As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert's true motives for leaving while dealing ... See full summary »
It's Harold's birthday, and his closest friends throw him a party at Michael's apartment. Among Harold's presents is "Cowboy", since Harold may have trouble finding a cute young man on his own now that he's getting older. As the party progresses the self-deprecating humor of the group takes a nasty turn as the men become drunker. Climaxed by a cruel telephone "game" where each man must call someone and tell him (or her?) of his love for them.Written by
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Robert La Tourneaux, who plays the Cowboy, was first spotted by Mart Crowley at a party on Fire Island. La Tourneaux actually worked as a hustler at the time. As the role only features a handful of lines, Crowley and stage director Robert Moore cast La Tourneaux in the part despite not having prior acting experience. After re-creating his performance in the film version, La Tourneaux developed a heavy drug habit, and returned to hustling before his death due to AIDS, in 1986. See more »
When Michael is putting the ribbon on the birthday gift, the bow appears on the package between shots. See more »
And they're minding their own business.
And you mind yours Harold! I'm warning you!
Are you now? You warning me? Me? I'm Harold. I'm the one person you don't warn, Michael, because you and I are a match. And we tread very softly with each other, because we both play each other's game too well. I know this game, you're playing. I know it very well, and I play it very well. You play it very well too, but you know what? I'm the only one who's better at it than you are. I can beat you at it, so ...
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TV prints are 11 minutes shorter than the theatrical release and are redubbed and re-edited to remove all objectionable dialogue. See more »
Yes, I know, it perpetuates loathsome stereotypes. But it's also a period piece, and the final legacy of a number of talented actors lost to the AIDS epidemic -- yes, I know they made other movies, but the gay community isn't going to remember Leonard Frey primarily as Motel Kamzoil. They're going to remember him as the "pockmarked Jew fairy" with the pot garnished salads served to dear Ma-Ma. LOL
I was only three years old in 1968 when the original play came out, and I didn't see this movie for myself until the late 1980s. But it still records for me an era and a mood that should not be forgotten, if only because it reminds us of how very far we've come. People should not be shielded from the realities of the past in order to sugarcoat history.
RIP Robert LaTourneaux; Leonard Frey; Kenneth Nelson; Keith Prentice; and Frederick Combs.
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