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Longtime Companion (1989)

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The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s.

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Willy
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Howard
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Lisa
Stephen Caffrey ...
Fuzzy
Tanya Berezin ...
Office Manager
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Rochelle
Michael Piontek ...
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Joyce Reehling ...
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Sean
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Perhaps the first film to put a human face on the AIDS epidemic, Longtime Companion follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as "Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder," we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates the lives of our protagonists. Jumping between Manhattan and Fire Island, vignettes carry us from the it-couldn't-happen-to-me mentality of the early days of the disease to the invasive effect it has had on all of our lives, today. The title of the film comes from the New York Times' refusal to acknowledge homosexual relationships in their obituary section during this period. Instead, survivors were referred to as "Longtime Companions" of the deceased. Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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1 May 1990 (Portugal)  »

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$4,609,953 (USA)
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Trivia

The cast members reunited in 1995 in Los Angeles to be presented with the Video Industry AIDS Action Committee's 'Longtime Companion' Award, honoring AIDS awareness, education and care. See more »

Goofs

Howard and Paul live next door to Lisa in an apartment building. In the opening scenes, Lisa and Paul each come out of their respective apartments into the hallway at the same time, establishing her apartment on the left and the boys' apartment on the right. Later in the movie, after Paul and Howard have gone out to dinner, the same apartments are filmed from the opposite side (through the outside windows), but instead of being mirrored as they should be (with the boys' apartment on the left and Lisa's on the right), Lisa's is still on the left and Howard and Paul's are still on the right. See more »

Quotes

Bartender: What do you want?
John: I'll have the sweat of that hairy man's brow, thank you.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bourée
from Water Music Suite in F Major
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Frideric Handel)
Performed by Ars rediviva
Courtesy of Supraphon
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Fantastic Look At Gay Life During The AIDS Crisis
9 May 2004 | by (Barrie, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is a brilliant look at a group of people who band together to get through the crisis of AIDS in the 1980's. I was touched with the drama shown as members of the group die, the riveting emotion shown as lovers and friends suffer from the effects of the disease.

This film is truely an excellent portrayal of companionship, and love.

Showing the world, that gay men are equal to straight as ever, and that everyone is exposed to life ending diseases. We learn that its important to love life every day, because there may not be a tomorrow. These are great rules to live by. Well Done!


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