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Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)

Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who ... See full summary »

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Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who loves to explore the home's garden using his sense of touch; Art and Perry, two "yuppies" who drive a Volvo and who celebrate their 14th anniversary together that summer; John, a dour expatriate Briton who loathes his twin brother James; Ramon, John's "companion," who is physically attracted to Bobby and immediately tries to seduce the blind man; James, a cheerful soul who is in the advanced stages of AIDS; and Buzz, a fan of traditional Broadway musicals who is dealing with his own HIV-positive status. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Eight men. One summer. Figure it out.

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Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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16 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Ahava Ometz V'Hemla  »

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$167,345 (USA) (16 May 1997)

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$2,874,242 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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Feature film debut for Justin Kirk, who portrays Bobby Brahms. See more »

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The play's theater company is mistyped in the credits as "Manattan Theatre Club" See more »

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Buzz: I don't date dancers. It's very simple, I've made it a rule: Dancers don't want to date me, so... fuck 'em!
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Willkommen
Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
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The Gay 'Stand by Me'
6 March 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I have to wholehearted disagree that this film is disappointing. I found the characters interesting and deep. Yes - the gay men approach stereotypical roles in some instances, but they are developed over the course of the summer in a manner that mimics the boys in "Stand by Me". We see the changes in the relationships between nearly every pairing of the eight men. Some are in relationships; some were. Some hate each other; but they nearly all care about one another. This is the kind of movie that makes you reflect on your own human interactions. You don't have to be HIV+, a choreographer, a yuppie, a broadway queen, or even gay to see yourself in these characters. This is a fine exhibition of love, lust, friendship, and life.


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