Cartwright
Lu Leonard
as Dee Dee Sweatman
Rhonda Dotson
as Lady La Flame
Thom Collins
as Himself
Paul D. Fow
as Rex Chandler
Fort Atkinson
as Buck Hallren
Felix Montano
as Jimmy Morgan
Kevin Randy
as Act Out Guy
Michael Mueller
as ACT OUT No. 1
Kevin Bandy
as ACT OUT No. 2
Brett Sylver
as ACT OUT No. 3
Joe Fusco
as Act Out Stage Manager
Merri Biechler
as Leslie Dameron
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Critic Reviews for Man of the Year

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  • This original but ultimately unsuccessful serio-comic look at Dirk Shafer, Playgirl's 1992 centerfold, served as closing night of the 1996 Outfest, and some gay viewers may like it.

    Dec 26, 2006 | Rating: C

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
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  • How the director of Wag the Dog and his Good Morning Vietnam star Robin Williams ended up in this fine mess is anyone's guess.

    Jan 31, 2007 | Full Review…
  • ...half unfunny comedy and half uncompelling drama.

    Oct 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

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