Making the Boys
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MAKING THE BOYS tells the story of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking play "The Boys in the Band" - from overnight sensation on Broadway, to Hollywood's first gay movie, to cultural landmark and worldwide phenomenon - all the while having a complicated and sometimes controversial relationship with the gay community. No one could have guessed the impact that a small Off-Broadway production would have on the social climate of the 1960s...not to mention how important and monumental it was to gay people at the time, many of whom were still in the closet. MAKING THE BOYS features… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Crayton Robey's documentary is a time capsule of the burgeoning gay rights era. It has poignant moments that sneak up on you. And sometimes, well, it's just trashy fun."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Clayton Robey's documentary starts off wobbly before becoming a bracing cocktail of cultural, creative and personal histories."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"An entertaining and compelling reason to either reconsider the polarizing work or to experience it for the first time with due regard for its original context."
‑ Brian Juergens,
"It is hard to make a lively documentary out of talking heads, but Robey has done that as he puts the play into historical perspective."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
"In a way, Making's director, Crayton Robey, has written a love letter to [Natalie] Wood"
‑ Kent Turner,
"Almost simultaneously a groundbreaking landmark and a period piece."
‑ Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
"Making the Boys is fascinating recent history and a fascinating personal story as well."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"A fine new documentary about the evolution of the controversial play and subsequent movie."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Scrupulously researched, highly absorbing and worthwhile documentary about, like it or not, the seminal gay play."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A fascinating slice of contemporary history, one that too easily could be overlooked or forgotten. Entertaining and enlightening."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Sometimes, it errs on the side of inclusiveness, with banal commentary from gay reality-TV shows. Taking the broad view mostly works, however."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, "Making the Boys.""
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"For all the attention paid to the issues surrounding Boys, however, but for a handful of too-short clips, there's surprisingly little detail about the specifics of the film or play"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"A comprehensive look at the creation and afterlife of a significant work of art."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"A remarkably evenhanded history."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
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