Holding The Man


Holding The Man

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Heart-wrenching performances center Holding the Man, an achingly beautiful portrayal of love and death that may be too real for some.



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Tim and John fell in love and embarked on a forbidden high school romance that was to last a lifetime. Together they conquered countless prejudices and challenges to become champions of gay rights.

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Audience Reviews for Holding The Man

Beautiful and affecting. I was not expecting such a graceful love story and poignant tragedy, even though I knew this film was about a gay relationship set in the 1970's and 1980's, during the height of the AIDS panic. Decent acting all around, with Corr of particular note. If you want a good cry over strength, love, loss and injustice, "Holding The Man" is a great place to start.

Christian C
Christian C

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Very moving. Have to admit, I tried to read the book a few years back and couldn't get into it, so I was a little worried I may not like this either. However, it was a rare case where the movie was better (or maybe just me at the time I tried to read the book). Not much I can say about the plot - gay couple who meet in their teens in the 70's, their lives and families and eventually succumbing to AIDS. Yes, there was a few tears and frustration at the parents attitudes.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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The jumps in time can be a bit distracting (even though I understand the point and it makes sense for the film to be structured like that), but this is a very sad, tragic story told in a very honest way and with excellent performances by Ryan Corr, Craig Stott and Anthony LaPaglia.

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