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Making the Boys (2011)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Crayton Robey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Albee ... Himself - Playwright, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Joe Allen Joe Allen ... Himself - Investor, The Boys in the Band
Matt Baney Matt Baney ... Himself - Dir. of HIV Services, St. Vincent's Hospital
David Carter David Carter ... Himself - Historian
Candis Cayne ... Herself - Actor, Dirty, Sexy, Money
Andy Cohen ... Himself - Bravo
Mart Crowley Mart Crowley ... Himself - Playwright, The Boys in the Band
Michael Cunningham ... Himself - Author, The Hours
Dominick Dunne ... Himself
David Ehrenstein David Ehrenstein ... Himself - Author, Open Secret: Gay Hollywood 1928-2000
William Friedkin ... Himself - Academy Award Winning Director
Peter Harvey Peter Harvey ... Himself - Set Designer, The Boys in the Band
Aaron Hicklin Aaron Hicklin ... Himself - Editor-in-Chief, Out Magazine
Jerry Hoose Jerry Hoose ... Himself - Founder, Gay Liberation Front
Cheyenne Jackson ... Himself - Actor
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Storyline

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. Written by Miguel Camnitzer

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The Story Behind The Boys in the Band See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Garotos da Banda See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,513, 11 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,443, 31 July 2011
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Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage: The Boys in the Band)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Since the play had a small budget, and the theater it was staged in did not have high ceilings, blown up photographs were used to approximate the effect of a Manhattan duplex (two story) apartment. The set designer clipped some magazine photographs which he liked, had them enlarged, and collaged together. Unbeknownst to him, one of the photographs was from the Manhattan apartment of Barbara Walters. Someone Walters knew saw the play the opening night, and let her know that pictures of her apartment might have been used. She bought tickets and attended the play early in it's run, and told the production team that the pictures were indeed of her apartment, and she was quite amused. See more »

Crazy Credits

Leonard Frey died of AIDS in 1988 See more »

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Features Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989) See more »

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How Times Change !!!!!!!!! Plus , Bette's Pilot ?
22 June 2011 | by jgbook2007See all my reviews

It is interesting to not that The Boys In The Band , essentially the first play 100% about " out " gay male men in the New York theater written from an " inside " perspective , rather got split on the barre of history .

When it opened , as said above , it was considered radical - Then , by the time the movie came out , Stonewall had happened , and some gays considered it to " self-loathing " , refelecting as it did the pre-Stonewall world .

What was this " Bette Davis Show " , a TV pilot ( I assume ) that we see clips of , that Mart did a - credied - rewrite on ? It is not listed , either her nor under Bette .

Presumably it was never shown publicaly/officially ?

The veracity of " Judy's funeral inspired the Stonewall fightback " has been argued back & forth...


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