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It's My Party (1996)

R  |   |  Drama  |  22 March 1996 (USA)
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"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 <>

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



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


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A Última Festa  »

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$616,663 (USA)

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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: I might as well have a cigarette. It's not like it's going to kill me, right?
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References Never on Sunday (1960) See more »


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Love story with tragic twist
21 April 2005 | by See all my reviews


Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: DTS

In the last few days before an AIDS-related brain tumor renders him insensible, a young LA designer (Eric Roberts) decides to end his own life, and throws a final joyous bash for family and loved ones. However, the occasion is strained by the arrival of Roberts' former lover (Gregory Harrison), seeking reconciliation at the eleventh hour...

Randal Kleiser's powerful film - inspired by actual events - feels more like a reunion of showbiz friends than a structured narrative, though the results are often deeply moving. Kleiser's defiant screenplay gives short shrift to the suicide debate (Roddy McDowall's character acts as the Voice of Conscience), and he employs mordant humor to keep mawkishness at bay (at one point, Roberts and best friend Bronson Pinchot launch into a rousing rendition of "It's my party / And I'll DIE if I want to"!). As you might expect, however, the final twenty minutes are relentlessly, heartbreakingly sad. Amongst the notable supporting players, look fast for Nina Foch, Sally Kellerman, Greg Louganis, Steve Antin and a virtually unrecognizable Dennis Christopher and Christopher Atkins.

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