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Duration  
Running time  1h 25m
Language  English
5.7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Initial release  February 14, 1997 (USA)
Country  United Kingdom
Boyfriends (film) movie poster
Director  Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter
Writer  Neil Hunter, Tom Hunsinger
Directors  Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter
Cast  James Dreyfus (Paul), Mark Sands (Ben), Andrew Ableson (Owen), Michael Urwin (Matt), David Coffey (Will), Darren Petrucci (Adam)
Screenplay  Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter
Producers  Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter
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Boyfriends is a 1996 British independent film. Three gay couples, all of whom are suffering relationship problems, spend a weekend at the seaside and learn how to deal with their issues from each other. The film was written and directed by Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter. The film was James Dreyfus' last role as an unknown before taking the part of Constable Goody in The Thin Blue Line. The film also starred Mark Sands, Michael Urwin, Andrew Ableson, David Coffey, Darren Petrucci and Michael McGrath.

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Plot

Paul, Matt and Will, three best friends decide to go on holiday together. Paul (James Dreyfus) brings his lover Ben, but their five-year relationship is unstable owing to Paul's continued moodiness over the death of his brother Mark; Matt brings Owen, with whom he wants a lifelong relationship but whose boisterous personality doesn't suit him; and Will brings Adam, a 20-year-old one-night stand. Mark's lover also comes along for some sense of closure.

Cast

Only the seven main characters and Mark appear throughout the entire film.

  • James Dreyfus as Paul
  • Mark Sands as Ben
  • Michael Urwin as Matt
  • Andrew Ableson as Owen
  • David Coffey as Will
  • Darren Petrucci as Adam
  • Michael McGrath as James
  • Russell Higgs as Mark
  • Soundtrack

    The film's closing music is Dinah Washington's I wish I knew the name (of the boy in my dreams) .

    Critical reception

    Boyfriends won the 1996 Best Featured Film Award at the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. General critical reviews were mixed, with one describing the film as "a biting, shrewd and scathingly funny dissection of gay relationships". Another critic, however, wrote "Boyfriends suffers from too many soap-opera-like subplots that seem set up to create tension".

    References

    Boyfriends (film) Wikipedia
    Boyfriends (film) IMDbBoyfriends (film) themoviedb.org


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