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237 Ratings

The Boys in the Band

Directed by William Friedkin
United States, 1970
LGBT+, Drama


Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party.

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The Boys in the Band Directed by William Friedkin

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1971 | Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer - Male

Critics reviews

Friedkin brings a corresponding visual energy to the verbal thrusts and parries of Crowley’s dialogue, though at times this seems like a busy front to conceal an anxiety over appearing relaxed and at home in the milieu. If the script’s flurry of tossed-off [homophobic slurs] no longer has the shock value it may once have had, such attractions as… Friedkin’s handling of a cloudburst that drives the party indoors give The Boys in the Band a shelf-life beyond its original groundbreaking function.
July 03, 2015
[It’s] perhaps the most timely film Friedkin ever made and a quintessential example of a director whose interest in opening up and maintaining spatial situations takes on self-sustaining proportions. When Steven Soderbergh recut Raiders of the Lost Ark in 2014, he called Steven Spielberg’s visual prowess “high level visual math shit,” a description that could be applied to Friedkin’s film as well, albeit on a much smaller scale.
June 12, 2015
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