Boys in the Sand - (1971)

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Description: This is generally considered to be the first widely available gay pornographic movie. It was also the first porn film to include on-screen credits for its cast and crew, though many were assumed names. It was the first porn film to parody the title of a mainstream movie (The Boys in the Band (1970)), and is the only X-rated porn film to be reviewed by "The New York Times" and the first gay porn film to be reviewed by "Variety".

Boys in the Sand is composed of three segments set on Fire Island.
* Bayside: The dark, bearded Peter Fisk walks along the wooded paths of the island until reaching a beach. He strips and sunbathes on a blanket. Suddenly, out in the water, the blond naked Donovan appears and runs up onto the beach to Fisk. Fisk performs oral sex on Donovan, who then leads Fisk into the woods. Fisk grabs the blanket and follows, catching up to Donovan in a clearing. They kiss and touch each other, then Donovan takes a studded leather strap from Fisk's wrist and attaches it around Fisk's genitalia. They continue the scene, with each performing oral sex on the other and Donovan penetrating Fisk. Following Donovan's climax he returns to servicing Fisk orally and, as Fisk is climaxing, momentary flashes of previous scenes are intercut. The scene ends with Fisk taking the strap from his genitals and attaching it around Donovan's wrist. Fisk runs into the ocean and vanishes, mirroring Donovan's entrance. Donovan dons Fisk's abandoned clothes and heads off down the beach.
* Poolside: The segment opens with Donovan on a pier, holding a newspaper. He returns to his house, strips by the pool and begins reading. Intrigued by an ad in the back of the paper, Donovan writes a letter in response. After a number of days pass (marked by the cliché device of fluttering calendar pages), he receives a reply in the form of a package. Inside is a tablet, which he throws into the pool. The water starts to churn and the dark-haired Danny Di Cioccio emerges to Donovan's delight. The two couple by the pool, with each performing oral sex on the other and Donovan penetrating Di Cioccio in a variety of positions. Di Cioccio turns the tables and tops Donovan until Donovan's climax. The scene closes with the two engaged in horseplay in the pool and then walking off together down a boardwalk.
* Inside: This final segment opens with shots of Donovan showering, toweling off and wandering idly around his room, intercut with shots of African-American telephone repairman Tommy Moore checking various poles and lines outside, Donovan spots Moore from his balcony. Moore sees Donovan as well. The remainder of the segment consists of Donovan's fantasized sexual encounters with Moore throughout the house intercut with shots of Donovan sniffing poppers and penetrating himself with a large black dildo. The segment ends following Donovan's climax with the dildo, with the real Moore coming inside the house and closing the door behind them.

Review
Along with "Sailor in the Wild" this is one of the true classics of gay porn. I saw it once many years ago and don't remember much about the plot...if there was one. It involves handsome hunky Calvin Culver on Fire Island for the summer and his various sexual escapades. What I remember most is that is was just gorgeous--some of the most beautiful cinematography I've ever seen. The sexual scenes are just incredible--passionate and erotic. The only debit is Culver himself. While he was a very handsome man he was no actor. I remember seeing him in "Score" and his acting attempts were pretty embarrassing. However when it came to sex the man knew how the perform (no pun intended)...and that's all that matters in a film like this. I remember a dream like sequence at night when Culver meets a man in a pool. Sex aside it was beautifully done. It was more like a dream sequence than anything. And, since this was pre-AIDS, no condoms were used. Sadly Culver did die of AIDS in the 1980s. However this is a true classic of gay male sex films. A must see for gay men.
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