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Michael (Kenneth Nelson) is hosting a birthday celebration for a pal when he gets an unexpected visit from old friend Alan (Peter White). The problem is, Alan is straight -- and extremely straitlaced -- and everyone else at the party is gay. Michael hopes to conceal his sexuality from Alan, but this charade doesn't last. After being outed, Michael turns on Alan, accuses him of being a closeted gay and forces him to partake in a revealing party game that has devastating consequences.

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Critic Reviews for The Boys in the Band

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2)

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  • May 24, 2018
    A fascinating time capsule. Some of the material hasn't aged well, but overall Crowley's vicious, hilarious screenplay remains an important milestone for the gay community.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2011
    Marvellous drama dealing with the lives of the homosexuals in the big city. It's well adapted tragicomedy.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2010
    William Friedkin's uproarious, painful, groundbreaking classic film. Matt Crowley adapted his own acclaimed award-winning off-Broadway hit play, retaining much of the qualities of pathos, bitchiness, loneliness and jealousy that so enriched his play. The story concerns eight gay men and one possibly gay, who all come together for the birthday party of a mutual friend and end up at each others throats, lashing out at each other with lots of self-loathing. Exceptional performances by Kenneth Nelson, Frederick Combs, Cliff Gorman, Laurence Luckinbill, Keith Prentice, Peter White, Reuben Greene, Robert La Tourneaux, and Leonard Frey, who all recreate their original stage roles under Friedkin's skillful sensitive direction."Boys" is often hilarious and builds to a powerful climax. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2010
    I'm afraid I have NEVER liked this film. The characters are so neurotic & mean-spirited & the dialogue is neither witty, amusing nor even vaguely interesting. It becomes rather tedious extremely quickly. Don't bother. Half a star out of 5.
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer

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