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Making the Boys (2011)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary, Biography, History  |  11 March 2011 (USA)
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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

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:

Os Garotos da Banda  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Other than the original New York production of the original play, there was also a West End, London, England engagement, with most of the original New York cast, at Wyndham's Theatre, and two separate US national touring companies, one for the eastern United States, and one for the western United States. See more »

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Frederick Combs died of AIDS in 1992 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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