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The Boys in the Band (1970)

R | | 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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Release Date:

17 March 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Harten und die Zarten  »


Box Office


$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,695, 6 June 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[repeated line]
Cowboy: Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy hirthday Dear Harold, Happy birthday to you!
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A Milestone In "Queer Cinema"
4 April 2002 | by 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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