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Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon
Wrangler Anatomy of an Icon
Actors: Jack Wrangler, Margaret Whiting, Bruce Vilanch, Marc Shaiman, Michael Musto
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Gay & Lesbian
NR     2008     1hr 22min

Long before Jeff Stryker and Michael Lucas, Jack Wrangler was the number one name in gay porn, and his wild, unpredictable career and life is recounted in this funny, smart and sexy documentary.


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Actors: Jack Wrangler, Margaret Whiting, Bruce Vilanch, Marc Shaiman, Michael Musto
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Gay & Lesbian
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Pop, Gay & Lesbian
Studio: TLA
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 10/28/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 22min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

I still love him...........................................
Kevin M. Kennedy | dunkirk, new york United States | 11/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The film is about his entire life and was very interesting and well worth the cost because for me Jack Wrangler was the hottest porn star ever, and its fun to know everything now. Also I purchased some of his older films, which are available on DVD. so here's to Jack, thank you for sharing all your beauty and talent with all of us, and for me, showing me how there are so many men from various backgrounds who enjoy each other, freely as they should. Although he was gay thru and thru, he still shared his beauty with woman in films, so ladies u may enjoy this as well, enjoy, kev"
Now that Jack has passed on, we have this film...
Ted Patchell | Drexel Hill, PA | 04/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jack Wrangler passed away this week. I saw this film at last summer's Philadelphia gay film festival, and can recommend it to all who would like to know more about this sometimes contradictory, always interesting man. He was more than a "sleazy porn star," having achieved success behind the scenes in theater and being highly respected by his co-workers. And his relationship with the love of his life, singer Margaret Whiting, is surprisingly sweet and surprising. The film could never explain all - but it gives a portrait of Jack pretty well. He will be missed."
You can't get more gay pop culture icon than this ...
DonMac | Lynn, MA United States | 01/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Wrangler has a legacy that will put him in the gay history books forever, which is what I think he really wanted. Madonna may have learned a thing or two from his marketing startegy. Regardless, he was a very likable, sex icon for the 70's early 80's the likes of which we haven't seen in a long time. Really a product of the times, he had an impact that still ripples throughout the community.

This film is okay - but feels a little lightweight. It is easy on the drama and tells us a lot of the obvious. Interesting though is to hear him finally explain his marriage to Margaret Whiting and how that has worked all these years. Some of the comments he makes in interviews in the "extras" section are more interstesing than those included in the film.

Overall, enjoyable and great to see a documentary about a very worthy subject."
From Porn Master to Zen Master
Jeffrey R. Johnson | Orlando, FL United States | 01/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a gay boy not of legal age when Jack Wrangler was in his "hayday" I became aware of him very early on, obsessing about this starkly beautifulu man and casting him in my youthful, sexual fantasies. At 44, I now had the wonderful opprotunity to learn about the man behind the myth, cliche'd as that sounds. "Wrangler" is a reasonably fair handed documentary look at one of gay porn's first stars, and dare I say it? Superstars. He was the first to cross-over into the heterosexual market, but far more remarkable was his ability to step beyond the boundaries of porn altogether, creating a life as a creative force on Broadway and ultimately marrying his soul less a woman, as much as surprise to him as to his devoted audience. In the interviews within this film, we find that Jack is forthright, witty, charming, and still quite handsome at 60. His willingness to be so candid about a life that many others would try to leave behind, makes him all the more likeable and strengthens his "legendary" status. The extras on this disk offer much more detailed anecdotes from his days in gay porn, and throughout all of the film Jack's innate sense of humor propels the film forward where the director might otherwise fail to do so himself. For film historians, gay men over 30, and anyone who might hold an interest in this subculture and vanished piece of American film history..."Wrangler" works."