Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual accidentally intrudes on a homosexual party.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Mart Crowley (play), Mart Crowley (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Nelson ... Michael
Frederick Combs Frederick Combs ... Donald
Cliff Gorman ... Emory
Laurence Luckinbill ... Hank
Keith Prentice Keith Prentice ... Larry
Peter White ... Alan McCarthy
Reuben Greene Reuben Greene ... Bernard
Robert La Tourneaux ... Cowboy Tex
Leonard Frey ... Harold
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Storyline

It's Harold's birthday, and his closest friends throw him a party at Michael's apartment. Among Harold's presents is "Cowboy", since Harold may have trouble finding a cute young man on his own now that he's getting older. As the party progresses the self-deprecating humor of the group takes a nasty turn as the men become drunker. Climaxed by a cruel telephone "game" where each man must call someone and tell him (or her?) of his love for them. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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He's unnaturally, naturally beautiful and he's just one of Harold's birthday presents! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

According to the original contract to make the film, seen on screen in the documentary Making the Boys (2011), the original budget for the film "The Boys in the Band" was $1.25 million. See more »

Goofs

When Michael is on the phone with Alan, the chalkboard next to the phone goes from clean to dirty then back to clean. See more »

Quotes

Harold: You're a sad and pathetic man. You're a homosexual and you don't want to be, but there's nothing you can do to change it. Not all the prayers to your god, not all the analysis you can buy in all the years you've go left to live. You may one day be able to know a heterosexual life if you want it desperately enough. If you pursue it with the fervor with which you annihilate. But you'll always be homosexual as well. Always Michael. Always. Until the day you die.
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Alternate Versions

TV prints are 11 minutes shorter than the theatrical release and are redubbed and re-edited to remove all objectionable dialogue. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Girls in the Band (1976) See more »

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Anything Goes
Written by Cole Porter (uncredited)
Performed by Harpers Bizarre
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Had me scared for decades
30 July 2003 | by TheMikeJusticeSee all my reviews

Not only was this one of the first "gay" movies I ever saw, but it was, in fact, one of the first movies I ever saw - period. It had a profound influence on me, as I grew up thinking the adult life of a homosexual was going to be a dialogue-driven, melancholy soap opera set to instrumental Burt Bacharach. "The Boys in the Band" is one of my favorite films, and certainly better than most contemporary gay cinema. They don't make 'em like this anymore. This film has real visceral power and impact. I'd take this over "All Over the Boy" any day.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys in the Band See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,695
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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