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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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Cast

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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Hoy es el cumpleaños de Harold. Este es su regalo. (Spanish) 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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Feature film debut of Reuben Greene, who portrayed Bernard. 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 »

Quotes

Michael: [about Emory's falling down] A falling down drunk nellie queen.
Harold: Well, THAT'S the pot calling the kettle "beige".
Michael: [loud, drunken] I AM NOT DRUNK!
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Referenced in The American Experience: Stonewall Uprising (2011) See more »

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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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