Pit Stop

5.91 h 20 min201318+
In this compelling drama, openly gay Ernesto and closeted Gabe grapple with the sad tribulations of being gay in a small, working-class Texas town. Reminiscent of such classic rural gay love stories as "Big Eden" and "Brokeback Mountain," this festival hit is an uplifting love story about male intimacy, the heartache of unsuccessful relationships, and the transformative power of love.
Yen Tan
Bill HeckMarcus DeAndaAmy Seimetz
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382 global ratings

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  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Some people get it. I did
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Usually I am very suspicious of 5 star reviews and assume the people involved with the film had their friends write them. Having read all the reviews on this movie I will give all their judgments as being true to the reviewers. I can relate to the one star reviews as the film is a simple slice of loneliness in a small town. Having been raised in a small town, the bland brown painted background does seem to suck out much life and hope and then add being gay as part of day to day burden around unwelcoming straight people even though most people in that town most likely don't care but neither do they want to see it. Chances of falling in love seem unlikely The two guys are a nice take as they seem like unlikely matches. The movie's simple direct lines were wonderful. This was a love story in the end and the lack of histrionics hit me totally. This movie wrecked me. It is a parallel to my first love. Just 2 lost terrified lonely guys. The simple meet and intimacy were powerful enough but the ending with each small tender memories at the end left me in tears. The whole story is told. I was left with hope and isn't that good enough?
Music was astonishing. I have looked for a sound track but cannot find. Anybody know about it?
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Alan BartlettReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Small town... we accept too much and strive for too little
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I have no idea why so many of us (gays) live in small towns where we are not going anywhere with anyone. Why don't we leave for someplace where we have a chance? I don't know the answer, and night does this film. I wish with every ounce of my being that I could stay in my wonderful town and find a partner who would love me and welcome raising my kids. It is hard enough for straights, but for gays, it seems impossible. Perhaps this movie could be a wake up for someone. Oddly, my ex-wife is my best friend and cheering squad. My family is great, but no one can find me a date within sixty miles. If you are from a small town, watch this film and see yourself in at least one of the characters. .
18 people found this helpful
William MacDuffReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Portrait of Small Town LGBTQ Life
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This was my second viewing of the film. I went back to see it again after seeing the very talented, if low key,
Bill Heck in the most recent Cohen Brothers movie on Netflix, BUSTER SCRUGGS.... (Heck plays the young, wagon train guide in the next-to-last sequence, called something like "The Gal Who Acted Too Soon".)

Back to PIT STOP, this is not a film that is desperate to please, yet please it does in the honesty of its portrayal of what it is like to be gay in a small, Texas town. Nobody gets gay bashed, but most of the charactes are basically lonely in the absence of anything that can be called "gay culture". Yet the film is respectful of its characters' love for one another AND for their love of or responsibility to their hometown. There are few gay films that are so honestly and carefully observed; the world of the film may be mundane, but it is peopled with rich human beings who are, on the whole, basically decent.
14 people found this helpful
Emile NelliganReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A realistic slice of life in a small town
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A realistic slice of life in a small town. Marcus DeAnda and Bill Heck have created believable, three dimensional characters. Both men came from broken past relationships and are working to put their lives back on track. As Ernesto said at one point on the phone to the young man who moved out, you can always start over again. That is exactly what the two leads are trying to do. The supporting actors are equally as believable and spot on.

No histrionics in this film. The story flows beautifully like a French film. The soundtrack is also perfect. Even in the most dismal circumstances, love finds a way.
10 people found this helpful
Norvell J. MaherReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Middle Age Love!
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Everybody wants to complicate this story, but it is a disservice to the film itself! We have two middle age men that are two damaged souls, looking for a loving relationship. It is this interaction that fuels this film and makes all so believable. SOMETIMES, JUST SOMETIMES, LOVE FINDS A WAY INSPITE OF ALL THE OBSTACLES!! NJMJr!!
PS If you have never lived in a small town then this film may just seem mundane! This is especially true for a small Texas town, for I have lived there and felt its effects personally both good and bad!! NJMJr!!
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Forth WrightReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A snippet of reality
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Was this scripted? It was too close to reality to be scripted. Far from the two-dimensional characters in some films, where one person displays a fragile, emotion-filled, highly dramatic or aloof, distant and emotionally chilled, the film shows the multifaceted spectrum of emotions--from discretion-seeking to open-to-relationship and the need to be caring yet knowing when to set boundaries. No exploding scenry; no caped vigilantes; or cartoon-filled minutes. No explicit sex scenes but intimacy scenes.

The plot and lives could be a documentary for thousands of men and women "in the life" in rural American towns where a gay bar is non-existent and while no bashing and acceptance is present the possiblity of a fulfilling relationship is as rare as a unicorn.
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jxnzbooksReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully acted, small slice of life indie film
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As one reviewer indicated - let's not over-complicate this. This is a really fine indie film following a brief period in the lives of two gay men who live in a "rural-ish" Texas town - but actually they could have lived anywhere. Both are a little lonesome, both have had difficult break ups, and for various reasons, just like the film, they are understated, emotional, and much much deeper than just "lonely gay characters." The story-telling is subtle and various relationships and events unfold slowly - but with lead actors who both understand how to use their faces, hands, and bodies to convey meaning, words are rarely needed to tell you exactly what's going on. Just as a movie in total, I really have to give it high marks for acting, cinematography, and the music is gorgeous and fits the scenes perfectly. Only one side character made me think "oh, yeah, this is an indie flick" but given the character, he's not bad, just a little stiff. Overall, one of the best movies I've seen recently in the gay indie genre.
3 people found this helpful
Jack (Not Jack)Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A small masterpiece of aching loneliness and longing...
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This film was a delightful surprise, and it was just what I was looking for. I love films that portray the aching loneliness, and the longing, for meaningful connections with other people... especially during this pandemic (it's December 2020, and we are currently in our second stay-at-home lockdown in San Francisco), and especially ESPECIALLY when they depict human - and humane - gay characters as something other than just stereotypes. And this lovely, bittersweet character-driven gem of a film delivered everything I was hoping to see on a quiet Saturday evening.

Kudos to the director, Yen Tan, and to the writers, and every single actor in the film - there was not a false note from anyone - and a special shout-out to the two main, incredibly attractive and talented actors, Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, whose lovely, sweet, moving introduction to each other - as Gabe and Ernesto - takes almost the entire film to happen... although you know it's coming. Their performances so moved me that I went immediately to IMDB to find their other work. (I had a similar experience last weekend after watching "Before the Fall" on Prime Video and being introduced to Chase Conner and the remarkable Ethan Sharrett.) And thanks, as well, to Director Tan for a happy ending, for once: the ending left me longing to know more about these two characters, Gabe and Ernesto - since their story is just beginning as the film ends - and to follow their later years as middle-aged gay male lovers/partners (?) navigating small-town life. As unlikely as it seems more than 7 years after the first film, I would eagerly return to this story again if there were ever a sequel.

I'm thoroughly enjoying catching up to some lovely films on Amazon Prime as the pandemic waxes and wanes. In recent weeks, I've watched this film ("Pit Stop"), the afore-mentioned "Before the Fall," "God's Own Country," and "Drive Me Home," and enjoyed them all... but "Pit Stop," especially, touched me deeply, and I'm sure I'll be watching it again. Thank you!
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