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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Did You Know?


Playwright Mart Crowley appears briefly at the end of the bar in a scene at shot at Julius, a Greenwich Village bar and restaurant that was also shown in the 1970 film. See more »


Michael goes to the Midnight Mass and does not genuflect when he enters the pew. See more »


[while calling Hank on the other line]
Larry: It's for you, Hank!
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References Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »


'Round Midnight
Written by Cootie Williams, Bernard Hanighen and Thelonious Monk
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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1 October 2020 | by cockezvilleSee all my reviews

As a young gay man coming out before Stonewall, I saw the original movie and was blown away with the intensity and truth in this film. It was a pivotal movie that showed me the self hate that we all had during that time, and how that hate manifested in our relationships with self and others.

This revision of that film with a 2020 cast was every bit as powerful and poignant, with an excellent direction by Joe Mantelo. Thank God they did not try to modernize the film and kept the original 1968 time. Jim Parsons is just an amazing actor as is Zachary Quinto who captured Michal and Harold with intensity and focus. The whole cast was amazing.

In some ways the play has a certain dated feel but that does not distract it enhances. The Gay men's community has been a work in progress and Mark Crowley wrote this decades before liberation, AIDS, gay marriage, wrote this when being gay was a crime. Thank God we don't have to embrace the self loathing we did back then. This still is a difficult film for me to watch, very confronting, but definitely a gem of a production.Awards are waiting I am certain!

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30 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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