Love! Valour! Compassion!

Love! Valour! Compassion!

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Director: Joe Mantello

Cast: Jason Alexander, Randy Becker, Stephen Bogardus

     
 

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Two dramas dealing with homosexual themes were released on DVD by New Line Home Video on the same day. One was Torch Song Trilogy, while the other was Joe Mantello's cinematic adaptation of Love! Valour! Compassion!, starring familiar faces like Jason Alexander and Anthony Heald. Mantello's work comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. TheSee more details below

Overview

Two dramas dealing with homosexual themes were released on DVD by New Line Home Video on the same day. One was Torch Song Trilogy, while the other was Joe Mantello's cinematic adaptation of Love! Valour! Compassion!, starring familiar faces like Jason Alexander and Anthony Heald. Mantello's work comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This disc will satisfy those with an interest in the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
It's amazing how quickly the gay zeitgeist changes. By the time this Terrence McNally adaptation hit theaters in 1997, the reality of the AIDS epidemic had been forever altered by the advent of the triple cocktail. And a mere five years later, in the the post-Ellen, post-Will & Grace, gays-everywhere era, even the film's low-key political subtext seems like an '80s anachronism. Yet the enduring strength of Love! Valour! Compassion! is its attention to character, to the complexities of a social set, and to the ways in which chance events can ripple across them, changing everything. Full of fine performances from the well-oiled Broadway cast (with Jason Alexander ably subbing for the absent Nathan Lane), the film doesn't exactly break free from its stage incarnation. But, boxed-in as it is, the film's characters seem real, and the simple push and pull of their interlocking friendships keeps the action moving. A willfully affirming answer to the self-hatred of The Boys in the Band a few decades earlier, the film does tend to wear its heart on its sleeve. But its fine performances, economical setting, and mournful warmth mark it as a superior effort -- superior not only to all those endless, by-the-books coming-out stories, but also to the slew of comedies that followed it in the separate subgenre of scripts that deal with the complexities of gay middle age.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
UPC:
0794043494628
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Alexander Buzz Hauser
Randy Becker Fornos,Ramon
Stephen Bogardus Gregory Mitchell
John Glover John And James Jeckyll
John Benjamin Hickey Arthur Rape
Justin Kirk Bobby Brahms
Stephen Spinella Perry Sellars

Technical Credits
Joe Mantello Director
John Carrafa Choreography
Doug Chapin Producer
Jess Goldstein Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Krost Producer
Jamie Krost Musical Direction/Supervision
Amy Labowitz Executive Producer
Terrence E. McNally Screenwriter
Terrence McNally Screenwriter
Alik Sakharov Cinematographer
François Séguin Production Designer
Colleen Sharp Editor
Jonathan Veisgal Executive Producer
Ruth Vitale Executive Producer
Harold Wheeler Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. This House Is a Home/Title [4:35]
2. On the Road [:10]
3. "I Know What He Looks Like" [2:37]
4. Ramon and Friends [1:43]
5. Settling In [3:16]
6. Dinner and a Little Hate [5:35]
7. Where's the Love? [2:03]
8. The Starriest Night [4:46]
9. Bump in the Night [1:45]
10. How Hot Is Hot Enough? [3:42]
11. Nancy Volleyball [3:09]
12. Tea and Adultery [1:03]
13. "Put Some Clothes On" [3:11]
14. Bobby Confesses [4:03]
15. Fun With Discipline [1:36]
16. That First Time [2:46]
17. "Happy Anniversary..." [4:22]
18. Facing the Lesion [1:00]
19. ...Ditto [3:04]
20. Answered Prayers [4:17]
21. Trying to Let Go [:22]
22. "Because of Bobby!" [3:38]
23. In the Face of Death [3:19]
24. Secrets of a Good Soul [5:55]
25. The Sad, Sad Musical [2:19]
26. Six Ballerinas and a Kibitz [3:11]
27. The Coming Years [3:26]
28. A Moonlight Dip [2:27]
29. End Credits [2:38]

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