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The Boys in the Band (1970)

R | | 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 ...
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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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He's unnaturally, naturally beautiful and he's just one of Harold's birthday presents! See more »

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Die Harten und die Zarten  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Feature film debut of Reuben Greene, who portrayed Bernard. 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: Let's do this again real soon.
Harold: Yeah, how about a year from Shavuos?
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References The Gay Caballero (1940) See more »

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Love Is Like a Heat Wave
Written by Eddie Holland (uncredited), Lamont Dozier (uncredited) and Brian Holland (uncredited)
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas (as Martha and the Vandellas)
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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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