It’s the little gay movie that could — and did. When Del Shores decided to turn his stage play Sordid Lives, about a gay West Hollywood actor forced to deal with his crazy, dysfunctional family when he goes home to Texas for his grandmother’s funeral, the writer-director called on celeb pals such as superstar Olivia Newton-John (as a lesbian ex-con) and comic actor Leslie Jordan (as a Tammy Wynette impersonator). Besides Newton-John and Jordan, there’s a stellar supporting cast of gay faves including Beau Bridges, Bonnie Bedelia, Beth Grant, Ann Walker and the great Delta Burke (note to D.B.: You are missed. Please come back from wherever you’ve been all these years). The film was a modest hit when it was released in 2000, but it soon became a cult sensation in Palm Springs, Calif., where it was overwhelmingly embraced by the worn’s gays and seniors and played for a record-setting 96 weeks in one theater. Many cast members including Jordan and Newton-John returned for a TV series adaptation on Logo that also starred late Golden Girl Rue McClanahan, but it was canceled after a single season and later resulted in a nasty lawsuit over non-payment to Shores and the actors.
Now the comedy will make its long-awaited Blu-ray debut (with bonus features that include the cast discussing why the film is so special) September 30 and will be available for viewing on digital platforms including iTunes and WolfeOnDemand beginning August 29. So watch the trailer below and start planning your screening party now.