Two magnetic personalities meet for the first time in this Bizarre Production as Voldemar teams up with newcomer Tiny Tom (in his very first film) in an appealing story that you will want to watch over and over .....
Our story begins in the freight yards as Tiny Tom arrives by "special coach" flees the watchman's glaring glances, reaches the street above the yards and begins to hitchhike into town. As luck would have it, Voldemar is the one who picks him up, and, instead of going straight home, they stop off at a nearby park and Voldemar takes him for a boat ride. They are obviously mutually attracted to each other as they leave the park - running hand in hand.
Another stop off on a deserted dirt rood finds them romping and playing in the tall grass as Voldemar finally pins Tiny Tom to the ground. Now the mood turns serious as the boys look at each other very affectionately and proceed to undress each other. The film ends as the boys seal their new-found friendship with a long ... lingering ... kiss. Need we say more?
Somebody had to break the ice—but it was Pat Rocco who finally did it. "A VERY SPECIAL FRIEND" became the first film to feature a long, lingering, passionate kiss between two boys. The kiss lasted a full minute on the screen and Rocco, his attorneys, the theatre manager, and even the ushers all expected to be arrested any minute. But nothing happened, and this fine film set the precedent for all future male filmmakers to follow.
—and the reviewers went wild—
"The most mind-blowing event of the evening was when Rocco (when everyone else always chickened out) had the honesty to present two males kissing. It was revelation and a lifting of the old burden of guilt borne too long by homosexuals as natural loving people. "A Very Special Friend" was my favorite of the evening . . ."
Sam Winston and J.R.
Los Angeles ADVOCATE