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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The reason Friedkin was picked to direct is The Smothers Brothers.Exec producer Dominick Dunne had been told by the studio that the director of the play, who the cast was comfortable with, was not acceptable because he had never directed a film.Dunne had seen the competent way that the young up and coming Friedkin had handled episodes of the Smothers TV comedy show he was also involved with, so thought of him. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Michael: Believe it or not, there was a time in my life when I didn't go around announcing I was a faggot.
Donald: Well, that must have been before speech replaced sign language!
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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 »

Connections

References Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Anything Goes
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter (uncredited)
Performed by Cole Porter (uncredited)
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First Major Film To Portray Homosexuality in a Mature Way.
27 November 2002 | by james362001See all my reviews

The Boys In The Band is my favorite all-time movie. It still sends a message and holds up well even in this decade. Every actor in this cast is perfect for the character they play. This film may have been the first major film to portray homosexuality in a mature way and still is the best film above all. This is not a disgusting film. It is honest and dramatic. I have seen this film several times through different ages and chapters of my life. I get more out of it each time. Sadly, most of the cast, Robert La Tourneaux, Leonard Frey, Frederick Combs, Keith Prentice, Kenneth Nelson and Cliff Gorman are no longer with us. All men should see this film. The best instrumental version of "The Look Of Love" by Burt Bacharach can be heard here. I wish "The Boys In The Band" could be restored and re-issued on VHS video and for DVD.


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