Parting Glances (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Parting Glances (1986)




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Gay yuppie Robert (John Bolger) accepts an assignment in Africa that will put his strained relationship with his lover, Michael (Richard Ganoung), in limbo for the next few years. Michael, meanwhile, tends the needs of his ex, Nick (Steve Buscemi), whose punk band's video is getting MTV airplay even as he battles HIV and bittersweet memories in a claustrophobic apartment. After a farewell dinner thrown by Robert's foppish boss and his luminous wife, Michael and Robert fret and frolic with a host of Manhattan hipsters at a party thrown by their artist friend Joan (Kathy Kinney). These various crowd scenes set the stage for a series of one-on-one interactions that explore the romantic and other tensions of early AIDS-era Manhattan without offering too many easy resolutions. Buscemi would become an indie regular, while Kinney would go on to achieve fame on The Drew Carey Show in the 1990s.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Gay & Lesbian
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Bill Sherwood, Bill Sherwood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 11, 2000
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Richard Wall
as Douglas
Jim Selfe
as Douglas' Sidekick
as Liselotte
Patrick Ragland
as Ex-Seminarian
Daniel Haughey
as Commendatore
Hana Hartowicz
as Chris' Mother
Nicholas Hill
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for Parting Glances

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 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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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It was one of the first films to confront the emotional repercussions of AIDS, and has not become dated--which speaks volumes for this appealing candid movie.

Full Review… | November 23, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bill Sherwood's film is one of the first and most significant works (indie, of course) about the AIDS crisis that goes beyond the issue of coming out, placing its romantic triangle in the broader context of a vibrant gay community.

Full Review… | July 27, 2006

Audience Reviews for Parting Glances


Relationship drama with an seminal AIDS story contains a notable debut performance from Steve Buscemi and several other performers who were just starting out but now are familiar faces. Fine direction by Bill Sherwood, sadly his only film before falling victim to the disease himself.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Poster doesn't do it justice... an intimate tale of love old and new with beautiful life lessons. And hilarious!

Philip blue owl

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