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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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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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He's unnaturally, naturally beautiful and he's just one of Harold's birthday presents! See more »

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Die Harten und die Zarten  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,695 (USA) (6 June 2000)
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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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[Looking in the mirror]
Michael: There's one thing to be said about masturbation: you certainly don't have to look your best.
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Love Is Like a Heat Wave
Written by Eddie Holland (uncredited), Lamont Dozier (uncredited) and Brian Holland (uncredited)
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas (as Martha and the Vandellas)
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Like it or not, it's powerful
18 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bunch of gay men (and one straight guy) get together for a birthday party. Things slowly barrel out of control, the men attack each other and "The Truth Game" tears them apart.

I'm an out, proud gay man and I love this movie. Yes, it's a downer--yes, they all hate themselves--yes, they tear each other apart. But you know what? Those men EXIST! I met them when I came out in the 80s and they're still around now almost 20 years later. Go to any popular gay bar on a Saturday night and you'll find plenty of Michaels in full voice. Also, this film was made in 1970 when homosexuality was still considered a mental illness and was against the law in many states--no wonder these guys were miserable. Also, it was a milestone in Hollywood--the first movie which dealt with all gay characters and not one of them killed himself! I saw it unedited on TV when I was closeted and it didn't depress me at all. It was uplifting (in a strange way). Even though these men are clawing at each other, they're still friends and they are there for each other. Also, the "Truth Game" has never been played at parties I've gone to. So, you may not like it, but gay men like this do exist. Avoid at all costs the cut TV version. It's 13 MINUTES shorter and is incomprehensible.


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