The Boys in the Band

1970, U.S., 118 min.


Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 9:00pm

At times both outrageously funny and intensely mean-spirited, “The Boys in the Band” — the first of two queer classics at QFest — is based on the groundbreaking play by Mart Crowley. Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual man is accidentally invited to a homosexual party. Michael is hosting a birthday celebration for a pal when he gets an unexpected visit from old friend Alan. The problem: Alan is straight and extremely straitlaced, while everyone else at the party is gay. Michael hopes to conceal his sexuality from Alan, but this charade doesn't last. After being outed, Michael turns on Alan, accuses him of being a closeted gay, and forces him to partake in a revealing and cruel party game that has devastating consequences. In the years following the film's release, director Friedkin made the iconic films “The French Connection,” “The Exorcist,” “Cruising,” and “To Live and Die in LA.”


William Friedkin

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