At a birthday party in 1968 New York, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths.


Joe Mantello


Mart Crowley (screenplay by), Ned Martel (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Parsons ... Michael
Zachary Quinto ... Harold
Matt Bomer ... Donald
Andrew Rannells ... Larry
Charlie Carver ... Cowboy
Robin de Jesus ... Emory (as Robin de Jesús)
Brian Hutchison ... Alan
Michael Benjamin Washington ... Bernard
Tuc Watkins ... Hank
Brian Dole ... Young Bohemian
Mark Thomas Young Mark Thomas Young ... Young Peter Dahlbeck
Alpha Miknas ... Young Bernard
Paul Douglas Anderson ... Mover #1
Marc Basil Marc Basil ... Mover #2
Jack O'Connell Jack O'Connell ... Doorman


In 1968 New York City - when being gay was still considered to be best kept behind closed doors - a group of friends gather for a raucous birthday party hosted by Michael (Jim Parsons), a screenwriter who spends and drinks too much, in honor of the sharp-dressed and sharp-tongued Harold (Zachary Quinto). Other partygoers include Donald (Matt Bomer), Michael's former flame, now mired in self-analysis; Larry (Andrew Rannells), a randy commercial artist living with Hank (Tuc Watkins), a school teacher who has just left his wife; Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington), a librarian tiptoeing around fraught codes of friendship alongside Emory (Robin de Jesús), a decorator who never holds back; and a guileless hustler (Charlie Carver) hired to be Harold's gift for the night. What begins as an evening of drinks and laughs gets upended when Alan (Brian Hutchison), Michael's straight-laced college roommate, shows up unexpectedly and each man is challenged to confront long-buried truths that ... Written by Netflix

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Rated R for sexual content, language, some graphic nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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During the party, Michael says, "The Christ-Was-I-Drunk-Last-Night Syndrome knows no religion. It has to do with immaturity. Although I will admit there is a high percentage of it among Mormons." The movie then cuts to a reaction shot from Larry (Andrew Rannells), even though the next line actually belongs to Emory (Robin de Jesus). Rannells was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which contains a subplot about a deeply closeted gay Mormon man. This movie's director, Joe Mantello, was nominated for a 1993 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Louis Ironson in Angels in America, in which his character falls in love with a deeply closeted gay Mormon man. See more »


The telephone in the bedroom has a modular connection on the handset and a flat cord which weren't introduced until the mid 1970s. It should have a thicker hard wired cord like the kitchen and living room phones. See more »


[while calling Hank on the other line]
Larry: It's for you, Hank!
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


(Love is Like A) Heat Wave
Written by Brian Holland, Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.) and Lamont Dozier
Performed by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I don't think I got the point
26 October 2020 | by michaelr-07217See all my reviews

While the actors were all very convincing in their roles, and the art direction was satisfying, I still don't think I got the point of this film. So, regrets and arguments abound amongst a group of gay friends, how is this the fodder of film? Maybe I just don't get "slice of life" scripts. It kind of left me feeling empty.

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Release Date:

30 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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The Boys in the Band See more »

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