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The Boys in the Band (2020)

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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 (based on the play and the motion picture "The Boys in the Band" by), Mart Crowley (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 Alpha Miknas ... Young Bernard
Paul Douglas Anderson ... Mover #1
Marc Basil Marc Basil ... Mover #2
Jack O'Connell Jack O'Connell ... Doorman

How the Cast Connected With 'The Boys in the Band'

Stars Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchinson, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins discuss what first inspired them to participate in the 2018 Broadway revival and to return for the new Netflix film adaptation.

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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 »


When Michael takes the Valium he lifts his bottle to his mouth with his left hand but lowers it with his right. 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 »


96 Tears
Written by Rudy Martinez
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Thoroughly immersed in this
1 October 2020 | by rkelliott-653-550617See all my reviews

Love how this was shot and it was extremely emotional. Beautifully acted and I loved some of the directing choices and music choices. Respect to all the 'boys' they were all fantastic.

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Release Date:

30 September 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys in the Band See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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2.39 : 1
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