Longtime Companion
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At the time of Longtime Companion's release in 1990, the devastating disease of AIDS was seen as a mysterious and deadly scourge, replete with rumors, lies, and panic. As the first narrative film to examine the AIDS epidemic, screenwriter Craig Lucas and director Norman René place the disease in an historical context, dramatizing the impact of the disease through time in a series of vignettes involving seven gay men. AIDS first made its presence felt surreptitiously, as an article in The New York Times reported on a rare cancer attacking gay men called Karposi's syndrome. Then the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the better hetero-friendly movies about gays."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Formally unadventurous, a little PBS-y, but undeniably moving as it evolves."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A sensitive film that helps us understand the bravery and gallantry of those who have been forced in the prime of life to confront death and grief."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A touching story, a bit preachy, but daring for its time."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Exceptional ensemble, heart-wrenching"
‑ Sarah Chauncey, Reel.com
"Good, but not as good as Parting Glances"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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