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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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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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Today is Harold's birthday. This is his present. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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17 March 1970 (USA)  »

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A fiúk a csapatban  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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In 2002, the sequel play, "The Men from the Boys," also written by Mart Crowley, premiered in San Francisco and was produced in Los Angeles in 2003. See more »

Goofs

While Emery starts serving his "depressed pasta" at the party, the rose in his teeth changes direction. 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 Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

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Anything Goes
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Written by Cole Porter (uncredited)
Performed by Cole Porter (uncredited)
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More powerful than most contemporary "gay" cinema
19 May 2003 | by (Seattle, United States) – See all my reviews

Originally I saw this in high school in the mid '70s. It was exciting to see gay men on screen, even if they were in then end mostly unhappy. I watched it just recently (2003) and I find it is still a more thoughtful gay film than 90% of the films that come out under the genre of "gay" these days. Unlike its contemporaries, Boys in the Band is about thinking about being gay, not just cute bodies and such. The scarfs around the neck, and the tight polyester flared trousers do lend it an hint of fashion horror to me. It was also quite an accomplishment for William Friedkin to bring this play to the screen in such an effective way. Many contemporary gay men will think; my how far we have come. I say, watch it a second time and look and listen and see if things have really gotten any better. Cinematically or socially.


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