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Boys in the Band (The)

USA, English, 118 mins

  • Director: William Friedkin
  • Writer: Mart Crowley
  • Producer: Mart Crowley; Dominick Dunne

CGiii Comment

Definitely dated ($45 per week and cravats)...

A significant glimpse of pre-AIDS issues...it is a difficult piece to watch - typical bitchy queens taking it all too far.

It is witty, catty and memorable - and, for its time, quite remarkable.

Friedkin is a director of note - The Exorcist, Cruising and an Oscar for The French Connection.

Sadly, most of the actors have died, many succumbed to AIDS.

In truth, it is a timeless piece, it far outshines its progenies, The Broken Hearts Club et al.

May those that took part be remembered...


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The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Kenneth Nelson as Michael;
Frederick Combs as Donald;
Cliff Gorman as Emory;
Laurence Luckinbill as Hank;
Keith Prentice as Larry;
Peter White as Alan McCarthy;
Reuben Greene as Bernard;
Robert La Tourneaux as Cowboy Tex;
Leonard Frey as Harold;
Maud Adams as Photo Model;
Elaine Kaufman as Extra / pedestrian

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