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Saturday Night at the Baths1975

  • 3.6
Desperate for a job, Michael finds himself as the piano player at the Continental baths. Although he complains to his girlfriend about the advances of the club manager, Scotti, Michael is slowly discovering something new about himself. A strange and erotically charged friendship develops between the three of them. Filled with professional female impersonators, men dancing in their underwear and a steamy shower room scene, SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE BATHS is a surprisingly poignant glimpse into the gay lifestyle of the 1970’s.

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I didn't have high hopes for an independently made gay themed romantic comedy from the mid-70s, but it's quite a fine film, with attitudes regarding sex and sexuality that are still progressive for today. It isn't perfect, some of the dialog is clunky and the acting isn't always top notch, but it feels genuine. It's a good piece of storytelling in addition to being an important document of the pre-AIDS gay community in NYC.

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I didn't have high hopes for an independently made gay themed romantic comedy from the mid-70s, but it's quite a fine film, with attitudes regarding sex and sexuality that are still progressive for today. It isn't perfect, some of the dialog is clunky and the acting isn't always top notch, but it feels genuine. It's a good piece of storytelling in addition to being an important document of the pre-AIDS gay community in NYC.

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It started out as a promising film, re: being str8 in the gay world. However, it bent over backwards in showing the endearing relationship between the str8 couple, in fact, I began to feel I was watching a love story of a str8 couple! When it came to depicting the gay scene, oh god, it showed every cliche that makes any gay person shudder! Drag queens, bitchy , eye rolling and swishy effeminate guys the very types that turns off a str8 person! I think this movie was trying to be 'honest' in showing the milieu of the gay lifestyle, but ironically, it set it back 20 years! Also, the relationship between (forgot his name) and Scotti , in the end, seemed inconclusive. It appears after his tryst, ? told Scotti he would see him again and then when he meets with his GF, he indicates he had 'it' with Scotti, but he doesn't think he will again!So, it appears he will remain str8 and leave the gay world to others?

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This is a rough-edged but sweet, very 70s movie, recalling a time when a gay subculture thrived away from the mainstream. The characters are sympathetic, complex, open, and searching to invent and find themselves ingenuously. I really enjoyed watching it, implausible as it seems from the jaundiced eye of 2015. Special feature is a cameo by the young Jane Olivor, who entertains at the lavish bathhouse where the central axis of the movie spins.

Two stars for it's part in documenting a slice of gay history, but that's it. This was a gay film for straight people with all the tired cliches on view. The straight sex scene you get in the first 15 minutes is the most erotic thing here unfortunately and sooo long. The gay sex is some weak sh*t. Totally unbelievable character development but kudos to the agent who got the actress second billing in a film about gay men. That Judy was incredible though.

An easy film to watch. The fashion & set styling is a fine record of the period. The actors did a good job creating the characters but I think the directing was somewhat soft so that the personalities of each character was not truly engaging. The story was good but I think the main character would have had stronger feelings considering the situation he found himself. Nicely shot nude scenes. Something for everyone.

Extremely poor acting and poor cinematography. Don't waste any of your precious time on this one.

The movie was very good. However; with the last lines being what they were the movie needed to have another ending.

Ron

Lame, not worth the time.

Just loved seeing NYC from the 70's like that. It wasn't until 1995 when I moved to the city.

Like it a lot, not finished yet.....

Remembering the 1970 clothes and music and essence of the times and sexual energy, the movie brought out the times in what unfolded in those times past.

Felt like home. Real.

Don't know how true the night life was like in the bath houses during this time period. However, it seemed very likely that this would be the format. Not the best story line, but it does have a somewhat thin bittersweet line of realness. The gays were protrayed as very effeminate, and maybe that is how homosexuals were that were totally out during this time period.

love it

I LIKED THIS MOVIE THOUGH IT HAD THE LOOK OF BEING MADE IN THE 70'S WITH THE HAIR STYLES AND FASHION. STILL ALL IN ALL IT WAS PRETTY GOOD. MICHEAL DID SEEM TO HAVE HOMOPHOBIA BECAUSE HE WAS BATTLING HIS OWN HOMOSEXUAL DESIRES. SCOTTY WAS GENTLE KIND AND LOVING TOWARDS HIM AND TRACEY. TRACEY SENSED THAT SOMETHING ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY MADE MICHEAL VERY AFRAID. I THINK SHE SUSPECTED IMMEDIATELY THAT MICHEAL HAD SO DEEP INNER CONFLICTS GOING ON AND HIS REACTION TO THE WHOLE HOMOSEXUAL SCENE SCARED HIM VERY MUCH. IT WAS A NICE FILM. IT COULD HAVE HAD MORE RAW SEX IN IT, WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE IT FABULOUS.

Very Entertaining! I enjoyed looking back at the culture that many enjoyed!