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Making the Boys (2011)

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On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to ... See full summary »


Crayton Robey
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Albee ... Self - Playwright, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Joe Allen Joe Allen ... Self - Investor, The Boys in the Band
Matt Baney Matt Baney ... Self - Dir. of HIV Services, St. Vincent's Hospital
David Carter David Carter ... Self - Historian
Candis Cayne ... Self - Actor, Dirty, Sexy, Money
Andy Cohen ... Self - Bravo
Mart Crowley ... Self - Playwright, The Boys in the Band
Michael Cunningham ... Self - Author, The Hours
Dominick Dunne ... Self
David Ehrenstein David Ehrenstein ... Self - Author, Open Secret: Gay Hollywood 1928-2000
William Friedkin ... Self - Academy Award Winning Director
Peter Harvey Peter Harvey ... Self - Set Designer, The Boys in the Band
Aaron Hicklin Aaron Hicklin ... Self - Editor-in-Chief, Out Magazine
Jerry Hoose ... Self - Founder, Gay Liberation Front
Cheyenne Jackson ... Self - Actor


On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. Beloved by some for breaking new ground, and condemned by others for reinforcing gay stereotypes, The Boys in the Band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. Written by Miguel Camnitzer

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The archive footage interview with Robert La Tourneaux (who portrayed Cowboy Tex) was recorded in 1978. See more »

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Cliff Gorman died of Leukemia at age 65 See more »


References Dirty Sexy Money (2007) See more »


Early Morning Call
Performed by Monte Carlo & His Orchestra
Composed by Peitor Angell
[From the Soundtrack "Kiss Yesterday Goodbye"]
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How Times Change !!!!!!!!! Plus , Bette's Pilot ?
22 June 2011 | by jgbook2007See all my reviews

It is interesting to not that The Boys In The Band , essentially the first play 100% about " out " gay male men in the New York theater written from an " inside " perspective , rather got split on the barre of history .

When it opened , as said above , it was considered radical - Then , by the time the movie came out , Stonewall had happened , and some gays considered it to " self-loathing " , refelecting as it did the pre-Stonewall world .

What was this " Bette Davis Show " , a TV pilot ( I assume ) that we see clips of , that Mart did a - credied - rewrite on ? It is not listed , either her nor under Bette .

Presumably it was never shown publicaly/officially ?

The veracity of " Judy's funeral inspired the Stonewall fightback " has been argued back & forth...

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Release Date:

11 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Garotos da Banda See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,513, 13 March 2011

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Color | Black and White (archive footage: The Boys in the Band)

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1.85 : 1
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