Amazingly played and written but all that self-hate on the second half bothered me a little. It's like someone said to me once: "it gets bitter".
Adaptation of Mart Crowley play may seem dated in its representation of homosexuals but in other ways doesn't feel dated at all. The narcistic yet self hating, the venom contrasted with the tenderness, the comradirie contrasted with the pushing away still isn't so far from truth. Stagy yet compelling look captured by Friedkin that was brave enough to hire the orginal off broadway cast to boot. Essential curio.
Stolid rendering of the stage play which although trying to offer a market research cross-section of New York homosexual sterotypes, packs in some good lines of bitchy venom and interplay along the way. Alas it becomes stagebound and cinematically stodgey within the first half hour and falls away into lumpen rants of self hate. Nevertheless, a milestone and now something of a camp curio - "Hail Mary - Don't Ask".