The Boys in the Band R

The Boys in the Band
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 3, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1970
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case - Sensormatic
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital (unspecified) - English
    • Subtitles - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: William Friedkin - Director
    • Featurette:
      1. ACT ONE: The Play
      2. ACT TWO: The Film
      3. ACT THREE: 40 Years of "Boys in the Band"

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by &
Screenwriting by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"As my father said to me when he died in my arms: 'I don't understand any of it; I never did.'"
  - Michael (Kenneth Nelson) to Donald (Frederick Combs)

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 19


User Ratings: 1,349
Rating: 4/5 -- lively, edgy, groundbreaking
Shadows on the Wall
Aug 26, 2005
Rating: 3/4 -- The sizzle of the bon mot%u2013tossing ensemble, intact from the stage original, is bracing and fuels the film's momentum. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Nov 10, 2008
[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
Nov 14, 2008
The combination of schoolgirl confessional... with a discernible element of holier-than-thou voyeurism does give off a certain sliminess. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 17, 2018
Rating: C+ -- 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. Full Review
Mar 29, 2009
The original queer tragicomedy Full Review
Sep 5, 2009
A movie that needs to finally be acknowledged -- unsullied -- for the groundbreaking status that it deserves. Full Review
Windy City Times
Nov 29, 2008

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

William Friedkin's THE BOYS IN THE BAND is the film version of Mart Crowley's popular Broadway play. Relationships are strained and tempers are tested in this moving and important film, which used the original Broadway cast. The story revolves around a birthday party that is thrown for a gay man by some of his gay friends. The accidental invitation and subsequent arrival of a straight friend causes everyone to rethink their roles in relationships.


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