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The Boys in the Band (1970)

R | | Drama | 17 March 1970 (USA)
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Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Mart Crowley (play), Mart Crowley (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Nelson ... Michael
Frederick Combs Frederick Combs ... Donald
Cliff Gorman ... Emory
Laurence Luckinbill ... Hank
Keith Prentice Keith Prentice ... Larry
Peter White ... Alan McCarthy
Reuben Greene Reuben Greene ... Bernard
Robert La Tourneaux ... Cowboy Tex
Leonard Frey ... Harold
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Storyline

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 Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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He's unnaturally, naturally beautiful and he's just one of Harold's birthday presents! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Harten und die Zarten See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,695, 6 June 2000
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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When Michael is putting the ribbon on the birthday gift, the bow appears on the package between shots. See more »

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Harold: And they're minding their own business.
Michael: And you mind yours Harold! I'm warning you!
Harold: 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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The Look of Love
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I've always loved this movie
4 October 2002 | by VibianaSee all my reviews

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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