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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself - Playwright, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Joe Allen ... Himself - Investor, The Boys in the Band
Matt Baney ... Himself - Dir. of HIV Services, St. Vincent's Hospital
David Carter ... Himself - Historian
... Herself - Actor, Dirty, Sexy, Money
... Himself - Bravo
Mart Crowley ... Himself - Playwright, The Boys in the Band
... Himself - Author, The Hours
... Himself
David Ehrenstein ... Himself - Author, Open Secret: Gay Hollywood 1928-2000
... Himself - Academy Award Winning Director
Peter Harvey ... Himself - Set Designer, The Boys in the Band
Aaron Hicklin ... Himself - Editor-in-Chief, Out Magazine
Jerry Hoose ... Himself - Founder, Gay Liberation Front
... Himself - Actor
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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 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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11 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Garotos da Banda  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,513, 11 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,443, 31 July 2011
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Producer Douglas Tirola likened Tribeca All Access's process of matching filmmakers with prospective producers and funding sources for film projects as "speed dating." See more »

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Leonard Frey died of AIDS in 1988 See more »

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References In Like Flint (1967) See more »

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Wanting Something New
Performed by Monte Carlo & His Orchestra
Composed by Peitor Angell
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Very good but uneven
31 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Documentary on the making of the landmark gay play "The Boys in the Band". There's extensive interview footage of Matt Crowley talking about what got him to write it and how he got it into production. They also interview William Friedken about the making of the movie. There's also interviews with other playwrights or gay personalities about the play and movie.

Interesting but uneven. It's supposedly about the play and movie but there's way too much footage about Crowley talking about his private life. Also they never mention the failed sequel from Crowley called "The Men From the Boys". Also at times it turns into a time capsule of what gay life was like in the 1960s. It's not uninteresting but very confusing at times. So it's worthwhile but uneven.


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