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Buddies (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama | 31 October 1985 (West Germany)
The film follows a New York City gay man, in a monogamous relationship, becoming a "buddy" or a volunteer friend to another gay man dying of AIDS and the friendship that develops.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Geoff Edholm Geoff Edholm ... Robert Willow
David Schachter David Schachter ... David Bennett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damon Hairston Damon Hairston ... Gym instructor
Joyce Korn Joyce Korn ... Lynn
Billy Lux Billy Lux ... Edward
David Rose David Rose ... Steve
Libby Saines Libby Saines ... Mrs. Bennett
Susan Schneider Susan Schneider ... Sylvia Douglas
Tracy Vivat Tracy Vivat ... Nurse
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The film follows a New York City gay man, in a monogamous relationship, becoming a "buddy" or a volunteer friend to another gay man dying of AIDS and the friendship that develops.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1985 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Venner See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$27,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lead actor Geoff Edholm died of AIDS in 1989. See more »

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Devastatingly beautiful
10 January 2016 | by brett-lyonSee all my reviews

As a child of that generation, a peer who survived, I couldn't help but getting very wet cheeks about 10 minutes into the reel. This isn't just a downer/dying film though, it's actually quite uplifting, even erotic and funny for a few seconds. They don't hire actors like these and they don't produce movies like these today. There aren't stories like these today, and that's a very good thing. Still, like other remembrances of the things that brought humanity so far down in the last century, look at this and learn, and remember. Never forget this, the deeply human experience. This isn't a story about a cause or an idea, it's a high-res (before that term existed) depiction of an intimate, loving relationship between two people. This movie is way ahead of it's time,and the current time, early 2016.

The faults to be found with this film are probably all in the technical production value, it was shot in the early 80's and the sound is a little hard to grasp at times. But the cinematography, acting, story and soundtrack are monumental.


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