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Boys on the Side (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  3 February 1995 (USA)
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Jane is a night club singer, out of work. Robin is a quirky real estate agent looking for a ride-share to accompany her to California. Her advertisement is answered by Jane, who at first ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Figgis / Jane's Band
Indigo Girl
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Jane is a night club singer, out of work. Robin is a quirky real estate agent looking for a ride-share to accompany her to California. Her advertisement is answered by Jane, who at first was uncertain about her. A stop in Pittsburgh picks up a third, Holly, escaping a violent and drug-dealing partner. Girls on the road, reaching understanding, respect, and care for each other. But this trio is different - Jane a lesbian, Robin suffering with AIDS, Holly running from her past, seeking one-night stands and a good man. Written by Bruce Cameron <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A motion picture that celebrates the art of survival, the gift of laughter and the miracle of friendship.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A proposito di donne  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)


$23,450,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


| (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »


Just before the diner scene with Holly and Robin, there is an outside shot of the van driving and Holly is clearly seen in the back seat. In the very next shot, from inside the van, Holly is driving. See more »


Massarelli, Prosecuting Attorney: One last time: are - you - gay?
Jane: Yes - I - am.
[Massarelli turns away, satisfied]
Jane: I bet a lot of women tell you that. But in my case, it happens to be true.
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References Star Search (1983) See more »


The Way We Were
Written by Alan Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch, Marilyn Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch
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Great movie for the girls
29 April 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I LOVE this movie. It's touching, funny, sad, heartbreaking and inspiring all in one. I found Mary-Louise Parker's character so like myself that it was hilarious! Drew Barrymore, lovely as ever in her role, provided the much-needed sparkle to the movie. Some parts were a lot sadder and more sinister than others, but Drew was always there to bring the sunshine!

It's so touching, it makes me cry every time. But I love it. It's not perfect by any means, but it's definitely one to watch with the girls. Boys are on the side.

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