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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.

Director:

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 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

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

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Trivia

In the poster art and DVD cover, the image of the guys walking on the beach has been altered - some might say censored. In the scene where the poster/cover image is taken from in the movie, the character "Fuzzy" is wearing an ACT-UP t-shirt that depicts two sailors kissing with the tag line that read "Read My Lips", a play on then President Bush's "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" slogan. In the cover art, the t-shirt graphic has been removed so that he only has a blank white t-shirt now. In the film scene, in contrast to the poster scene, "Fuzzy" also has shaved off his beard. 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

Fuzzy: What do you think happens when we die?
Willy: We get to have sex again.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Do You Wanna Funk
Written by Patrick Cowley and Sylvester
Performed by Sylvester
Published by Masculine Music & Sequins at Noon Music
Courtesy of Megatone Records
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...touchingly real...
2 November 1998 | by ToooNmanSee all my reviews

As far as I know, Longtime Companion, released in 1990, is the first American motion picture to deal head on with AIDS (whereas Philadelphia (1993), staring Tom Hanks, receives the honor of the first STUDIO film about AIDS). Made on an obviously minuscule budget, this film nevertheless captures an honesty about AIDS and its effects through touchingly real vignettes of a the lives of a group of friends. Some of these mini-stories fall a bit flat, and the film's politics at times seems overly optimistic -- we're supposed to believe that on a TV soap opera a full and deep man-on-man kiss would have happened in 1984.

The unfettered filmmaking and straightforward acting (especially by the subsequently Oscar nominated Bruce Davison), however, keep both the story and the audience grounded -- there are several scenes that seemed so very real that my heart truly ached for these characters. In today's age of expanded understanding of the homosexual heart (that it is, in fact, in no way different from any other heart), the Longtime of Longtime Companion may not seem too terribly extraordinary; within the context of American cinema, however, I have a feeling that history will see this film for the landmark it truly is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1990 (Portugal) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,525, 13 May 1990

Gross USA:

$4,609,953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,609,953
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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