Making the Boys (2011) - Plot Summary Poster


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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.

  • Admired by some as groundbreaking, hated by others as furthering stereotypes, The Boys in the Band was the first widely released gay film. This is the story of it's history and impact. Interviews with heavyweights from Edward Albee to Tony Kushner, plus rich archival footage from the 50s to today, illustrates the continuing legacy of The Boys.


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