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The Boys in the Band (1970)

R | | Drama | 17 March 1970 (USA)
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Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Mart Crowley (play), Mart Crowley (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Nelson ... Michael
Frederick Combs Frederick Combs ... Donald
Cliff Gorman ... Emory
Laurence Luckinbill ... Hank
Keith Prentice Keith Prentice ... Larry
Peter White ... Alan McCarthy
Reuben Greene Reuben Greene ... Bernard
Robert La Tourneaux ... Cowboy Tex
Leonard Frey ... Harold
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Storyline

It's Harold's birthday, and his closest friends throw him a party at Michael's apartment. Among Harold's presents is "Cowboy", since Harold may have trouble finding a cute young man on his own now that he's getting older. As the party progresses the self-deprecating humor of the group takes a nasty turn as the men become drunker. Climaxed by a cruel telephone "game" where each man must call someone and tell him (or her?) of his love for them. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys in the Band See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,695
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The production company for "The Boys in the Band," Cinema Center Films (CCF), was founded, wholly owned, and operated, as a theatrical film production subsidiary of the CBS Television network. CCF only operated from 1967 to 1972, producing about thirty films. See more »

Goofs

While Emery starts serving his "depressed pasta" at the party, the rose in his teeth changes direction. See more »

Quotes

Michael: [adopting a southern slave's accent] I hear dat if ya puts a knife unda ya pillow, it cuts da pain.
Harold: I hear that if you put a knife under your chin, it cuts your throat.
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Alternate Versions

TV prints are 11 minutes shorter than the theatrical release and are redubbed and re-edited to remove all objectionable dialogue. See more »

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Anything Goes
Written by Cole Porter (uncredited)
Performed by Harpers Bizarre
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Had me scared for decades
30 July 2003 | by MikeJackKearneySee all my reviews

Not only was this one of the first "gay" movies I ever saw, but it was, in fact, one of the first movies I ever saw - period. It had a profound influence on me, as I grew up thinking the adult life of a homosexual was going to be a dialogue-driven, melancholy soap opera set to instrumental Burt Bacharach. "The Boys in the Band" is one of my favorite films, and certainly better than most contemporary gay cinema. They don't make 'em like this anymore. This film has real visceral power and impact. I'd take this over "All Over the Boy" any day.


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