Jun 28, 2013
North Dallas Forty: The Gay Locker Room
Put them into a movie about foul-mouthed, homophobic football players.
What do you get?
North Dallas Forty (1979) is about Phil Elliott (Nick), an aging player for the North Dallas Bulls (based on real-life player Peter Gent, who wrote the original novel). Elliott is increasingly dependent on painkillers to keep up with his teammates' macho sex, drugs, and raising-hell lifestyles. And he is increasingly antagonized by his mercenary coach, who can see only profits.
I generally hate sports movies. I was only talked into seeing this by the promise of hunks in the locker room. There are plenty of tight uniforms, 1970s codpiece pants, and guys walking naked toward the showers, including Bo Svenson and John Matuszak (who posed nude in Playgirl in 1982).
But, if you can ignore the various hetero-orgy scenes and the Girl who is waiting to change Elliott's life, the same-sex romance shines through.