Title:  Rock the Boat

Release Date:  1998

Nationality and Language: USA, English

Running time: 89 min

MPAA Rating: Not available (suggest PG-13)

Distributor and Production Company: Tell the Truth Productions   

Director; Writer: Robert Houston

Producer: Robert Houston


Technical: 16 mm?

Relevance to DOASKDOTELL site: HIV



Movie Review: Rock the Boat (1998); Producer/Director: Robert Hudson; 85 Minutes; PG-13; Independently distributed (Hawaii) (Tell the Truth Productions; Get Challenged Films); Best Picture at Hawaiian International Film Festival; nominated for Best Documentary in 1998 Aacademy Awards


            Remember the 70's rock song by that name in the bars? It turns up in the rollicking soundtrack, over a fast-moving but grainy account of ten HIV-positive men who entered their sailboat in a 2000+ 10-day TransPac (Trans-Pacific) race from California to Hawaii.

            What you see is virile, athletic men (regardless if one of them a T4 count of 50). Hairy chests abound. The camaraderie is of the sports high-five variety, with an occasional hug. The scenes move quickly from one incident (crisis) to the next, although there is a certain monotony of scenery. The photography (16 mm??) does not always focus properly.

            There was some interesting sociology. You had to compete to even get on the "AIDS boat" ("The Survivor"), and some men had to be turned down. (Well, that used to happen with the lineup in the Dallas Oak Lawn Softball association.)

            I don't know how they did it… ten men so cramped together (a reference to gays in the military), and how they got access to the Internet (by satellite?) They had a hair-raising brush with Hurricane Delores.

            But let's see more work from this small film company, with help maybe from larger independents and theater chains.



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