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It's My Party [Special Edition] (1996)

Eric Roberts , Lee Grant , Randal Kleiser  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Roberts, Lee Grant, Gregory Harrison, Marlee Matlin, Olivia Newton-John
  • Directors: Randal Kleiser
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008R9KD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It's My Party [Special Edition]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 3 featurettes: "Behind the Scenes: The Kiss," "The Score: Basil Poledouris," "Harry Stein's House: Research Tape"
  • Deleted scenes with director's commentary
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Writer-director Randal Kleiser (Grease) creates "a genuine family feeling" (Roger Ebert) with this "brave, funny and heartbreaking" (Rex Reed, The New York Observer) film starring Margaret Cho, Academy Award(r) winner* Lee Grant, Gregory Harrison, Academy Award(r) winner** Marlee Matlin, Olivia Newton-John, Bronson Pinchot, Eric Roberts, George Segal and Roddy McDowall. Roberts gives a "touching, urgent performance" (San Francisco Chronicle) as Nick, a man whose three-year battle with AIDS is about to come to a close. Rather than face debilitation, he chooses to end his life but not before throwing the greatest farewell party of all time. As friends and family gather for a bittersweet celebration, something incredible happens. It's a two-daylong, uplifting, outrageous and life-affirming party that is ultimately Nick's everlasting legacy.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performances enhance a timely story! January 28, 2004
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I came upon this little-known film by accident the other evening and it was a discovery that I was glad to have made. As has previously been stated, Eric Roberts portrays "Nick" who has been living an idyllic existence with his partner "Brandon," portrayed by Gregory Harrison. Suddenly, their lives are turned inside out when Nick is diagnosed with AIDS. Brandon is unable to cope with the revelation and begins to distance himself from his friend. The strain on the relationship caused them to have a permanent and ugly separation.

One year later, as the disease begins to progress to its eventual fatal end, Nick decides to throw a "bash" for his himself, as well as his family and friends. Nick also intends on taking his own life because prior to his mind and body's deterioration.

Nick's family and friends all come with the exception of the unknowing Brandon. Margaret Cho, playing one of Nick's friends, intercedes and seeks out Brandon, telling him about his former lover's intentions. During the party, Brandon appears and amidst the celebration, he and Nick briefly reconcile.

The final meeting between the two is poignant as well as celebratory.

As far as the performances are concerned, the principals are superb. Why Roberts did not attain the heights, as his better-known sibling, Julia, is unfathomable. He is quite good as the dying Nick.

Harrison is appropriately confused and compassionate as one that must deal with his own guilt and the mortality of someone with whom he had planned to share his life.

