The Boys in the Band (1970)
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Critic Reviews for The Boys in the Band
The characters' pathos and self-loathing were deplorable even in 1970, but the it is significant historically as one of Hollywood's first explicitly gay movies and an early work of Billy Friedkin just before making the Oscar-winner French Connection.
These are not the type of gay boys that you would like to take home.
A movie that needs to finally be acknowledged -- unsullied -- for the groundbreaking status that it deserves.
The sizzle of the bon mot%u2013tossing ensemble, intact from the stage original, is bracing and fuels the film's momentum.
a breakthrough film in the gay film genre; but dated by today's standards
Audience Reviews for The Boys in the Band
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Compelling but at times brutally grim drama is a view into the dark night of the soul. Committed performances and good direction keep this watchable but at times some of the actions are so cruel you have to wonder how these people could of been friends before and how could they still be friends after.
Groundbreaking drama based on the off-Broadway play by Mart Crowley, featuring every member of the show's original cast. Michael is throwing a birthday party for his friend Harold. All the guests are gay. One is "straight". Before the night is over, the conversation will turn ugly. The catty banter is infused with wit, vitriol, camp and self-loathing ; hilarious one minute, excruciatingly painful the next. Claustrophobic direction actually benefits the material.
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|Emory:||Who is this exotic woman over here?....My dear, I thought you had perished! Where have you been hiding your classially chiseled features?....|
|Emory:||Who is this exotic woman over here? My dear, I thought you had perished! Where have you been hiding your classially chiseled features?|
|Michael:||Where did you find this trash?|
|Larry:||Downstairs leaning against a lamppost.|
|Emory:||With an orchid behind my ear and big red lips painted over the lipline.|
|Michael:||Just like Maria Montez.|
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