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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Features Bruce Davison's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

In the segment marked "July 3, 1981" people dance to the song "Do You Wanna Funk?" by Sylvester, but this song was not released until 1982. See more »

Quotes

Bartender: What do you want?
John: I'll have the sweat of that hairy man's brow, thank you.
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Connections

References Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking on Sunshine
Written by Kimberley Rew
Performed by Katrina & The Waves (as Katrina and the Waves)
Published by EMI Music
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The Human Face of AIDS
24 September 2000 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

Longtime Companion chronicles the lives of a group of gay men during the 1980s. The focus of the film is AIDS, unknown to the men when the film opens in 1981, but by the end of the story in 1989, it has become the central defining event in the lives of the survivors. Shot in almost documentary style the story is told almost matter-of-factly. But the reality of the lives of the men in the story is not matter-of-fact; they are dying and dying in the prime of their lives. It's heart-rending. In this, the movie succeeds very well, raising awareness of the effects of AIDS, and putting a human face to its victims.


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