Bil Browning

TBP contest: Boys in the Band DVDs

Filed By Bil Browning | November 12, 2008 8:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Boys in the Band, giveaways, Mart Crowley, William Friedkin

Today we're giving away 5 copies of Mart Crowley's gay classic Boys in the Band courtesy of Paramount Pictures. To win, just leave a comment on this post. Five winners will be drawn at random, but you cannot enter more than once. Contest closes at 8:29am on November 13, 2008. Good luck!

BoysInTheBandCover.jpgCelebrate the 40th Anniversary from Academy Award® Winning director William Friedkin


On DVD from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment November 11
Mart Crowley's Critically-Acclaimed Drama with all-new bonus features

Extraordinary. Groundbreaking. Controversial.

Some of you have asked how we get so much stuff to giveaway to Projectors. The answer is simple. Publicists regularly write asking for us to review or help publicize the product they're pitching. We accept promotional items and pass them on to readers. If you're a publicist who'd like to offer a prize package, just contact us.

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I remember picketing the film when it first came out in Bloomington -- it was such a negative view of gay life! The homosexual playwright has since come to agree. Yes, the film was horribly accurate in its depiction of some aspects of the 1960's gay scene - it was made just as that peculiar cloistered party life was declining.

Count me in! I asked yesterday whether my local vid store was getting any copies of this; as I figured they won't be carrying it.

My favorite line from BITB goes something like this:

Alan, Michael's married (and presumably straight) college friend who has crashed the party unexpectedly, has just yelled, "Pansy! Fairy! Faggot! Freak! Freak! Freak!" at Emory, who gave a smart-ass response that got him punched in the mouth. Several guys have helped Emory put ice on his swollen and bleeding lip, while Alan has retreated upstairs ...

Emory: How's it look?

Donald: It's turning blue!

Emory: Blue! Let me see it! Does it look any better?

Michael: You look like you've been rimming a snowman!

[Apologies to Mart Crowley for the paraphrasing ...]

Did you read the NY Times Op-Ed by Dan Savage, "Anti-Gay, Anti-Family? It's in today's paper. Here's the link:

OPINION | November 12, 2008
Op-Ed Contributor: Anti-Gay, Anti-Family
The potential implications of a proposed Arkansas law that bans people who are "cohabitating outside a valid marriage" from serving as foster parents or adopting children are terrifying.

How much longer will DVDs be around?

The giveaways are cool Bil. Thanks. Also very much enjoyed the live blogging (chat) on election night. Would be cool to have more opportunities like that to interact with Projectors.

Thanks for the great give away.

I saw the play off-Broadway when I was 17. While some found(find) the play depressing, for me it showed that we may be homosexual, but we were far from homogenous.

I gather there is no point in waiting for Blockbuster to carry this then?


Love that film! Thankfully it's finally coming out in DVD.

In the arc of portraying gay people in film, this one is a landmark. And my vote for favorite line is, well I can't vote for just one. There are just too many.

And remember, the sweater on the floor in the middle of Michael's bedroom is vicuna.

Rodney Hoffman | November 12, 2008 2:02 PM

It was a different time. I was in college in Texas. My roommate and I went together to see the movie. We dispassionately discussed it as though it didn't touch us directly. Years later, we would come out to one another. Silly closet cases!

hi, i received the pink cd and will do a review for my site and maybe even about your site. count me in on the boys dvd too. hope to talk soon. [email protected] -JF

I love this film!
at the time in my life when I first watched it, it was my friends and I. Luckily things have shifted a bit (even in this backwater town I live in), but I'm glad that it's coming out on dvd.

Its about time this came out on dvd!

I've been wanting to see this again. Would be cool...

Ervin Gainer | November 12, 2008 7:34 PM

THANKS FOR ALLOWING ME THE CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF THESE DVDS!!! I know some people don't like how gays are portrayed in this movie, but I think that people should think of the time period it was made and came out in. This movie is A GREAT FILM!!!! I hope I get to win one of them!!! PLEASSSE!! I've been waiting for this movie to come out on DVD for a LOONNNG TIME!

This movie looks great! I learned about it in this class I took called Queer Identities. Part of the curriculum was learning about the history of the gay rights movement as well as how the media was involved. I learned this was the first movie to depict homosexuality in a positive aspect, or maybe second after Cabaret. Is this a remake or the original? :)


rob williams' "3 day weekend" is an interesting modern update

I haven't seen this movie, but I'm looking forward to it! Thanks!

Another contest, another attempt.

I'd like a copy. :)

There may be no point waiting for Blockbuster or Wal-Mart to carry it, but Netflix, Amazon, and all the new video-on-demand services should do it. As someone up there points out, DVDs are going the way of VHS. No sense not enjoying 'em while we still have the players around, though!

Matthew Armstead | November 12, 2008 10:45 PM

I saw pieces of this film in a lecture by David Roman from UC Davis in 2007. It's wonderful to see if coming out on DVD.

This was a breakthrough play and movie, and thus of historical importance and interest. Although some gays protested its depressing and stereotypic depictions, I'd be willing to bet that at the time, a good many younger gays were thrilled to see ANY depiction of self-acknowledging gays as lead characters, even if less than flattering. Don Button (comment above) is just one such viewer.

I remember the HUGE response of black women and feminists and lesbians of all races to Shange's play "For Colored Girls...". I got the impression that the women in the audience were seeing themselves (as black women) represented on stage as subjects and not objects.

Thrilled at the chance to win a copy of this. I saw it at a revival theater years ago and not since.

Mike Janarch | November 13, 2008 2:03 AM

First saw this movie in... 1971? In small town in Minnesota. Great movie. Yes, I'd love a copy.

Might as well get in on this one. But I just know I'll feel guilty if I win ...

Robert Lewis | November 13, 2008 6:56 AM

This was such a great film. Love to win a copy. Thanks!

I made it with 17 minutes to go!!! :)

Robert Prather | November 13, 2008 4:31 PM

I have to admit... I've never seen this movie!