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Crocodile Tears

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  • Crocodile Tears
  • Author: Ted Sod
  • Director: Ann Coppel
  • Producer: Sandy Cioffi, Sarah Isakson, Ted Sod
  • Year: 1998
  • Country: US
  • 84 minutes

homophobic, AIDS death, suicide

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A remake of 'Faust' with a gay twist. An HIV positive middle-school art teacher who has recently lost a drag-queen friend to suicide writes a letter to the devil asking for help. After a demon shows up at his door, he finds the price he has to pay to be very high, as he slowly transforms himself into a racist and homophobic heterosexual.

Qvamp says:

This is a very hard movie to watch. It was well done, and the transformation of the main character is flawless, but the subject matter is difficult to deal with. The majority of the movie deals with justifying bigotry and homophobia.

This is NOT a Hollywoodized movie. So, for those that like movies easy and predictable, avoid this. But, with that warning in place, I recommend this movie.

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From Video-a-go-go at http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Movie/1754/ 5/26/2001

Pact-with-the-devil pics are certainly nothing new, originating in literature with classics like Faust and The Devil and Daniel
Webster and coming to the screen in forms ranging from the classic (Angel on My Shoulder) to the off-beat (Highway 61) to
kiddie fodder (The Devil and Max Devlin). Crocodile Tears is another variation on the old Faust tale, this time with a gay twist
and some healthy satire that allows it to come off as a bit more original than, say, the pointless remake of Bedazzled.

Screenwriter/producer Ted Sod stars as Simon Desoto, a gay middle-school art teacher with weird dreams. Shortly after a
drag queen friend of his commits suicide with all the dramatic flair she can muster, Simon tests positive for HIV and begins
investing all his time and money in fringe and holistic cures. A public access personality convinces Simon to write a letter to the
devil, which he does, after being convinced that Elanor Roosevelt did it too. His ex-lover Carl (



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