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      Longtime Companion

      R Released May 11, 1990 1h 36m Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 83% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings During the 1980s, a group of gay men and their straight female friend confront the spread of AIDS. Personal trainer Willy (Campbell Scott) watches the epidemic grow, advocating for awareness. Willy's friend John (Dermot Mulroney) is the first to be infected, but soon it becomes clear that a pandemic is underway in the gay community. Willy, boyfriend Fuzzy (Stephen Caffrey) and his adopted sister, Lisa (Mary-Louise Parker), look on as their friends and loved ones succumb to the disease. Read More Read Less
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      Longtime Companion is a sensitive ensemble AIDS drama, lensed with sympathy which builds to a moving finale.

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      Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: B+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 4/5 Oct 3, 2002 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Longtime Companion is about friendship and loyalty about finding the courage to be helpful and the humility to be helped. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Terry Francis Southern Voice (Atlanta) It's an ambitious approach... but Rene and Lucas gamble that by dramatizing the effects of AIDS on singular characters rather than generic representations, they will humanize the disease in a way that statistics cannot. Their gamble pays off. Rated: 3/4 May 9, 2023 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) This film is heartbreaking, but replete with courage and macabre fun. [Full review in Spanish] Nov 16, 2022 Full Review Michael Bronski Gay Community News (Boston) Longtime Companion is shocking and moving in its forthright attempt to make us look at the lives that AIDS touches. Sep 19, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      PridePosterStudios Sweet, but there are stronger films about AIDS. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/26/24 Full Review andrea m A nice moving picture about the AIDS outbreak. Even though it's a bit all over the place (it took me time to tell who's who and people die without being told) it manages to make you feel the paranoia of the new disease spreading, and it's also heartbreaking in Bruce Davison's performance, a longtime companion truly believable and memorable. The soundtrack is another high note, quite iconic from the very beginning. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d Important and hard hitting film with a fantastic performance from Bruce Davison Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Eschewing the trappings of the daytime soaps the characters follow, this one of the earliest depiction of the the AIDS crisis is a beautiful moving story of friends mourning their immediate loss to the epidemic and blessing the strength they muster after each death. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member The best romance movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Longtime Companion is a timely cinematic achievement that sheds light on the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and the scores of gay men affected by it. Bruce Davison, Campbell Scott, and Dermot Mulroney give tender and endearing performances as three friends who traverse the new world filled with paranoia and guilt about the outcomes that surround them. The film is heavily whitewashed; which could lead one to believe that the AIDS crisis only impacted well-to-do white men, but with an ensemble as talented as this it manages to pull more emphatic viewing of a group of people who are often relegated to the backseat in storylines. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis During the 1980s, a group of gay men and their straight female friend confront the spread of AIDS. Personal trainer Willy (Campbell Scott) watches the epidemic grow, advocating for awareness. Willy's friend John (Dermot Mulroney) is the first to be infected, but soon it becomes clear that a pandemic is underway in the gay community. Willy, boyfriend Fuzzy (Stephen Caffrey) and his adopted sister, Lisa (Mary-Louise Parker), look on as their friends and loved ones succumb to the disease.
      Director
      Norman René
      Producer
      Stan Wlodkowski
      Distributor
      Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 11, 1990, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 23, 2001
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $4.6M
      Runtime
      1h 36m