The Boys in the Band
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(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 nelly Cliff Gorman ("I'm your topless cocktail waitress"), an is-he? or isn't-he? closet case, and one midnight cowboy party favor gather in a Greenwich Village apartment for the birthday of self-described "ugly, pockmarked Jew fairy" Leonard Frey (later Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof) but nasty host Kenneth Nelson insists… 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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