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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 »

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Randal Kleiser

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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.

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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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Gross USA:

$616,663
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Production Co:

Opala Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on real characters; and a real party that occurred December 1992. Many of the actors appearing in the film knew the person on whom the main character is based. 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

Monty: [Regarding a painting] Look, it's Macauley Culkin throwing up a soft-shell crab!
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References The Best Man (1964) See more »

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Jerk and Shake
Written by Peitor Angell
Performed by The Peitor Angell Six featuring Janeen Otis
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It still reduces me to tears. . .
15 June 2003 | by bekayessSee all my reviews

. . .and even heaving sobs.

When I saw this in 1996 at the theater, I started crying about 15 minutes in and never stopped. I haven't been able to watch it since then. I decided to buy the DVD and see if I coudl get through it without so much crying. ..well, almost.

For me, the emotions start pouring over me when I empathize with all of Nick's loving friends, including his former lover Brandon, who are somewhat supportive of his decision, yet really not ready to let him go quite yet.

As someone else mentioned, the wink that Nick gives Brandon, signalling his forgiveness of Brandon for his selfishness and lack of understanding, just does me in. From that moment on, and up until the end, the tears keep running down my face.

By the way, what a great cast for such a moving film! Eric Roberts and Gregory Harrison are exceptional, and they get great support from Lee Grant, Bronson Pinchot, Margaret Cho, Erich Segal, the late Roddy McDowell, and the rest.

I think I'll watch this DVD whenever I'm feelig cynical and weary of the events taking place in this world of bigotry, hatred and war. At least then I can have a good cry about something that really matters: love and affection from one's nearest and dearest.


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