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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

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

The original stage play was written and first produced before the world shaking Stonewall Riots, which began on the morning of June 28, 1969. The play reflected the pre-Stonewall attitudes among the gay community in New York City. But the film, which was based on the original play and featured the original play's full cast, was produced with essentially no changes to reflect the circumstances which changed due to the Stonewall Riots. However, there was one major exception reflecting change, that being the film was made at all, which would not have been possible if the events at the Stonewall Inn had not taken place the previous year. See more »

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Robert La Tourneaux died of AIDS in 1986 See more »

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Features Angels in America (2003) See more »

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Written and Performed by Lucian Piane
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How Times Change !!!!!!!!! Plus , Bette's Pilot ?
22 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is interesting to not that The Boys In The Band , essentially the first play 100% about " out " gay male men in the New York theater written from an " inside " perspective , rather got split on the barre of history .

When it opened , as said above , it was considered radical - Then , by the time the movie came out , Stonewall had happened , and some gays considered it to " self-loathing " , refelecting as it did the pre-Stonewall world .

What was this " Bette Davis Show " , a TV pilot ( I assume ) that we see clips of , that Mart did a - credied - rewrite on ? It is not listed , either her nor under Bette .

Presumably it was never shown publicaly/officially ?

The veracity of " Judy's funeral inspired the Stonewall fightback " has been argued back & forth...


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