Tab Hunter Confidential

October 30th, 2015


Tab Hunter Confidential

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The story of matinee idol Tab Hunter from teenage stable boy to closeted Hollywood star of the 1950s.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 8.0/10 (510 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Stars: Tab Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman

In the 1950s, Tab Hunter is number one at the box office and number one on the music charts. He is Hollywood's most sought-after star and America's boy next door. Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren are just a few of the actresses he is romantically linked to. Nothing, it seems, can damage his skyrocketing career. Nothing, that is, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. Now, Tab Hunter's secret is out. In TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL we will meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy, healthy survivor of Hollywood's roller coaster.

Clint Eastwood - Himself
Paul Newman - Himself (archive footage)
Portia de Rossi - Herself
Noah Wyle - Himself
Debbie Reynolds - Herself
Natalie Wood - Herself (archive footage)
James Dean - Himself (archive footage)
Robert Wagner - Himself
Rock Hudson - Himself (archive footage)
Anthony Perkins - Himself (archive footage)
Connie Stevens - Herself
Tab Hunter - Himself
Lainie Kazan - Herself
John Waters - Himself
George Takei - Himself

Taglines: Hollywood's All American Boy Had A Secret


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 16 October 2015

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Rating: 10/10

Caught the London screening. The place was packed, not an empty seat in the house, and Mr. Hunter received a thunderous well-deserved standing ovation.

This is one of the best celebrity biography docs for a long time, and will bring to a new, younger audience the reality of how the old Hollywood studio system manipulated its stars for their own corporate gain.

In Tab Hunter Confidential, Mr. Hunter narrates, sharing his insightful and honest view of the Hollywood star-making system of the 50s and his personal rise, success, frustration and fall at Warner Brothers Studios. With self-deprecating humor and warmth, Mr. Hunter reflects on the policies, plans and politics of the studio which dictated how to live in and survive the public life of a movie star, generating popularity and the adoration of his fans. He combines this with honest reflections of his closeted life as a gay man when the word gay did not even exist at the time. Mr. Hunter's frank and authentic portrait of his loves, his family and his faith are complicated, moving and intelligently presented.

Kudos to getting this fascinating autobiography onto the screen with taste and elegance.


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