The Boys in the Band
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"The Boys in the Band is not a musical" read the film's original advertisements. The film is set in the apartment of Michael (Kenneth Nelson), a homosexual who holds a birthday party for his friend Harold (Leonard Frey). As Michael and his gay buddies prepare for Harold's arrival, Michael's old college chum Alan (Peter White) makes a surprise appearance. Alan is straight, so Michael tells the revellers to watch their step. Alan's uptight reaction to gay Emory (Cliff Gorman) foments a confrontation. The embittered Michael tries to prove that Alan is a latent homosexual… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The original queer tragicomedy"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A movie that needs to finally be acknowledged -- unsullied -- for the groundbreaking status that it deserves."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"lively, edgy, groundbreaking"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The characters' pathos and self-loathing were deplorable even in 1970, but the it is significant historically as one of Hollywood's first explicitly gay movies and an early work of Billy Friedkin just before making the Oscar-winner French Connection."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The sizzle of the bon mot%u2013tossing ensemble, intact from the stage original, is bracing and fuels the film's momentum."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Groundbreaking, yet entertaining too."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"These are not the type of gay boys that you would like to take home."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"a breakthrough film in the gay film genre; but dated by today's standards"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Powerful, painful, and blessed with endlessly quotable dialogue."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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