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Parting Glances (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 19 February 1986 (USA)
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As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert's true motives for leaving while dealing ... See full summary »

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Bill Sherwood

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Bill Sherwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Ganoung Richard Ganoung ... Michael
John Bolger ... Robert
Steve Buscemi ... Nick
Adam Nathan Adam Nathan ... Peter
Kathy Kinney ... Joan
Patrick Tull ... Cecil
Yolande Bavan Yolande Bavan ... Betty
Andre Morgan Andre Morgan ... Terry
Richard Wall Richard Wall ... Douglas
Jim Selfe Jim Selfe ... Douglas's Sidekick
Kristin Moneagle Kristin Moneagle ... Sarah
John Siemens John Siemens ... Dave
Bob Koherr ... Sam (as Bob Kohrherr)
Theodore Ganger Theodore Ganger ... Klaus
Nada Nada ... Liselotte
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Storyline

As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert's true motives for leaving while dealing with their circle of eccentric friends, including Nick, who is living with AIDS. Written by Travis Spence <00tdspence@bsuvc.bsu.edu>

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | German | Polish

Release Date:

19 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abschiedsblicke See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,232, 23 February 1986

Gross USA:

$537,681
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rondo Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of John Bolger. See more »

Quotes

Michael: You ever had an affair?
Betty: Michael! Have you?
Michael: No yet.
Betty: Gay men in this town have become very proper.
Michael: Yes, terribly Victorian.
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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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Friendship is a Haven
6 June 1999 | by CBW-2See all my reviews

I think that Parting Glances is a brilliant film. One thing I can add to the other comments on this film is to say that I think Parting Glances resonates so strongly with everyone because it is primarily a film about relationships, particularly friendship. The characters just happen to be gay, even though it spares no details about their lives. This approach actually gives more integrity and advocacy to the characters' lives. I can't tell you how refreshing this elevation of tone was to me. Nick and Michael admit that their short affair quickly turned to friendship. If you have ever had a real friend, someone you see and understand and who sees and understands you, you will relate to Nick and Michael, no matter what your sexual orientation. Plus, the texture of the film is so rich -- with scenes funny, touching, sad, biting and complex.

I agree with the user comment made by Helena that Bill Sherwood is a great director. I too was very saddened by his early death.


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