“You won’t leave me, will you?” Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. “I don’t want to die alone.” In spite of Brandon’s protestations, the two soon find the love they had shared for many years in ruins. One year after their breakup, Nick is confronted with a ravaged immune system and a CT Scan and lab values which, along with his worsening forgetfulness, clenches the diagnosis of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) – a condition he has seen claim his friends and one which he vows will not take him. Due to the aggressive nature of the disease, he has only a few days of conscious life remaining. His plan, he announces to family and “extended family,” is to voluntarily end his life himself before the disease renders him unrecognizable to those he loves and he, in turn, is unable to recognize them. Uninvited to the farewell party, Brandon’s presence is greeted with jeers from those who see him as having abandoned Nick is his time of greatest need. –IMDb
Randal Kleiser has been an internationally known film director since the release of his first feature, Grease, the most successful movie musical ever made. Other features include The Blue Lagoon with Brooke Sheilds, Summer Lovers starring Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah, Grandview U.S.A. with Jamie Lee Curtis, Flight of the Navigator, featuring the first use of digital morphing in a motion picture; Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and White Fang. In London, he directed the critically acclaimed comedy, Getting It Right, starring Lynn Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Jane Horricks and Sir John Guilgud. In 1996 he wrote and directed It’s My Party, starring Eric Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Lee Grant, Bruce Davison and Marlee Matlin. As a writer-producer, he was responsible for the surfing classic, North Shore for Universal Pictures. He also directed the thriller, Shadow of Doubt with Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger Working in 70mm 3-D, he directed Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which is currently… read more
This movie brought back a lot of memories from that time when we didn't know what caused AIDS or how it was transmitted. Gay men were just dying. I applaud Randal Kleiser for his courage in telling his own story - it was honest and heartfelt. Eric Roberts and Gregory Harrison give outstanding performances. Watch It's My Party, then watch It with Randal Kleiser's commentary, then watch it again. It's beautiful.