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The Boys in the Band (1970)

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

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Kenneth Nelson ...
Michael
Frederick Combs ...
Donald
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Emory
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Hank
Keith Prentice ...
Larry
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Alan McCarthy
Reuben Greene ...
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Harold
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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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Michael's character last name is Connelly, and he lived at 136 E. 65th Street, New York City, NY. This was what he wrote on a charge slip at Bergdorf Goodman, as seen in the opening montage when the various players were getting dressed or shopping for birthday presents, etc. See more »

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When he arrives at the party, Cowboy's hairstyle is completely different than it was when he appeared in opening montage as street hustler just several hours earlier. See more »

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Harold: Not for all the tea in Mexico.
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Take the Fifth Amendment
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Great 70s Stage Play Stands The Test of Time
3 January 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

THE BOYS IN THE BAND (4 outta 5 stars) Great movie adaptation of the acclaimed stage play. A bunch of guys get together to throw a birthday party for a friend. A few underlying tensions come to the forefront and complications ensue... alcohol is consumed and tempers flare and things get said which shouldn't be said and may be unforgivable. I love these kids of movies! Even though the movie is very "stagy" (it mainly takes place on one set), the acting is so natural that you'll begin to believe you are actually eavesdropping on a rowdy party next door. Oh, did I mention that the characters are all gay? As the ads for this movie proclaim: "This is NOT a musical!" I first saw this on the late show when I was in my early teens and now, some thirty years later, I still find the movie extremely powerful and compelling. Cliff Gorman is especially good as the effeminate Emory. I think this is the only time he ever played "camp" and can't believe that he wasn't totally typecast after his performance here. Leonard Frey is also great as the enigmatic and intense Harold (the birthday boy). But Kenneth Nelson in the lead role of Michael really holds this movie together. He starts out as such a nice guy, the person the audience is supposed to identify with... but as the evening commences his personality becomes uglier and uglier, until he is no longer playing the movie's "hero".


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