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The Boys in the Band (2020)

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At a birthday party in 1968 New York, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths.


Joe Mantello


Mart Crowley (based on the play and the motion picture "The Boys in the Band" by), Mart Crowley (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Parsons ... Michael
Zachary Quinto ... Harold
Matt Bomer ... Donald
Andrew Rannells ... Larry
Charlie Carver ... Cowboy
Robin de Jesus ... Emory (as Robin de Jesús)
Brian Hutchison ... Alan
Michael Benjamin Washington ... Bernard
Tuc Watkins ... Hank
Brian Dole ... Young Bohemian
Mark Thomas Young Mark Thomas Young ... Young Peter Dahlbeck
Alpha Miknas Alpha Miknas ... Young Bernard
Paul Douglas Anderson ... Mover #1
Marc Basil Marc Basil ... Mover #2
Jack O'Connell Jack O'Connell ... Doorman

How the Cast Connected With 'The Boys in the Band'

Stars Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchinson, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins discuss what first inspired them to participate in the 2018 Broadway revival and to return for the new Netflix film adaptation.

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In 1968 New York City - when being gay was still considered to be best kept behind closed doors - a group of friends gather for a raucous birthday party hosted by Michael (Jim Parsons), a screenwriter who spends and drinks too much, in honor of the sharp-dressed and sharp-tongued Harold (Zachary Quinto). Other partygoers include Donald (Matt Bomer), Michael's former flame, now mired in self-analysis; Larry (Andrew Rannells), a randy commercial artist living with Hank (Tuc Watkins), a school teacher who has just left his wife; Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington), a librarian tiptoeing around fraught codes of friendship alongside Emory (Robin de Jesús), a decorator who never holds back; and a guileless hustler (Charlie Carver) hired to be Harold's gift for the night. What begins as an evening of drinks and laughs gets upended when Alan (Brian Hutchison), Michael's straight-laced college roommate, shows up unexpectedly and each man is challenged to confront long-buried truths that ... Written by Netflix

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, some graphic nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In the opening montage, Donald (played by Matt Bomer ) is seen driving a convertible across the Manhattan Bridge. In White Collar: Pilot (2009), Neal Caffrey, also played by Matt, is seen driving a convertible across the Brooklyn Bridge. In each instance, a different interpretation of the same song, "Hold On, I'm Coming", is heard. See more »


The phone in the living room is a model 1A2 with buttons for multiple lines. It had at least two lines based on the action in the film. It is shown with a standard line cord when this type of phone should have a thicker cord to handle the multiple lines, the lighted buttons and the hold button. See more »


[the Doorbell Rings]
Michael: It's just the boy from the bakery.
Emory: Ask him if he's got any hot cross buns!
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Featured in The Boys in the Band: Something Personal (2020) See more »


Cantaloupe Island
Written by Herbie Hancock
Performed by Herbie Hancock
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Cutting Dialogue
3 October 2020 | by marshall-lambertSee all my reviews

A bunch of queens together in 1968 is still the same as a bunch of queens together in 2020. Full of gin and regret.

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Release Date:

30 September 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys in the Band See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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