The Boys in the Band (2020)


“Beware the hostile fag. When he’s sober, he’s dangerous. When he drinks, he’s lethal.” – Harold

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – In New York City in 1968, a group of gay friends meet for a birthday party where things get out of hand once they begin to discuss their feelings.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I heard about a few months ago and have been anticipating to see because I’ve heard so many great things about it.

They do a great job adapting the stage play to the screen.

The film has amazing dialogue that is written so well because it allows us to get a very clear and concrete understanding of the way of life for gay men in New York during the 60’s.

We get to hear how they feel about the way that they are regarding by friends and family due to their choices in life.

The dialogue also is able to develop these characters so well that we can see each of them for who they truly are.

The film has a superb cast and they each are able to create unique characters who each have something in common, yet each are quite distinct in their personalities.

The way that gay men have become much more accepted in society over the past 50 years doesn’t change the way that these characters are viewed because we still get to see their vulnerabilities along with their fears and desires for an unknown future.

Bottom Line – Very interesting screen adaptation of this stage play. The dialogue is superbly written and helps us get a clear understanding of who each of these characters are. The cast is superb and they all are able to create unique characters who are so very different yet all have something in common. The acceptance of gay men has obviously changed dramatically in the 50+ years once this play was written, but it still works quite well in helping establish the desires and fears of these characters.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the original play, there are only nine roles: the men who all gather for a birthday party. When the 2018 Broadway production was cast, much of the show’s publicity highlighted the fact that all of the actors cast in the play’s nine roles are openly gay. This cast was repeated for this film version, so it is again true that the entire main cast is openly gay; however, this adaptation also contains credited actors playing more minor characters who were not present in the play. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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