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Making the Boys (2011)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Herself - Actor, Dirty, Sexy, Money
Himself - Bravo
Mart Crowley ...
Himself - Playwright, The Boys in the Band
Himself - Author, The Hours
David Ehrenstein ...
Himself - Author, Open Secret: Gay Hollywood 1928-2000
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
Himself - Actor


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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Release Date:

11 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Garotos da Banda  »

Box Office

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


$33,443 (USA) (29 July 2011)

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Final film appearance of Dominick Dunne, a noted writer, and the Executive Producer of the original The Boys in the Band (1970). See more »

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Kenneth Nelson died of AIDS in 1993 See more »


References Midnight Cowboy (1969) 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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