The Boys in the Band
The Boys in the Band (1970)

(1970) "You show me a happy homosexual and I'll show you a gay corpse." In what Pauline Kael likened to "the gathering of bitchy ladies in The Women, but with a 40s-movie bomber crew cast," eight queens including… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 11, 2008
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Fernando F. Croce

The original queer tragicomedy

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

A movie that needs to finally be acknowledged -- unsullied -- for the groundbreaking status that it deserves.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

lively, edgy, groundbreaking

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

The sizzle of the bon mot%u2013tossing ensemble, intact from the stage original, is bracing and fuels the film's momentum.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Groundbreaking, yet entertaining too.

Phil Hall
Film Threat

These are not the type of gay boys that you would like to take home.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

a breakthrough film in the gay film genre; but dated by today's standards

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Powerful, painful, and blessed with endlessly quotable dialogue.

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Spellbinding drama directed by William Friedkin. Excellent filmization of Matt Crowley's landmark play about nine men at a birthday party located somewhere… More
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Compelling but at times brutally grim drama is a view into the dark night of the soul. Committed performances and good direction keep this watchable but at… More
Sylvester Kuo
Marvellous drama dealing with the lives of the homosexuals in the big city. It's well adapted tragicomedy.
Mark Hobin
Groundbreaking drama based on the off-Broadway play by Mart Crowley, featuring every member of the show's original cast. Michael is throwing a birthday… More