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Boys on the Side (1995)

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Jane is a night club singer, out of work. Robin is a quirky real estate agent looking for a ride-share to accompany her to California. Her advertisement is answered by Jane, who at first ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Don Roos
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Jane
Mary-Louise Parker ... Robin
Drew Barrymore ... Holly
Matthew McConaughey ... Abe
James Remar ... Alex
Billy Wirth ... Nick
Anita Gillette ... Elaine
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Massarelli
Estelle Parsons ... Louise
Amy Aquino ... Anna
Stan Egi ... Henry
Stephen Gevedon ... Johnny Figgis / Jane's Band
Amy Ray ... Indigo Girl
Emily Saliers Emily Saliers ... Indigo Girl
Jude Ciccolella ... Jerry
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Storyline

Jane is a night club singer, out of work. Robin is a quirky real estate agent looking for a ride-share to accompany her to California. Her advertisement is answered by Jane, who at first was uncertain about her. A stop in Pittsburgh picks up a third, Holly, escaping a violent and drug-dealing partner. Girls on the road, reaching understanding, respect, and care for each other. But this trio is different - Jane a lesbian, Robin suffering with AIDS, Holly running from her past, seeking one-night stands and a good man. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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A motion picture that celebrates the art of survival, the gift of laughter and the miracle of friendship.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A proposito di donne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,450,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS | Dolby | DTS

Color:

Black and White | Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

When the doctor is talking to Jane after Robin is rushed to the hospital, she says that Robin is "going to the eighth floor". But exterior shots of the same hospital throughout the film show that it is only about four stories high. See more »

Quotes

Holly: Anyway, uhm... Jane called me at work, wanted to know how you are.
Robin: I'm fine.
Elaine: Who's Jane?
Abe: [mouth full of corn from his cob] Jane used to live here up until a few days ago.
Robin: You stay out of this, Holly. It's between me and Jane.
Holly: Well, she asked for my advice, so I told her she's anti-Lesbian.
Robin: I am not.
Elaine: [shocked] Who's a Lesbian?
Robin: Jane is.
Elaine: [shocked] And she was living here?
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Connections

References Star Search (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Crossroads
Written by Robert Johnson
Performed by Jonell Mosser
Courtesy of Karambolage Records/MCA Records
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Great movie
3 January 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Great movie about three women (Whoppi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore) and their various adventures as they travel cross-country. Goldberg plays a lesbian, Parker plays a straight woman with AIDS and Barrymore a pregnant, unwed woman. All three are fantastic and the film manages (more or less) to juggle many plot elements (AIDS, lesbianism, pregnancy, drugs, violence, murder etc etc) and deal with them all effectively.

Parker is probably the first woman ever to play a straight woman with AIDS in a major Hollywood film--quite a feat. Goldberg and Barrymore are just letter perfect in their roles. Also the unknown Matthew McConaughey (absolutely gorgeous with a buff body and blue eyes blazing) and Estelle Parsons (as Parker's mother) give strong supporting performances. The film is long but never dull and it all ends to a very moving final sequence--I cry every time I see it!

Two minor quibbles--it takes Barrymore over a year to have her baby and there are obvious cuts in the second half of the movie (I assume this was to keep the film down to two hours). But these are minor problems. A very funny, very moving film. Don't miss it!


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