Lee Grant, as Nick's mom, is brilliant, showing why she has been one of the most unappreciated actresses of the past fifty years.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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What a wonderfully written, beautifully acted movie.It is thought provoking & touching, raising questions about Aids,euthanasia & death with dignity.Eric Roberts, in a departure role for him as a usual bad boy of film, gives an OUTSTANDING performance as a victim of Aids who wants to die with dignity, so throws a party with all of his closest friends & family members. His ex lover who had previously left him since he was having difficulty dealing with the illness, ends up at the party, & they come to terms with their break up, & the inevitable. Fantastic performances abound in this movie: Gregory Harrison,Lee Grant,Olivia Newton John,Bronson Pinchot (Who provides the comic relief), Margaret Cho, Marlee Matlin, & of course, the ever fabulously talented Roddy MacDowell. I was worried that this movie would be terribly depressing...I had trouble with Philadelphia.Though that movie was well written & acted, I found it oppressive. 'It's My Party' is fantasic!You'll laugh, you'll cry, & the soundtrack is wonderful.Reminded me a bit of 'The Big Chill' because of the soundtrack, but this film is so thoroughly entertaining.'It's About Time'! Eric Roberts got a good role to showcase his amazing talents. What an incredibly talented actor! Just see it!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Superb, and Extremely Emotional! June 19, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Randall Kleiser spent ten arduous years trying to make this film and, even with the resistance of Hollywood execs, he ended with a Masterpiece of film. Eric Roberts gives a standout performance as a dying AIDS patient wanting desperately to make ammends with his former lover and filmmaker Gregory Harrison.
The Film, shot sequentially, was marvelous from beginning to end with exceptional and marked performances by Olivia Newton-John (magical as always), Margaret Chou (perfect), Marlee Matlin (an endearing portrayal), George Seagal (understated perfectly), and the legendary Lee Grant (a wonderfully emotional performance fitting only a great actress).
Much akin to the illustrious Ordinary People, the film is finely tuned and timed perfectly with a verve unlike many films made today. Milla Jovovich's beautiful rendering (her album Divine Comedy's "It's Your Life") during a mystical scene half-way through the movie is so enchanting as to make one believe in Synchronicity, fate, and true loves. ...at the end, the passionate Olivia Newton-John's song perfects the moment and endures the legacy of Randall Kleiser's efforts to bring a cinematic treat to audiences drenched in tawdry sex, mindless violence, and myopic screenplays. It makes you cry, it makes you laugh, and it makes you realize that we all have to need each other and should love peace and tranquility above all else, and just be there for each other and respect each other as they are. What a place the world would be if we really followed the Golden Rule and tried only to regulate our lives rather than everyone else's.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful movie August 18, 2001
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I really can't see this twice because its just so sad. There were too many people in this movie, but the main characters truly were terrific in their roles. Eric Roberts is Nick Stark, an artist/architect and a proud gay man. He has been living with his lover(Gregory Harrison) Brandon for several years and they have been together for 8 years.Brandon is a tv/movie director and the two are the opposites of each other. When Nick finds out that he has been tested positive Brandon promises that he won't leave his side yet he is afraid of Nick now. Nick gets hurt when Brandon starts to pull away and finally they break up and Nick is hurt, whilst Brandon moves on with Zack..a young man. 1 year later Nick gets tested positive for PLM or...something meaning he has only a few days before his brain stops functioning properly so therefore he decides to end his life, but before doing so he wants to hold a party for his friends and family. This was truly a sad film to watch and it really sticks to your mind after youve seen it. I'm still thinking about it and I can't get over the fact that my favourite actor Gregory Harrison actually kissed another man...but they were both wonderful in this movie, but I didn't understand the way Nick was so calm about dying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama With Some Funny Spots
It's My Party is a very touching film about a man dying with AIDS. Eric Robets stars as the man who decides to end his lfe before a final grim end. But first he has a big party. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone should watch this
I had this movie on VHS cassette and it finally broke I had played it so often. This is not so much a "gay" movie as one to contemplate end-of-life choices. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Segelkatt
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The movie is very touching, very real and it teaches about life and relationships. I am a Substance Abuse Counselor and I recommend this video to my counselees. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carlos Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see!
Great movie and cast. Make sure you have a box of tissues. It's a real tear jerker! Kind if slow in a part or two, but some funny jokes and a lot of emotion.
Published 3 months ago by charles berka
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful movie from the past!
DVD arrived quickly. Very pleased with the movie. A couple faced with HIV impacting their relationship, friendships and one man's decision on how to face his fate. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DANN KEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done.
This is a movie I turn to when I want to get emotional. Great cast that reminds you not to forget celebrating life itself.
Published 7 months ago by Andrew F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie and cast of charcters.
This movie will make you cry. I loved it when I first saw it when it came out at the movies. I highly recommend.
Published 8 months ago by Harry Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Tearjerker
Tearjerker from front to end...a must see for all...great acting and very good storyline...Need more movies like this to view
Published 11 months ago by Movieboy2013
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is heart warming
If you have never seen this movie. I would recommend that you take time and watch it.
It is heart warming and shows that LOVE IS LOVE..... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars It's my party
Beautiful movie. It's about human relationships love and anger. One of the best movies I've ever seen. It's a must have for any collection!
Published 17 months ago by alison c clour
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