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Longtime Companion (1989)

The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s.

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Norman René

Writer:

Craig Lucas
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Campbell Scott ... Willy
Patrick Cassidy ... Howard
John Dossett ... Paul
Mary-Louise Parker ... Lisa
Stephen Caffrey ... Fuzzy
Tanya Berezin Tanya Berezin ... Office Manager
Welker White ... Rochelle
Michael Piontek Michael Piontek ... Office Worker
Joyce Reehling Joyce Reehling ... Office Worker
Bruce Davison ... David
Mark Lamos Mark Lamos ... Sean
Dermot Mulroney ... John
Michael Schoeffling ... Michael
Brian Cousins ... Bob
Marceline Hugot ... Soap Opera Reader
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Storyline

Perhaps the first film to put a human face on the AIDS epidemic, Longtime Companion follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as "Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder," we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates the lives of our protagonists. Jumping between Manhattan and Fire Island, vignettes carry us from the it-couldn't-happen-to-me mentality of the early days of the disease to the invasive effect it has had on all of our lives, today. The title of the film comes from the New York Times' refusal to acknowledge homosexual relationships in their obituary section during this period. Instead, survivors were referred to as "Longtime Companions" of the deceased. Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1990 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Dugogodišnji prijatelj See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,609,953
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title refers to the only way that newspapers at the time would allow a gay man's lover to be listed in an obituary. See more »

Goofs

Willy comes out with a bottle of wine and holds it at the neck, pouring. When the camera changes for a closeup of the pouring he then holds it by the base of the bottle. See more »

Quotes

Fuzzy: What do you think happens when we die?
Willy: We get to have sex again.
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Post-Mortem Bar
Written and Performed by Zane Campbell
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still packs a punch
13 January 2005 | by benson865See all my reviews

i bought the DVD and watched it the other night. cried like a baby. i remember the fairly gay crowd i saw it with originally in the movie theater. two scenes are especially going to stay in my mind forever. the ICU scene and the bedroom scene with Bruce Davison telling someone that its okay and let go. i can believe why he was nominated for an Oscar, i am amazed that he didn't win. does anyone remember who did??

The film faithfully depicts an era of gay life that shocked some people and was applauded by others. its frankness was one of its best features. it was not a soap opera but a slice of real life, both joyous and tragic. as thousands still die every year, apparently a lot of people missed the point. it had no apologies and its many relationships: brother and sister, partner and partner, friend and friend are as vital today as then. gay in those days was based on sexual experimentation, it is unfortunate that the results were/are so deadly. i really suggest young people today find this film and pay attention. and if you haven't seen this, rent it/buy it/watch it. you won't soon forget it.


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