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Parting Glances (1986)

John Bolger , Richard Ganoung , Bill Sherwood  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Bolger, Richard Ganoung, Steve Buscemi, Adam Nathan, Kathy Kinney
  • Directors: Bill Sherwood
  • Writers: Bill Sherwood
  • Producers: Arthur Silverman, Nancy Greenstein, Paul L. Kaplan, Victoria Westhead, Yoram Mandel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305779619
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Parting Glances" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Heroic, funny and romantic, Parting Glances is a triumph for everyone who has ever been in love - straight or gay. The story revolves around two men, Michael and Robert, who have been lovers for years. Robert is being transferred out of the country for two years, leaving Michael behind. Their best friend Nick, who is also Michael's former lover, is dying of AIDS. So begins a surprisingly funny, wonderfully acted love story set in the gay scene of Manhattan.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Imperfect & Heartfelt May 23, 2000
By mackjay
Format:VHS Tape
In the years since it was first released, "Parting Glances" has acquired a loyal following. Few movies dealing in a gay social context are as appealing, unpretentious, or--best of all--as emotionally genuine.
Bill Sherwood's little film doesn't feature any big-name glamorous stars. The most recognizable names are Steve Buscemi (in fact, the spine of the DVD package reads "Steve Buscemi in Parting Glances") and Kathy Kinney, who has become known to millions for her hilarious character on "The Drew Carey Show." Kinney and especially Buscemi are excellent here. But so are most of the other actors. One thing that makes the film work so well is its use of performers who are not all movie-star beautiful. John Bolger plays a character who is supposed to be handsome, and he certainly fits the bill, as does Adam Nathan. But this movie is not just another excuse to display beautiful people. It has at its core an honesty that draws in the viewer and makes him/her feel like part of the proceedings. There is plenty of gentle humor and a few big laughs. There is also one deeply moving scene the sticks in the mind afterward like a revelation about the connection between people. Sherwood was a musician and there are many interesting and creative selections to be heard in the soundtrack. A couple of New York locations are used to good effect as well.
As far as the DVD issue is concerned. There aren't any real complaints. Picture and sound are as good as can be expected of a low-budget, independent film. "Extras" include text-only information about the making of the film. An interview with Buscemi, Kinney or any others would have been good. An irresistably charming and heartfelt film
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to cherish October 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"Parting Glances" was introduced to me by a filmmaker friend. I agree it's the best gay film ever made, the best AIDs film ever made, and tremendously touching at many levels. Whenever I watch it I think of my own life when I first saw it. Since that time I've lost my lover, his Dad, my Dad, my Mom, my best friend and virtually everyone who comprised my family. I, who never dreamt I'd be alone and never wanted to be alone, have known a lot of parting glances. Don't know where the filmmaker friend is now, but he parted too (I hope, at least, he's still making films). It's the same story so many people can tell. At least I/we have the movie.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Probably the best gay theme movie I've ever seen, if not one of the best movies I've ever seen. It feels like the companion piece to Andrew Holleran's novel, "Dancer From The Dance"... a must read. The characters are realistic, the situation is simultaneously realistic and poetic, giving the film its combination of poignancy and euphoric rush. To the straight viewer, if you want an insight into the gay mind space, and the sadness of AIDS, whilst affirming life, this is the movie. SEE IT!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A LOW BUDGET MARVEL! January 12, 2006
By Bailey
Format:VHS Tape
Parting Glances is a bit of life forever immortalized on film. It is truly endearing and real. It's mid eighties NYC, gay young America and early AIDS all rolled into a witty, intelligent film about real characters with umph. Parting Glances is special little film that sticks with you forever. Richard Ganoung, who has rarely been seen since is a gem, as is a young Steve Buscemi. This is what it is like to be gay! Most gay themed films can't even come close to this genuine, low budget gem.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD the bottom of the ocean? A: A good start.
I gave this movie four stars partly because I think five stars should be saved for really amazing, original, breathtaking movies -- something like Heathers or Being John Malkovich. There are, in my opinion, weaknesses in the script and production (the Fire Island prank at the end needs work, for instance), which hurt the movie as a whole.
But that doesn't mean I don't love Parting Glances, it's still one of my favorite movies, and holds up very well under re-watching. I suspect that most people who feel about a movie the way I feel about this one would rate it 5 stars, so take it that way if you wish.
I don't see this film as being about a breakup, but it's ambiguous enough that it could be, so I won't quibble. But I must disagree with folks who say how nice it would be if Sherwood had only lived long enough to make another movie. He had the time, but couldn't raise the money. I remember reading an interview with him somewhere, in which he told of getting calls from closeted Hollywood personnel who admired the film and were willing to throw him some closeted work - which he wasn't willing to do. If he didn't make another movie, it's as much because of the cowardice of the movie business (hence the joke I borrow from Demme's cowardly Philadelphia) as because of Sherwood's untimely death.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never to Part with this Treasure February 14, 2001
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On a whim, I purcahsed this DVD without knowing much about it other than reading some of the reviews on Amazon, and the fact that Richard Ganoung was one of its stars. After receiving my DVD last Friday, I've watched the movie four times already. If that doesn't say alot...
What amazes me about this film is its honesty and realness. Bill Sherwood set out in '86 to create a film to accomplish exactly that. It covers a wide variety of topics, from relationship dynamics, to AIDS, to friendship, in such a way that every moment of this film seems real. The film doesn't seem dated, but timeless. The performances of Richard Ganoung, and Steve Buscemi, are real and frought with undercurrents of love and emotion.
If you are a DVD collector, please consider adding this treasure to your collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Own the VHS
of this picture and since my vhs/dvd player went up, had no way to watch it nowadays. Just saw it again after about 10 years and liked it just as much. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JMRichardson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising Gem Well Ahead of It's Time in 1986
This film really blew me away - not because it was an over-the-top high-budget Hollywood blockbuster set to win an Oscar, but instead, because it a poignant comedy-drama on the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is a genuinely touching, honest, and dramedy about human relationhips of all types. I've seen it three times in the past 26 years, and each time I derive more insight into and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by ArtDC
4.0 out of 5 stars The Movie.
The movie is ok, perhaps I expected something different. It's one that only needs a single view. I do not reccomend.
Published 17 months ago by James MCcormick
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie
Nick is out as Robert in when Michael suggested be safety rather than sorry at the dawn of HIV history recorded officially. Read more
Published on November 1, 2011 by Michael Kerjman
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative, Compassionate Film - Holds Up Well.
I remember seeing this film when it was released in the 1980's and I enjoyed it and then sort of forgot about it as higher profile films such as "Longtime Companion,"... Read more
Published on August 3, 2010 by Gregg Hillier
5.0 out of 5 stars They Were the Best of Times... They Were the Worst of Times"
This 1986 film is spot-on in every area it touches and it touches many important ones. Not a frivolous film, although presented in an easy-to-watch format that allows the... Read more
Published on January 28, 2010 by Kenneth A. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie of the 80's
This little movie is probably still my favorite of all time. As a gay man coming out during the 80's, I remember watching this late one night on Cinemax and amazed at how uplifting... Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by Ken Atkins
4.0 out of 5 stars an original favorite
I saw this back in the eighties and instantly thought it was great. At the time I was finally a good gay film with an actual story instead of some low budget film festival... Read more
Published on March 4, 2008 by B.A. Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
Fortunately I saw this film only after I had seen Long Time Companion. I say "fortunately" since at the time I felt, and still do, that Long Time Companion sort of white washed the... Read more
Published on August 24, 2007 by dlmorrow
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