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Longtime Companion (1989)

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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Willy
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Howard
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Paul
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Lisa
Stephen Caffrey ...
Fuzzy
Tanya Berezin ...
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Rochelle
Michael Piontek ...
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Joyce Reehling ...
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Mark Lamos ...
Sean
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John
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Michael
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Bob
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Dugogodišnji prijatelj  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,609,953 (USA)
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Trivia

The title refers to the only way that newspapers at the time would allow a gay man's lover to be listed in an obituary. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene set in July 1981, a character plays a tape of The Human League's song "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of". However, this song was not released until October 1981 when it appeared on the band's album "Dare". 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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Connections

Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Casta Diva
Aria from the Opera "Norma"
Written by Vincenzo Bellini
Performed by Jona Sova and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Supraphone
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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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