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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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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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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)  »

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A fiúk a csapatban  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Stars all of the same actors from the original play. Producer/author Mart Crowley insisted that the entire original cast of the off-Broadway production be used in the film. See more »

Goofs

While Emery starts serving his "depressed pasta" at the party, the rose in his teeth changes direction. See more »

Quotes

Michael: Oh Harold, he's beautiful.
Harold: Yeah, beautiful. He has unnatural, natural beauty. Not that that means anything.
Michael: It doesn't mean everything.
Harold: Keep telling yourself that, as your hair drops out in handfuls.
Michael: Faggots are worse than women about their age. They think their lives are over at thirty. Physical beauty is not all that goddamn important.
Harold: Course not. How could it be? It's only in the eye of the beholder.
Michael: And it's only skin deep.
Harold: Only skin deep. It's transitory, too. It's terribly transitory. Oh ...
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Referenced in Up Late with Alec Baldwin: Episode #1.3 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By
Written by Nick Ashford (uncredited) and Valerie Simpson (uncredited)
Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
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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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