Longtime Companion

Longtime Companion

Director: Norman Rene

Cast: Bruce Davison, Campbell Scott, Stephen Caffrey

     
 

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The first of Norman Rene's collaborations with writer Craig Lucas, Longtime Companion, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental

Overview

The first of Norman Rene's collaborations with writer Craig Lucas, Longtime Companion, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a good disc from MGM/UA, although considering the historical impact of this film, some extras would have improved the package.

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All Movie Guide
Aside from the regrettably little-seen Buddies (1985) and Parting Glances (1986), Longtime Companion (1990) was the first feature film to deal explicitly with AIDS. At the time of its release, few filmmakers had examined the impact of AIDS on those living and dying with the disease. Feature films about gay men were still a rarity, and films about gay men with AIDS were non-existent. Although the film has been criticized for its focus on white, upper-class men, it uses this comfortable insularity to demonstrate AIDS' devastating effects, capturing the "it can't happen to me" attitude and the subsequent, horrific realization that, yes, it can. In exposing the lingering horror of AIDS, the film presents one of the first and still most poignant celluloid portraits of love and affection among gay men. The importance of its content aside, Longtime Companion also remains a remarkable display of ensemble acting, with almost uniformly excellent performances from its entire cast. A particular stand-out is Oscar nominee Bruce Davison, whose "Let it go" speech to his dying lover is one of the screen's most affecting depictions of love and loss.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
UPC:
0027616857705
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; Spanish: mono; French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Davison David
Campbell Scott Willy
Stephen Caffrey Fuzzy
Mark Lamos Sean
Patrick Cassidy Howard
Mary-Louise Parker Lisa
John Dossett Paul
Brian Cousins Bob
Dermot Mulroney John
Brad O'Hara Alec
Tanya Berezin Office Manager
Welker White Pochelle
Joyce Reehling Office Worker
Michael Schoeffling Michael
Marceline Hugot Soap Opera Reader
Margo Skinner Casting Director
Brad O'Hare Waiter
Philip Moon Restaurant Bartender
Hazel Medina Triage Nurse
Annie Golden Herion Addict
Freda Foh Shen Nurse with Addict
Kelly Connell Man with Soap Script
Keith Charles Martin
Robert Joy Ron
Tony Shalhoub Paul's Doctor
David Drake GMHC Volunteer
Michael Carmine Alberto
Dan Butler Walter

Technical Credits
Norman Rene Director
Ruth Ammon Art Director
Kate Conklin Set Decoration/Design
Greg de Belles Score Composer
Walter Hicklin Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Jackness Production Designer
Tony Jannelli Cinematographer
Lidsay Law Producer
Craig Lucas Screenwriter
Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer
Lia Vollack Musical Direction/Supervision
Katherine Wenning Editor
Stan Wlodkowski Producer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits/July '81 news [7:51]
2. Some work, more play [6:14]
3. "Hot date" [4:06]
4. April '82/John's sick [5:54]
5. Death notice [7:57]
6. June '83/Fear of others [12:42]
7. Sept. '84/"Dis-ease" [8:54]
8. March '85/Work suffers [5:24]
9. Brain seizures [7:21]
10. Jan. '86/Letting go [5:54]
11. Burial gown [7:36]
12. May '87/Remembering [5:44]
13. Sept. '88/Volunteering [3:22]
14. "Living with Aids" [2:17]
15. July '89/The survivors [2:05]
16. "Port mortem"/Credits [5:56]

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