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  • Summary: Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, before the AIDS epidemic, gay pride parades or the Stonewall uprising, The Boys in the Band changed everything. Making The Boys explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. 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. Featuring anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers, as well as perspectives by legendary figures from stage and screen, Making The Boys traces the behind-the-scenes drama and lasting legacy of this cultural milestone. (First Run Features) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 17, 2011
    Captivating documentary about the creation of, and reaction to, the breakthrough play "The Boys in the Band."
  2. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Mar 21, 2011
    Making the Boys is at once political and personal. It is a history lesson, a sociological study and a memoir. It is a tale told with warmth and humor. And it is irresistible.
  3. Reviewed by: Charles McNulty
    Apr 28, 2011
    Making the Boys reveals just how bound up Crowley's play is with the history of the gay community, most heartbreakingly in the number of original company members who died from AIDS.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 7, 2011
    Though some of this material is fascinating, it feels like a rambling postscript to the real story, with Robey, with the benefit of hindsight, too eager to make "The Boys in the Band" snugly fit in the grand sweep of gay history, right down to California's Prop. 8.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 7, 2011
    The most illuminating nuggets come from playwrights, authors and journalists, including Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Larry Kramer, Michael Cunningham, Paul Rudnick, Dan Savageand the late Dominick Dunne, who helped get the movie version made.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Mar 8, 2011
    Crayton Robey's documentary on this queer cultural touchstone admirably presents both sides of the divide.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 11, 2011
    Crowley's biting portrait feels painfully dated, but in a way that's the point: Pioneers fight so those who follow can take their battles for granted.

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