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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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"The Boys in the Band" ...is not a musical. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First credited feature film role for Frederick Combs, who portrayed Donald. See more »

Goofs

When he arrives at the party, Cowboy's hairstyle is completely different than it was when he appeared in opening montage as street hustler just several hours earlier. See more »

Quotes

Michael: [crying] I'm feeling like Ol' Man River: I'm tired of living but I'm scared of dying.
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Alternate Versions

TV prints are 11 minutes shorter than the theatrical release and are redubbed and re-edited to remove all objectionable dialogue. See more »

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Soundtracks

Love Is Like a Heat Wave
Written by Eddie Holland (uncredited), Lamont Dozier (uncredited) and Brian Holland (uncredited)
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas (as Martha and the Vandellas)
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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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