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The Boys in the Band (1970)

R | | Drama | 17 March 1970 (USA)
Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party.

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Donald
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Hank
Keith Prentice ...
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Cowboy Tex
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It's Harold's birthday, and his closest friends throw him a party at Michael's apartment. Among Harold's presents is "Cowboy", since Harold may have trouble finding a cute young man on his own now that he's getting older. As the party progresses the self-deprecating humor of the group takes a nasty turn as the men become drunker. Climaxed by a cruel telephone "game" where each man must call someone and tell him (or her?) of his love for them. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A fiúk a csapatban  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Film debut of Keith Prentice, who portrayed Larry. Of the three feature film roles essayed by Prentice, all involved minorities. In The Boys and the Band and Cruising (1980), both directed by William Friedkin, the subject matter was gay men, and in The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972), the subject matter was a slave who killed a white man. See more »

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When Michael is putting the ribbon on the birthday gift, the bow appears on the package between shots. See more »

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Michael: It's not always the way it is in plays. Not all faggots bump themselves off at the end of the story!
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Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971) See more »

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The Look of Love
Written by Hal David (uncredited) and Burt Bacharach (uncredited)
Performed by Burt Bacharach
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First Major Film To Portray Homosexuality in a Mature Way.
27 November 2002 | by (Lancaster, California) – See all my reviews

The Boys In The Band is my favorite all-time movie. It still sends a message and holds up well even in this decade. Every actor in this cast is perfect for the character they play. This film may have been the first major film to portray homosexuality in a mature way and still is the best film above all. This is not a disgusting film. It is honest and dramatic. I have seen this film several times through different ages and chapters of my life. I get more out of it each time. Sadly, most of the cast, Robert La Tourneaux, Leonard Frey, Frederick Combs, Keith Prentice, Kenneth Nelson and Cliff Gorman are no longer with us. All men should see this film. The best instrumental version of "The Look Of Love" by Burt Bacharach can be heard here. I wish "The Boys In The Band" could be restored and re-issued on VHS video and for DVD.


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