IMDb > The Boys in the Band (1970)
The Boys in the Band
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Boys in the Band (1970) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 4 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
The Boys in the Band -- Clip: Dinner Is Served, Along With A Healthy Dose Of Witty Banter
The Boys in the Band -- Clip: When An Unexpected Guest Arrives At The Birthday Party, The Tone Of The Celebration Shifts Dramatically


User Rating:
7.7/10   3,009 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Mart Crowley (play)
Mart Crowley (screenplay)
View company contact information for The Boys in the Band on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
17 March 1970 (USA) See more »
Today is Harold's birthday. This is his present. See more »
Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Milestone In "Queer Cinema" See more (74 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kenneth Nelson ... Michael
Frederick Combs ... Donald

Cliff Gorman ... Emory

Laurence Luckinbill ... Hank
Keith Prentice ... Larry

Peter White ... Alan McCarthy
Reuben Greene ... Bernard

Robert La Tourneaux ... Cowboy Tex

Leonard Frey ... Harold
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Maud Adams ... Photo Model (uncredited)
Elaine Kaufman ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Directed by
William Friedkin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mart Crowley  play
Mart Crowley  screenplay

Produced by
Mart Crowley .... producer
Dominick Dunne .... executive producer
Robert Jiras .... executive producer
Kenneth Utt .... associate producer
Joe Allen .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Gerald Greenberg)
Carl Lerner 
Production Design by
John Robert Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
Philip Smith  (as Phil Smith)
Costume Design by
W. Robert La Vine 
Makeup Department
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist (as Vern Caruso)
John Jiras .... makeup artist
Bob O'Bradovich .... makeup supervisor (as Robert O'Bradovich)
Robert Philippe .... makeup department head (as Robert Phillipe)
Production Management
Paul Ganapoler .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred T. Gallo .... assistant director
William C. Gerrity .... assistant director
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joe Carraciolo)
Edward Garzero .... master scenic artist (as Ed Garzero)
James Halligan .... construction grip (as Jim Halligan)
Robert H. Klatt .... set dresser (as Robert Klatt)
Ken Paquette .... head carpenter
Robert Wightman .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Jean Bagley .... dubbing editor
Vincent Connelly .... sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor (as John J. Fitzstephens)
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound (as Jack C. Jacobson)
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
Arthur Bloom .... boom operator (uncredited)
Al Gramaglia .... sound mixer (uncredited)
James Perdue .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Mahony .... key grip (as Mike Mahoney)
Sal Martorano .... chief electrician
Willie Meyerhoff .... chief electrician
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator (as Richard Mingalone)
Muky .... still photographer
Felix Trimboli .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph W. Dehn .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Lynn Lewis Lovett .... assistant editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Other crew
Everett Alson .... titles
Richard Barr .... play (as first produced on the stage by)
Peter Benoit .... unit publicist
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor (as Nancy Tonery)
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production secretary (as Adeline Leonard)
Ruth A. Oberdorfer .... secretary to producers (as Ruth Oberdorfer)
Lillian Osorowitz .... production auditor
Charles Woodward .... play (as first produced on the stage by)

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
118 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1984) | Finland:K-16 | France:16 (1972) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1997) | Japan:Unrated | Netherlands:Unrated | New Zealand:R | New Zealand:M (DVD rating) | Norway:18 (1972) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

First credited feature film role for Kenneth Nelson, who portrayed Michael.See more »
Continuity: When Michael is putting the ribbon on the birthday gift, the bow appears on the package between shots.See more »
Michael:What is he - a psychiatrist or a hairdresser?
Donald:Actually he's both. He shrinks my head and then combs me out.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Summer Stock (1950)See more »
The FrogSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
49 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
A Milestone In "Queer Cinema", 4 April 2002
Author: Blooeyz2001 from Florida

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (74 total) »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Stonewall Milk A Single Man Brokeback Mountain Happy Endings
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.