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.

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Joe Mantello

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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
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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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Drama

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

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Trivia

In the final sequence the visit of Michael to St. Malachy's - The Actors' Church was actually filmed in that church (239 W 49th St, New York). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Michael: There's a nothing quite like feeling sorry for yourself.
Donald: Nothing in the world.
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Connections

Remake of The Boys in the Band (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Happy
Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Performed by Jim Parsons
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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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English

Release Date:

30 September 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys in the Band See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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