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Beloved by some for breaking new ground, and condemned by others for reinforcing gay stereotypes, "The Boys in the Band" sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later for the first gay play, and subsequent Hollywood movie, to successfully reach a mainstream audience. Featuring anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers, as well as perspectives by legendary figures from stage and screen.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Making the Boys is fascinating recent history and a fascinating personal story as well.
Fresh: Almost simultaneously a groundbreaking landmark and a period piece.
Fresh: An impassioned evaluation of the cultural footprint of a landmark play considered both revolutionary and retrograde.
Fresh: Crayton Robey's documentary on this queer cultural touchstone admirably presents both sides of the divide.
This is bravery
When I came out ``Boys´´ was already dated. This documentary explains that the movie took gays from being a footnote in other people´s work to a subculture worthy of a full length feature. This was a giant step forward. Touching that so many important gay writers agreed to take be part of this piece.