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Longtime Companion (1990)

Longtime Companion (1990)

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One of the first films to offer a thoughtful treatment of the AIDS epidemic and its effects on the gay community, Longtime Companion was directed by Norman Rene, who would die of AIDS himself in 1996. The ensemble drama is told through a series of vignettes that begins with the first New York Times report on the mysterious "cancer" that had resulted in the deaths of a growing number of homosexual men and ends eight years later, after the disease has thoroughly and devastatingly affected the movie's close-knit core group of characters.

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Cast

Tanya Berezin
as Office Manager
Welker White
as Pochelle
Joyce Reehling
as Office Worker
Marceline Hugot
as Soap Opera Reader
Margo Skinner
as Casting Director
Philip Moon
as Restaurant Bartender
Hazel Medina
as Triage Nurse
Annie Golden
as Herion Addict
Freda Foh Shen
as Nurse with Addict
Kelly Connell
as Man with Soap Script
Tony Shalhoub
as Paul's Doctor
David Drake
as GMHC Volunteer
Dan Butler
as Walter
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Critic Reviews for Longtime Companion

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

One of the better hetero-friendly movies about gays.

April 9, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Bearing the burden of being the first film about AIDS, Longtime Companion (which premiered at Sundance Fest) had the task of placing the crisis on the national agenda, which meant a gentler, kinder tone; even so, it's a touching, nicely acted feature

January 24, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Exceptional ensemble, heart-wrenching

June 10, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Formally unadventurous, a little PBS-y, but undeniably moving as it evolves.

August 16, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

A touching story, a bit preachy, but daring for its time.

November 6, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Good, but not as good as Parting Glances

August 21, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Longtime Companion

Its surprising. It was made before Philadelphia, focuses on characters that are almost entirely gay men, it covers the entirety of the 1980s, offers a very honest portrait of the AIDS crisis, is a better movie, but Philadelphia is heralded as the definitive film about this subject. This film may move a little too fast but it isn't cheesy or award hungry like Philadelphia. It has a great cast and its well made. Deserves way more attention than it gets.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

½

touching and groundbreaking film, great ensemble acting. you feel these people could be friends. early showcase for mary louise parker and campbell scott.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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