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Longtime Companion

The first feature film to tell the story of how AIDS devastated and transformed the gay community, Longtime Companion is simply an excellent film, with a graceful, often humorous script and affecting performances.

With:
Bruce Davison Campbell Scott Stephen Caffrey Mark Lamos Patrick Cassidy Mary-Louise Parker

The first feature film to tell the story of how AIDS devastated and transformed the gay community, Longtime Companion is simply an excellent film, with a graceful, often humorous script and affecting performances.

Story begins during the carefree pre-AIDS party days on Fire Island, where Willy (Campbell Scott) and Fuzzy (Stephen Caffrey) meet and begin a relationship that brings together an extended circle of friends. It’s the same day a New York Times article announces a rare disease spreading among gay men. A year later, Willy’s best friend John (Dermont Mulroney) becomes violently ill and dies. It’s only the beginning. One by one, this community of actors, writers and lawyers is affected.

Among the most piercing events is the deterioration of a TV scripter, Sean (Mark Lamos), who is cared for by his lover, David (Bruce Davison), who owns the beach house where the friends always have gathered.

Strength of Craig Lucas’ script is the way it weaves emotional and informational material together.

1990: Nomination: Best Supp. Actor (Bruce Davison)

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Longtime Companion

Production: American Playhouse. Director Norman Rene; Producer Stan Wlodkowski; Screenplay Craig Lucas; Camera Tony Jannelli; Editor Katherine Wenning; Music Greg DeBelles; Art Director Andrew Jackness

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Bruce Davison Campbell Scott Stephen Caffrey Mark Lamos Patrick Cassidy Mary-Louise Parker

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