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The Boys in the Band (1970)

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

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Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Nelson ...
Michael
Frederick Combs ...
Donald
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Emory
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Hank
Keith Prentice ...
Larry
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Alan McCarthy
Reuben Greene ...
Bernard
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Cowboy Tex
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Harold
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Storyline

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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"The Boys in the Band" ...is not a musical. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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17 March 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fiúk a csapatban  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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According to the original contract to make the film, seen on screen in the documentary Making the Boys (2011), the original budget for the film "The Boys in the Band" was $1.25 million. See more »

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When he arrives at the party, Cowboy's hairstyle is completely different than it was when he appeared in opening montage as street hustler just several hours earlier. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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Funky Broadway
Written by Arlester Christian (uncredited)
Performed by Wilson Pickett
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Great 70s Stage Play Stands The Test of Time
3 January 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

THE BOYS IN THE BAND (4 outta 5 stars) Great movie adaptation of the acclaimed stage play. A bunch of guys get together to throw a birthday party for a friend. A few underlying tensions come to the forefront and complications ensue... alcohol is consumed and tempers flare and things get said which shouldn't be said and may be unforgivable. I love these kids of movies! Even though the movie is very "stagy" (it mainly takes place on one set), the acting is so natural that you'll begin to believe you are actually eavesdropping on a rowdy party next door. Oh, did I mention that the characters are all gay? As the ads for this movie proclaim: "This is NOT a musical!" I first saw this on the late show when I was in my early teens and now, some thirty years later, I still find the movie extremely powerful and compelling. Cliff Gorman is especially good as the effeminate Emory. I think this is the only time he ever played "camp" and can't believe that he wasn't totally typecast after his performance here. Leonard Frey is also great as the enigmatic and intense Harold (the birthday boy). But Kenneth Nelson in the lead role of Michael really holds this movie together. He starts out as such a nice guy, the person the audience is supposed to identify with... but as the evening commences his personality becomes uglier and uglier, until he is no longer playing the movie's "hero".


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