|Directed by Joe Gage|
Starring Richard Locke
*Some souces state this film was released in 1980, hence the URL of this article. I found more sources later on that state it was released in 1982. Anyone know?
Plot summary: On a ranch in rural Montana, Rory and his fellow ranch hands are constantly bullied and humiliated by their cruel foreman, Shep. After a night on the town opens Rory's eyes to both the agony and ecstacy of mansex, he hatches a plan to turn the tables on Shep, and gain the upper hand.
Review: Joe Gage is something of an anomoly in the world of both gay and straight cinema (he directed straight porn as well, and a few softcore features.) Other directors (of any persuasion) often tried to dress up the raunch, creating complicated soap opera-style storylines, convoluted scripting, expensive constumes and location shooting, while the films of Joe Gage are about sex as a tool, as a weapon, as a means of communication between men.
"Heatstroke" hit adult theatres with the tagline "Male Bonding...With a Vengeance" which pretty much sums up Gage's entire canon. In the films of Joe Gage, unlike so many of his
contemporaries, sex was about bonding, comraderie and power. There were no hints of romance, no one pining for something more. Sex was merely a form of communication. He drove this point home in several of his films by including heterosexual sex scenes that nearly always brought up conflict, confusion and complication in the lives of the male participants. The male on male sex scenes were always much more straighforward...and oddly refreshing in a way.
|Richard Locke pretends to be|
"Heatstroke" is a lesser-known entry into the Gage filmography, overlooked in the shadow of his legendary "Working Man" trilogy of films. This is a shame, as the film is really quite enjoyable. The simple story of getting one's own back against a cruel boss by turning the tables of sexual humiliation on him, could well resonate with anyone who has ever felt under the thumb of a superior, and wiled away the hours plotting their downfall.
|A gay movie with boobs!|
|"I'm not gay...|
but my mustache is!"
While every print of this film I've come across has been battered and faded, there are still traces of Gage's inventive eye, and interesting use of cross-cutting. There are lingering glimpses of Russell Ballard's competent camera work.
|Revenge tastes sweetest without|