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 ...
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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
It's for you, Hank!
References Sunset Blvd.
(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 See more