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Longtime Companion (1989)

The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s.

Director:

Norman René

Writer:

Craig Lucas
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Campbell Scott ... Willy
Patrick Cassidy ... Howard
John Dossett ... Paul
Mary-Louise Parker ... Lisa
Stephen Caffrey ... Fuzzy
Tanya Berezin Tanya Berezin ... Office Manager
Welker White ... Rochelle
Michael Piontek Michael Piontek ... Office Worker
Joyce Reehling Joyce Reehling ... Office Worker
Bruce Davison ... David
Mark Lamos Mark Lamos ... Sean
Dermot Mulroney ... John
Michael Schoeffling ... Michael
Brian Cousins ... Bob
Marceline Hugot ... Soap Opera Reader
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Storyline

Perhaps the first film to put a human face on the AIDS epidemic, Longtime Companion follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as "Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder," we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates the lives of our protagonists. Jumping between Manhattan and Fire Island, vignettes carry us from the it-couldn't-happen-to-me mentality of the early days of the disease to the invasive effect it has had on all of our lives, today. The title of the film comes from the New York Times' refusal to acknowledge homosexual relationships in their obituary section during this period. Instead, survivors were referred to as "Longtime Companions" of the deceased. Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1990 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Dugogodišnji prijatelj See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,525, 13 May 1990

Gross USA:

$4,609,953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,609,953
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the poster art and DVD cover, the image of the guys walking on the beach has been altered - some might say censored. In the scene where the poster/cover image is taken from in the movie, the character "Fuzzy" is wearing an ACT-UP t-shirt that depicts two sailors kissing with the tag line that read "Read My Lips", a play on then President Bush's "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" slogan. In the cover art, the t-shirt graphic has been removed so that he only has a blank white t-shirt now. In the film scene, in contrast to the poster scene, "Fuzzy" also has shaved off his beard. See more »

Goofs

Willy comes out with a bottle of wine and holds it at the neck, pouring. When the camera changes for a closeup of the pouring he then holds it by the base of the bottle. See more »

Quotes

Michael: I love my ears. I love my nose. I love myself.
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Connections

References Dynasty (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Wanna Funk
Written by Patrick Cowley and Sylvester
Performed by Sylvester
Published by Masculine Music & Sequins at Noon Music
Courtesy of Megatone Records
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the tide is high ...
8 May 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Blondie's hit record opens this early AIDS film, a kneejerk reaction to the hysteria that was happening in the world in the wake of so many deaths from what was still viewed as 'the gay plague'.

'Longtime Companion' centres on a group of friends who are affected by AIDS in various different ways - two are victims of the disease, while others survive to remember their friends with affection. There are one or two stereotypes here (the camp Fuzzy, who mimes to disco records), but in the main the characters are played with sensitivity (and a degree of humour): Bruce Davison, Mark Lamos, and Campbell Scott stand out from a good cast.

I particularly liked the moving and celebratory ending, a surreal segue which brings everyone together in a huge, joyous beach party where everyone is alive, in love, and together. This single scene says more about the effects of the AIDS epidemic than many other right-on scenes from more traditional films.


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