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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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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)

Gross USA:

$4,609,953
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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

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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Soundtracks

Dreamgirls
Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen
Original Broadway Cast
Published by Warner/Chappell Music
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Still very, very good
3 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I was a physician in New York City from 1989 until 1992, and saw a tremendous number of people with AIDS. I feel that this movie, although it may appear to be dated, is an excellent portrayl of events that were all too common at that time. It gives a good sense of the confusion, misinformation, sense of being lost, and of not knowing what to do for those suffering and for their friends and companions. The actors did an excellent job in showing this. I believe that this movie is still important and merits being shown often.


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