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Before Prop 8, "Will & Grace," AIDS, gay pride or Stonewall, "The Boys in the Band" changed everything. Crayton Robey's Making the Boys explores the 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 endures to this day. Featuring interviews with its author Mart Crowley, surviving cast members, and a who's who from stage and screen, this enjoyable documentary captures the behind-the-scenes drama and lasting legacy of this cultural milestone.
Featuring Edward Albee, Mart Crowley, Dominick Dunne, William Friedkin, Carson Kressley, Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Robert Wagner and more.
A fascinating slice of contemporary history. Entertaining and enlightening. --Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post
Impassioned, absorbing, illuminating and engrossing. Essential viewing! --David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
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In the cyclical nature of entertainment, however, the historical significance of the play and movie are certainly hard to deny. And Robey's documentary is a thoroughly enjoyable and genuinely moving tribute to the legacy of Crowley's vision. Part Crowley biography, part history lesson, and part behind-the-scenes expose--the film does a fantastic job of placing the work into the context of the age in which it was produced. Crowley is, obviously, a main source but the documentary is filled with notable commentators. People directly involved with Crowley or "Boys" include candid interviews with Robert Wagner, director William Friedkin, producer Dominick Dunne, playwright Edward Albee (who amusingly still loathes Boys) and actors Laurence Luckinbill and Peter White.Read more ›
Now there is a documentary, produced and directed by Crayton Robey, called "Making The Boys - The Story Behind The Boys in the Band" which chronicles the complete history of the play and film and their impact on modern gay literature and the gay movement.
Mart Crowley, the playwright, began his career with no money, but many important connections. Frequently a guest at Roddy McDowell's star-studded Malibu beach-house parties, Mr. Crowley rubbed elbows with everyone who was anyone in mid-1960's Hollywood circles. Old color home-movies of these parties reveal the presence of such luminaries as Rock Hudson, Sal Mineo, Julie Andrews, Jane Fonda, Lauren Bacall, Tuesday Weld, Judy Garland and Natalie Wood. As it happened, Crowley became very close friends with Natalie Wood and then wrote a play for her about identical twin sisters, one of which is a lesbian. Natalie was game but no one would produce it. Later, also through Natalie Wood, he managed to get a job as screenwriter for the pilot episode of a TV series starring Bette Davis, which was not picked up. Crowley soon found himself washed up, broke and trying to break into the New York theatre.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was surprise of d at how interesting this documentary is. I used to chat with Cliff Gorman at the gym, around the time his fellow cast members were dying of AIDS, so I had a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. K. Byham
Vital, moving, and compelling history as told by those who were there. Even though I am a GLBT history buff, I learned things about Mart Crowley that I never knew. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JP
One of the most insightful film and stage documentaries. Really is fitting tribute to the creative team of TBITB.Published 6 months ago by Eric T McDonough
I read numerous reviews before I purchased it, but I am a great fan of boys in the band and wanted this with the hopes of learning more about "the boys. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ClarityOfMind
Good- used for documentary on '60,s culture. Great home movie footage w/ Natalie Wood etc etc.Published 11 months ago by HonestAnt
This is a brilliant,if sad, making of documentary of one of the best gay films of the era..IT was based on the stage show which was brilliant. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Peter M