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It's My Party (1996)

R | | Drama | 22 March 1996 (USA)
"You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. "I don't want to die alone." In spite of Brandon's protestations... See full summary »

Director:

Randal Kleiser

Writer:

Randal Kleiser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Cho ... Charlene Lee
Bruce Davison ... Rodney Bingham
Lee Grant ... Amalia Stark
Devon Gummersall ... Andrew Bingham
Gregory Harrison ... Brandon Theis
Marlee Matlin ... Daphne Stark
Roddy McDowall ... Damian Knowles
Olivia Newton-John ... Lina Bingham
Bronson Pinchot ... Monty Tipton
Paul Regina Paul Regina ... Tony Zamara
George Segal ... Paul Stark
Eric Roberts ... Nick Stark
Steve Antin ... Zack Phillips
Dimitra Arliss ... Fanny Kondos
Christopher Atkins ... Jack Allen
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Storyline

"You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. "I don't want to die alone." In spite of Brandon's protestations, the two soon find the love they had shared for many years in ruins. One year after their breakup, Nick is confronted with a ravaged immune system and a CT Scan and lab values which, along with his worsening forgetfulness, clenches the diagnosis of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) -- a condition he has seen claim his friends and one which he vows will not take him. Due to the aggressive nature of the disease, he has only a few days of conscious life remaining. His plan, he announces to family and "extended family," is to voluntarily end his life himself before the disease renders him unrecognizable to those he loves and he, in turn, is unable to recognize them. Uninvited to the farewell party, Brandon's presence is greeted with jeers from those who see him as having abandoned Nick ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Taglines:

A gathering of friends. A gift of love. A celebration of life.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM/UA Lion's Den

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Festa See more »

Filming Locations:

June Mountain, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$616,663
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Opala Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As there was only a small budget for this movie, cast and crew members made use of their own things to meet the story's needs. 'Randall Kleiser' used his house and pool for the scenes set in Brandon's home. Eric Roberts provided his own white horse to ride in flashback scenes. Lee Grant used a favorite coin ring for Amalia's gift from Nick. Sally Kellerman brought her own dog, and so on. See more »

Goofs

When we hear Brandon say "He's so close to your mom", it's clear that his lips say "He's so close to your dad." See more »

Quotes

Nick: You look like you caught your balls in your zipper, Dr. Dave.
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Soundtracks

Don't Cut Me Down
Written by Olivia Newton-John
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
Erhu: Xue Bing Ellingworth (uncredited)
Keybords, Bass: Murray Burns (uncredited)
Acoustic guitars, Tambourine: Colin Bayley (uncredited)
Ambient Guitar: Dan Harris (uncredited)
Courtesy of ONJ Productions, Ltd.
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Blown away by the sentiment...
8 March 1999 | by rickr-3See all my reviews

I watched this movie alone one morning on video, expecting it to be a cool ensemble cast movie. It ended up pulling me in so completely that I ignored the phone and never once touched the pause button. It is another of those Hollywood films that may be technically or structurally lacking in the minds of critics...but in my heart and mind it was powerful and effective. By casting known names in many of the subliminal roles...we had a built-in sympathy for them in this situation. The comedy, although sometimes very macabre was believable. I also found the situation believable based on the type of character played by Eric Roberts...the farewell party seemed to fit his personality. I recommend this film to people willing to open their hearts and who don't mind a good cry...


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