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Longtime Companion (1990)




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One of the first films to offer a thoughtful treatment of the AIDS epidemic and its effects on the gay community, Longtime Companion was directed by Norman Rene, who would die of AIDS himself in 1996. The ensemble drama is told through a series of vignettes that begins with the first New York Times report on the mysterious "cancer" that had resulted in the deaths of a growing number of homosexual men and ends eight years later, after the disease has thoroughly and devastatingly affected the movie's close-knit core group of characters.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Gay & Lesbian
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Written By: Craig Lucas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2001
Samuel Goldwyn Company

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Tanya Berezin
as Office Manager
Joyce Reehling
as Office Worker
Marceline Hugot
as Soap Opera Reader
Margo Skinner
as Casting Director
Philip Moon
as Restaurant Bartender
Hazel Medina
as Triage Nurse
Annie Golden
as Herion Addict
Freda Foh Shen
as Nurse with Addict
Kelly Connell
as Man with Soap Script
David Drake
as GMHC Volunteer
Dan Butler
as Walter
Welker White
as Pochelle
Tony Shalhoub
as Paul's Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Longtime Companion

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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Full Review… | March 17, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Longtime Companion


touching and groundbreaking film, great ensemble acting. you feel these people could be friends. early showcase for mary louise parker and campbell scott.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Its surprising. It was made before Philadelphia, focuses on characters that are almost entirely gay men, it covers the entirety of the 1980s, offers a very honest portrait of the AIDS crisis, is a better movie, but Philadelphia is heralded as the definitive film about this subject. This film may move a little too fast but it isn't cheesy or award hungry like Philadelphia. It has a great cast and its well made. Deserves way more attention than it gets.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

For those of you old enough to remember a time before AIDS, this film will bring back all the trauma and paranoia that queer culture felt at the beginning of the 1980's. The film brilliantly captures two times in gay culture: Before AIDS and After AIDS and is filled with powerful moments. Wrenching and unforgettable. The film actually plays a bit like a horror film to me. Hard to watch, but important.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

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