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Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)

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Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Buzz Hauser
Perry Sellars
Gregory Mitchell
Randy Becker ...
Arthur Pape
John Jeckyll, James Jeckyll


Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who loves to explore the home's garden using his sense of touch; Art and Perry, two "yuppies" who drive a Volvo and who celebrate their 14th anniversary together that summer; John, a dour expatriate Briton who loathes his twin brother James; Ramon, John's "companion," who is physically attracted to Bobby and immediately tries to seduce the blind man; James, a cheerful soul who is in the advanced stages of AIDS; and Buzz, a fan of traditional Broadway musicals who is dealing with his own HIV-positive status. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Eight men. One summer. Figure it out.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ahava Ometz V'Hemla  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$167,345 (USA) (16 May 1997)


$2,874,242 (USA) (8 August 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Broadway run of "Love! Valour! Compassion!" by Terrence McNally opened at the Walter Kerr Theater on Feb. 14, 1995, ran for 248 performances and won the 1995 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »


The amount of milk in a bottle does not match the amount of milk on the floor after the bottle is dropped and broken. See more »


Arthur: I see you've had an accident. Back in Catholic Boys' School we used to call them "Nocturnal Emissions." It always made me think of Chopin; Nocturnal Emissions in G Minor.
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Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You
Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
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Don't judge a movie by its source
10 October 2009 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

The writer of the current featured review, jotix100, thinks this movie "doesn't work." I beg to differ. What Love! Valour! Compassion! was onstage doesn't matter to this movie. The movie isn't being judged as a play. Those of us who never saw the play onstage could not care less how good or bad it was there. This movie does work. It's everything good jotix100 mentions and what he finds deficient from the play has no bearing, unless what you like to do is compare two good things just to discover which is the weakest. Enjoy this movie for the witty dialogue, the genuine rapport between all the performers, the beautiful setting and the magnificent John Glover. Whatever isn't there on the screen is irrelevant.

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