In this compelling documentary, based on his best-selling 2005 autobiography, Tab Hunter takes us on his life journey with humor, humility and an honesty that inspires. He is a unique bridge from old to present day Hollywood having worked with the greatest talents of the last 65 years. The river he crossed was often terrifying but he made it and cleverly shows us how.
This satisfies every type of viewer’s desires to learn about how someone can survive the myopic demands of Hollywood, endure the brutal temperatures of media fame and come out the other end a man of wit, character and dignity. "Tab Hunter Confidential" isn’t about secrets, it is the truth about a business, society and popular culture that wants only to idolize and profit from manufactured assumptions, assembly line expectations and a packaged persona. Tab Hunter was created by the Hollywood studio “Dream Factory” in its final years and filled the needs on screen for an escape into who we wanted to be, who we wanted to love and offer the happy endings we couldn’t always achieve. His movie performances went from ridiculous to riveting in a few short years. However, in all of his performances the viewer senses his vulnerability and desire to be believed, which he was. Whatever the project, he did his best to make it entertaining. He mastered his crafts and they were many as an actor, champion skater, best-selling singer and the love of his life, horses.
He didn’t do it alone and the pivotal relationships made and lost during his journey to become who he is are lovingly and tastefully shared here. This is no tawdry tell-all about Tab being gay, which is discussed in all its terrors of the times he's lived in. Instead, this is a layered look at how to be true to yourself no matter how many detours, roadblocks, slippery inclines or smooth highway our roads provide.
Tab Hunter would be happy to be forgotten and hates labels. He didn’t approach this willingly or with any motives other than to not let his life story be told by strangers through a lens of sensationalism. Luckily he had Allan Glaser, his partner of over 30 years who is a gifted producer and the type of Hollywood historian with the rare talent to insure that Tab’s story is told with the sensitivity and class it deserves. He thoroughly succeeded.