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The Boys in the Band

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on Matt Crowley's play of the same name, THE BOYS IN THE BAND is a hilarious farce that focuses on the personal mores and identity politics of a group of gay friends at a private birthday party in Manhattan. Released one year after Federico Fellini's SATYRICON, BOYS reflects director William Friedkin's youthful admiration of the personal European films many American directors were emulating at the time. Michael (Kenneth Nelson) is throwing a birthday party for his scathingly self-deprecating friend Harold (Leonard Frey), and the exclusive circle of friends invited are all gay men, all of whom suffer some form of the identity crises imposed by an intolerant society that requires complicit suppression. The release from social preoccupations behind closed doors results in an alcohol-induced claustrophobia, and when an unexpected visit from Michael's straight college friend takes everyone by surprise, unspoken personal revelations come boiling to the surface. With the sort of lively and rabid repartee of an Oscar Wilde play combined with the dark, psychological stalking of Edward Albee/Mike Nichols WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, THE BOYS IN THE BAND is Friedkin's most accomplished, and final, European-influenced, auteurist effort before he turned to genre and self-described commercial filmmaking.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 887854

  • Credits
    Frederick Combs, Leonard Frey, Cliff Gorman, Kenneth Nelson, Maud Adams, Maud Wikstrom, Reuben Greene, Robert La Tourneaux, Laurence Luckinbill, Keith Prentice, Peter White
  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]his heavy-handed relic of a self-loathing time proves surprisingly relevant -- not to mention funny, disturbing, and deeply moving." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

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