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The Velocity of Gary (1998)

Ex porn star Valentino and Gary are in love with each other. But Valentino also has a girlfriend. Tragedy hits them, when Valentino collapses and is hospitalized with AIDS.


Dan Ireland


James Still




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Valentino
Salma Hayek ... Mary Carmen
Thomas Jane ... Gary * (His Real Name)
Olivia d'Abo ... Veronica
Shawn Michael Howard ... Coco
Khalil Kain ... Venus
Chad Lindberg ... Kid Joey
Cordelia Richards Cordelia Richards ... Jana Roberts
Danny Arroyo ... Thug #1 on Street
Bingo Bingo ... Rodney
Jason Cutler Jason Cutler ... Romaine
Elizabeth D'Onofrio ... Dorothy
Hawk D'Onofrio ... Running Boy (as Hakan D'Onofrio)
Keegan de Lancie ... Choir Boy
Ravell Dameron Ravell Dameron ... Receptionist in Clinic


Valentino is an Ex Adult film star very much in love with his girlfriend Mary Carmen....and boyfriend Gary. Things take a tragic turn when Valentino is rushed to the hospital after collapsing on a city street and is diagnosed with HIV/AIDS...Forcing Mary Carmen and Gary to push aside their jealousy & differences to take care of the man they both love while he is dying. Ultimately finding comfort, understanding, and strength in the other. Written by ~~Pixie~~

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language, some drug use and violent images | See all certifications »

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Valentino: I don't wanna live without you guys. And now I don't wanna die without you.
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Moving and involving
4 July 2002 | by DB-08-DBSee all my reviews

Dan Ireland's film The Velocity of Gary* (*Not his real name)is both moving and involving, painting a honest depiction of unconventional love in an almost abstract, fantastical way. I tracked this film down (not an easy task here in the UK) as a loyal follower of the great Thomas Jane and was not disappointed when I finally got to watch it. Jane plays Gary, a hustler in New York who falls under the loving wing of Valentino, an adult film actor played by Vincent D' Onofrio. Both have an immediate attraction to one another (sexual? paternal, in Valentino's case?) but things are complicated by the presence of Valentino's shrieking girlfriend Mary Carmen (Salma Hayek). A brutal yet genuinely loving emotional triangle is formed, then tragedy strikes as Valentino is diagnosed with AIDS. Adapted by James Still from his own one man play, this is raw, passionate stuff, and not to everyone's taste. But to those who want to taste something a little different, I highly recommend the picture. Two factors keep the interest throughout: 1) Jane. His performance is honest, brave and utterly believable. He has to be the best working young actor in American film at this point in time. 2) The films original score by Peitor Angell is as moving as its source material. The films theme (though it only appears during the opening credits and during a festival some time later) is a beautiful piece of film composition. This is an intimate little flick which, whilst never exactly 'feel-good', highlights the gift of life and making the most of it.

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Release Date:

30 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,242, 2 May 1999

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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