Film by Adrian Buitenhuis celebrates late star of Dirty Dancing, Ghost, To Wong Foo and more
I Am Patrick Swayze, the documentary about the late actor who became one of the leading Hollywood stars of his time, is coming to DVD and digital platforms August 20.
Virgil Films, distributor of the film directed by Adrian Buitenhuis, announced the release on Tuesday. The company's titles include noted documentaries I Am Chris Farley, I Am Heath Ledger, Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me, and the Oscar-nominated Restrepo.
I Am Patrick Swayze features "never-before-seen home videos, photographs and original interviews with those who knew Patrick best—including the illustrious costars of his biggest films," Virgil Films said in a press release. "This documentary dives beyond his status as a sex-symbol to reveal the complexities of an often misunderstood movie star. From his ferocious drive, to his most iconic roles and off camera battles with alcohol and cancer, Patrick’s family, friends and collaborators reflect on the life and legacy of the man they endearingly called Buddy."
Swayze's credits include the box office smash Ghost (1990), Point Break (1991), Road House (1989), The Outsiders (1983), Red Dawn (1984), Dirty Dancing (1987), and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995). He died of pancreatic cancer in September 2009, at the age of 57.
"Whether he was leading a pack of outsiders, performing acrobatics 10,000 feet in the air, strutting in full drag, or sweeping women, literally, off their feet, he approached every role with vulnerability and fearlessness," Virgil Films writes. "I Am Patrick Swayze channels the same tenderness and strength that defined not only Patrick’s beloved characters, but the remarkable man he was—a man who was born to be either a Texan cowboy, prolific dancer, all-star athlete or a true artist, who instead decided to be all of them."
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.