Crocodile Tears (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Gay & Lesbian Films  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ann Coppel directed this Seattle-based low-budget dark comedy, adapted by executive producer-actor Ted Sod from his own AIDS-themed play Satan and Simon DeSoto. Junior-high art instructor Simon (Sod) gets a 1995 HIV-positive diagnosis. Simon panics, since he had a friend who had suffered from AIDS before choosing to commit suicide. Satan (William Salyers) appears and offers to rid Simon of HIV. In return, Simon is forced to become a racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic stand-up comic, while allowing his former lover Carl (Dan Savage) to die instead. Shown at the 1998 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival.

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deal-with-the-devil, HIV, homophobia, racism, suicide