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It's My Party (1996)

R | | Drama | 22 March 1996 (USA)
"You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. "I don't want to die alone." In spite of Brandon's protestations... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amalia Stark
Andrew Bingham
Brandon Theis
Daphne Stark
Damian Knowles
Lina Bingham
Monty Tipton
Paul Regina ...
Tony Zamara
Nick Stark
Zack Phillips
Dimitra Arliss ...
Fanny Kondos
Jack Allen


"You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. "I don't want to die alone." In spite of Brandon's protestations, the two soon find the love they had shared for many years in ruins. One year after their breakup, Nick is confronted with a ravaged immune system and a CT Scan and lab values which, along with his worsening forgetfulness, clenches the diagnosis of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) -- a condition he has seen claim his friends and one which he vows will not take him. Due to the aggressive nature of the disease, he has only a few days of conscious life remaining. His plan, he announces to family and "extended family," is to voluntarily end his life himself before the disease renders him unrecognizable to those he loves and he, in turn, is unable to recognize them. Uninvited to the farewell party, Brandon's presence is greeted with jeers from those who see him as having abandoned Nick ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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A gathering of friends. A gift of love. A celebration of life.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Festa  »

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$616,663 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


As there was only a small budget for this movie, cast and crew members made use of their own things to meet the story's needs. 'Randall Kleiser' used his house and pool for the scenes set in Brandon's home. Eric Roberts provided his own white horse to ride in flashback scenes. Lee Grant used a favorite coin ring for Amalia's gift from Nick. Sally Kellerman brought her own dog, and so on. See more »


When we hear Brandon say "He's so close to your mom", it's clear that his lips say "He's so close to your dad." See more »


Nick: Lina and I almost made it once.
Lina Bingham: What?!
Nick: Yeah. We had this electric moment when you said to me, "Why do you have to be gay?" and I said to you, "Me? Why do you have to be a woman?"
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References Moonstruck (1987) See more »


Chains of Love
Written by Vince Clarke (as Vince Clark) and Andy Bell
Performed by Erasure
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I just saw this for the first time!
29 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't believe this movie was made 10 years ago and I never even heard of it before the other day. I was out of town on business, and the hotel I stayed in had Showtime. I fell asleep with the TV on one night, and woke up around 1:30 a.m. This movie was just coming on and it grabbed me immediately. I stayed up and watched the whole thing! I thought it was very well acted and was surprised at the cast of characters. It certainly was a tearjerker, but there were lots of laughs thrown in. I've not seen a lot of movies featuring homosexual relationships, much less ones that were more than a source of a lot of jokes. This one was very touching and I found myself rooting for the characters to work things out.

I would totally recommend this movie for anyone looking to see something a little out of the ordinary.

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