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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
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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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A fiúk a csapatban  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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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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Michael: Show me a happy homosexual and I'll show you a gay corpse.
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Featured in Making the Boys (2011) See more »

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Take the Fifth Amendment
Written by Joe Tex (uncredited)
Performed by Joe Tex
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I Know These People!
18 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie is my all time favorite. It's somewhat dated in a cosmetic sort of way, but still entertains some thirty years later. The characters mirror people I've known throughout my lifetime. From self-hating Michael, flaming Emory, butch acting Hank to bitchy Harold, the characters are real. Some people think the movie is a downer, but when I'm feeling a little lonely or blue, I pop in this tape and I'm transported to a great party with friends I've known all my life. The characters are so familiar, I really feel like I'm there!


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