Making the Boys

Making the Boys

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Making the Boys

The Gay Liberation Movement was still in its embryonic stages, the Stonewall riots were a year away, and homosexuality was rarely treated as anything more than a joke in popular culture (if it was acknowledged at all) when Mart Crowley's play The Boys in the Band opened off-Broadway in the spring of 1968. The Boys in the Band concerned a handful of gay men who gathered for a birthday party on Manhattan's Upper East Side, where the celebration turns sour after alcohol loosens the tongues of some of the guests and they share opinions they had previously kept hidden. While some critics felt some of the characters reflected negative stereotypical views of homosexuals, many others praised it for dealing openly and honestly with the gay community in a way that was unprecedented in mainstream entertainment. The play enjoyed a run of over a thousand performances, and in 1970 William Friedkin adapted the play for the cinema, using the complete original cast in his film version. Filmmaker Crayton Robey offers an insiders' look at how Mart Crowley's drama became a groundbreaking event in both theater and cinema in the documentary Making the Boys, which includes interviews with Crowley; actor Laurence Luckinbill (who played Hank in the original production); playwrights Edward Albee, Michael Cunningham, Paul Rudnick, and Tony Kushner; and Robert Wagner, who worked with Crowley on the television series Hart to Hart. Making the Boys received its world premiere as a work in progress at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2011
UPC: 0720229914826
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 54,873

Special Features

Relationship time with Dan Savage; Dominick Dunne's Hollywood; The missing scene; Malibu '65; A perfect match

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Albee Participant
Mart Crowley Participant
Michael Cunningham Participant
Dominick Dunne Participant
William Friedkin Participant
Cheyenne Jackson Participant
Ed Koch Participant
Larry Kramer Participant
Carson Kressley Participant
Tony Kushner Participant
Laurence Luckinbill Participant
Terrence McNally Participant
Michael Musto Participant
Paul Rudnick Participant
Dan Savage Participant
Christian Siriano Participant
Marc Shaiman Participant
Scott Wittman Participant
Robert Wagner Participant
Peter White Participant

Technical Credits
Crayton Robey Director,Producer
Peter Angell Score Composer
Judith Bass Associate Producer
Susan Bedusa Producer
Miguel Camnitzer Co-producer
Bill Condon Executive Producer
Robert Greene Editor
Seth Hurlbert Editor
Eric Daniel Metzgar Editor
Frank Minarik Score Composer
Jack Morrissey Co-producer
Lucian Piane Score Composer
Charles Poekel Cinematographer
Danielle Rosen Associate Producer
Douglas Tirola Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Making the Boys
1. Mart [11:15]
2. Gay Hollywood [9:11]
3. The Script [8:38]
4. The Play is On [9:24]
5. Success [8:51]
6. Stonewall [4:26]
7. The Movie [6:34]
8. After Liberation [9:53]
9. Tragedy [11:46]
10. The Impact [9:43]
11. End Credits [2:59]

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