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On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Playwright, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Joe Allen ...
Himself - Investor, The Boys in the Band
Matt Baney ...
Himself - Dir. of HIV Services, St. Vincent's Hospital
David Carter ...
Himself - Historian
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Herself - Actor, Dirty, Sexy, Money
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Himself - Bravo
Mart Crowley ...
Himself - Playwright, The Boys in the Band
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Himself - Author, The Hours
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Himself
David Ehrenstein ...
Himself - Author, Open Secret: Gay Hollywood 1928-2000
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Himself - Academy Award Winning Director
Peter Harvey ...
Himself - Set Designer, The Boys in the Band
Aaron Hicklin ...
Himself - Editor-in-Chief, Out Magazine
Jerry Hoose ...
Himself - Founder, Gay Liberation Front
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Himself - Actor
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On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. Beloved by some for breaking new ground, and condemned by others for reinforcing gay stereotypes, The Boys in the Band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. Written by Miguel Camnitzer

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11 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$7,513 (USA) (11 March 2011)

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$33,443 (USA) (29 July 2011)
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Since the play had a small budget, and the theater it was staged in did not have high ceilings, blown up photographs were used to approximate the effect of a Manhattan duplex (two story) apartment. The set designer clipped some magazine photographs which he liked, had them enlarged, and collaged together. Unbeknownst to him, one of the photographs was from the Manhattan apartment of Barbara Walters. Someone Walters knew saw the play the opening night, and let her know that pictures of her apartment might have been used. She bought tickets and attended the play early in it's run, and told the production team that the pictures were indeed of her apartment, and she was quite amused. See more »

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Interesting despite its over-emphasis on Crowley
14 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The parts of this movie that tell about the gay world before and after the production of the play and then the movie The Boys in the Band - and the broad range of reactions to them within the gay world - are interesting and meaningful. Unfortunately, those parts make up something less than half of the movie.

Most of the movie is about Mart Crowley, who wrote the play, and he's whiny, self-centered, and not interesting at all. With the luck that guy had - a pampered Southern Belle who somehow became the toast of Hollywood and Natalie Wood's best friend and then wrote a groundbreaking play despite his total lack of interest in anything or anybody but himself - he should be thanking God instead of whining.

I can think of many things I'd rather do with an hour than spend it watching and listening to Mart Crowley. The other parts of this movie really are interesting though, and they make the Crowley parts just bearable. Celebrity queens may love the Crowley parts even though I didn't.


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