- 1 hr 58 min
Big Eden is the name of the small fictional town in Northwest Montana where the gay-themed romantic comedy Big Eden takes place. Big Eden follows the life of Henry Hart. Henry is an artist with a successful career living in New York City. One day he gets a call from his father, who tells him that his grandfather is sick and his father needs him to return home to help manage things. The story suggests that Henry Hart has been openly gay for a long time, long enough for nearly all the people in his hometown to be aware of his sexuality and to accept him with open arms when he returns home. This makes Big Eden notably different from other gay-themed films where homophobia is a central conflict in the lives of the gay characters. For Henry, though, his major problem is trying to sort out the feelings he still has for his high school fiend Dean Stewart. Dean was the captain of the football team and Henry’s friend, but to Henry he has always been much more. Henry confronts Dean with his feelings, and Dean returns them. The men engage in a short-lived relationship in which Henry’s feelings outlive Dean’s affections. A love triangle develops when Dean, who is bi-sexual, begins to see another woman and leaves Henry free to pursue his feelings for a shy Native American man named Pike Dexter who owns a general store in town. As Dean distances himself from Henry, Henry begins to spend more time with Pike. Over time, Pike slowly faces his true feelings for Henry. Big Eden was written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. Arye gross stars as Henry Hart, George Coe as his father Sam Hart, Eric Scweig as Pike Dexter, Tim DeKay as Dean Stewart, Louise Fletcher as Grace Cornwell, Corrine Bohrer as Anna Rudolph, and Nan Martin as the Widow Thayer. The film, minus the opening sequence, was shot entirely in Montana.