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The Boys in the Band (1970)

R | | Comedy, 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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cowboy Tex


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Hoy es el cumpleaños de Harold. Este es su regalo. (Spanish) See more »


Comedy | Drama


R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 March 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fiúk a csapatban  »

Box Office


$5,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Feature film screenwriter debut, and overall producing debut of Mart Crowley. See more »


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 »


Harold: Your lips are turning blue. You look like you've been rimming a snowman.
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Referenced in The Crew: The New Pilot, Literally (1995) See more »


Funky Broadway
Written by Arlester Christian (uncredited)
Performed by Wilson Pickett
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A Milestone In "Queer Cinema"
4 April 2002 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I can watch this film over & over. I find some Gay men dismiss it because it makes them feel uncomfortable. I embrace it because I can relate to it. As far as it being "dated", how can it not be in some ways?? It was filmed in 1970! The characters & situations are universal & timeless: Who doesn't know a mean drunk? Who hasn't laughed at & with a loud boisterous friend? Who hasn't felt imprisoned by a relationship? etc. These are people & things that we've all dealt with & faced, whether you're straight or gay. My favorite scene in the film is when they start dancing to a Motown classic. A bunch of old friends remembering younger days on Fire Island. It's bittersweet & poignant.

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