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1985 (2018)




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Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, 1985 follows Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, "Gotham"), a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother (Aidan Langford) and estranged childhood friend (Jamie Chung), as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis).


Critic Reviews for 1985

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

It is a haunting elegy for a generation of gay men.

March 16, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a realistic, discreet, yet exploratory film that earns its tears honestly and scrupulously.

March 16, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Anchored by a deeply felt central performance from Cory Michael Smith, the modest but affecting film should find a receptive niche with LGBT audiences.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Relying heavily on the personal over the historical, Tan has crafted a stunning love letter in memoriam for the queer big brothers who could not be there to tell him what Adrian tells Andrew.

March 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite the subject matter, "1985" rarely dips into maudlin territory. It wisely chooses instead to celebrate unconditional love and the notion that what we have in common is greater than what divides us.

March 13, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Yen Tan's miracle of a film masterfully sets a heartbreaking, small-scaled familial story against the massive backdrop of the AIDS crisis.

March 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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