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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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Michael
Frederick Combs ...
Donald
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Keith Prentice ...
Larry
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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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Die Harten und die Zarten  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The original off-Broadway production of "The Boys in the Band" opened at the Theatre Four on April 15, 1968 and closed on September 6, 1970, after more than 1,000 performances. The original play had a short revival at the Lucille Lortel Theater, Greenwich Village, from August 6 to October 20, 1996. 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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Cowboy: I'm not a steal. I cost twenty dollars.
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Referenced in The Bob Newhart Show: Jerry Robinson Crusoe (1974) See more »

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A Milestone In "Queer Cinema"
4 April 2002 | by (Florida) – 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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