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Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)

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Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Buzz Hauser
... Perry Sellars
... Gregory Mitchell
Randy Becker ... Ramon Fornos
... Arthur Pape
... Bobby Brahms
... John Jeckyll, James Jeckyll
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Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who loves to explore the home's garden using his sense of touch; Art and Perry, two "yuppies" who drive a Volvo and who celebrate their 14th anniversary together that summer; John, a dour expatriate Briton who loathes his twin brother James; Ramon, John's "companion," who is physically attracted to Bobby and immediately tries to seduce the blind man; James, a cheerful soul who is in the advanced stages of AIDS; and Buzz, a fan of traditional Broadway musicals who is dealing with his own HIV-positive status. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Eight men. One summer. Figure it out.

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

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16 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ahava Ometz V'Hemla  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$167,345, 18 May 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,874,242, 10 August 1997
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Feature film debut for Justin Kirk, who portrays Bobby Brahms. See more »

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The play's theater company is mistyped in the credits as "Manattan Theatre Club" See more »

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Arthur: What room are you in?
Buzz: The little horror under the eaves. I call it "The Patty Hearst Memorial Closet"
[shrinking into chair in fear and dread]
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Dance of the Four Little Swans
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from "Swan Lake, Op.20"
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed on piano by John Glover
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Wonderful
8 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Often it is very tricky to adapt a play, especially one of a rather long length, to the screen and keep the story and characters intact. Though I have not had the pleasure of seeing a theatrical production of this film, I do own the play and have read it numerous times. Although the film did suffer a tiny bit from some things being edited out, characters speaking directly to the audience, further character insight etc., it is still a wonderful film, full of superb acting and characters that you fall in love with.

The characters are brought to life with superb accuracy, due to the fact that all the actors, except Nathan Lane, reprise their roles that they held on the stage for about all of two years. And it shows that they have bonded as artists with both each other and their characters.

As with almost all films there were performances that personally stood out to me. John Glover shows the audience why he won the Tony Award for his performance. Playing twin brothers, 'John the Foul and James the Fair' showing the defination of range. The other actor that really stood out was the always brilliant Justin Kirk, playing the young, blind Bobby Brahms, showing why he won the OBIE Award for his spectacular performance. The cast also includes Stephen Spinella, two time Tony award winner for Tony Kushner's masterpiece "Angels in America", Jason Alexander, and many other actors that deserve much more recognition and fame than they currently have.

This is a beautiful film with precious characters that you will love.


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