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Making the Boys (2011)

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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:
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

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,513, 11 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,443, 31 July 2011
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The archive footage interview with Robert La Tourneaux (who portrayed Cowboy Tex) was recorded in 1978. See more »

Crazy Credits

Keith Prentice died of AIDS in 1992 See more »


References Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997) See more »


For You and I
Lyrics by Lucian Piane
Performed by Kamilah Marshall
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Very good but uneven
31 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Documentary on the making of the landmark gay play "The Boys in the Band". There's extensive interview footage of Matt Crowley talking about what got him to write it and how he got it into production. They also interview William Friedken about the making of the movie. There's also interviews with other playwrights or gay personalities about the play and movie.

Interesting but uneven. It's supposedly about the play and movie but there's way too much footage about Crowley talking about his private life. Also they never mention the failed sequel from Crowley called "The Men From the Boys". Also at times it turns into a time capsule of what gay life was like in the 1960s. It's not uninteresting but very confusing at times. So it's worthwhile but uneven.

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