The Boys in the Band (1970)

R  |   |  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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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 <>

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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 Peter White, who portrayed Alan McCarthy. 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 »


Cowboy: I lost my grip doing my chin ups and fell on my heels and twisted my back.
Emory: You shouldn't wear heels when you do chin ups!
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Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971) See more »


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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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