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Genres: Drama , Romance
Actors: Campbell Scott , Patrick Cassidy , John Dossett , Mary-Louise Parker , Stephen Caffrey , Tanya Berezin , Welker White , Michael Piontek , Joyce Reehling , Bruce Davison , Mark Lamos , Dermot Mulroney , Michael Schoeffling , Brian Cousins , Marceline Hugot
Director: Norman René
Country: United States
Year: 1989
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 (3194 votes)

Perhaps the first film to put a human face on the AIDS epidemic, Longtime Companion follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as “Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder,” we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates the lives of our protagonists. Jumping between Manhattan and Fire Island, vignettes carry us from the it-couldn’t-happen-to-me mentality of the early days of the disease to the invasive effect it has had on all of our lives, today. The title of the film comes from the New York Times’ refusal to acknowledge homosexual relationships in their obituary section during this period. Instead, survivors were referred to as “Longtime Companions” of the deceased.

Film Review

Following in the footsteps of AN EARLY FROST, here is yet another film with an AIDS theme to reckon with. Unlike FORST [which actually dealt with a gay couple and their parents] this deals with the gay community and several lover relationships. What I like about this film, and I did like FROST, was the honesty in telling the story of relationships. We are introduced to a group of gay friends and their mates, who spend much time together in vacationing on Fire Island, the gay resort, and in the hospital visitng each other when stricken with the unknown disease that has become a plague amongst us today. The actors brought their own individual depth to each character. I couldn’t find a bad performance in the lot. Notably Bruce Davison stands out. He brings such an understanding and compassion to his work. You really believe him as he becomes his partner’s companion in the last days of his life. The scene when he tells him it’s okay to leave, was awesome. How can you separate th…

The title is the newspaper obituary euphemism for a gay lover, and yet another discreet but frustrating reminder of how mainstream heterosexual society avoids confronting the AIDS epidemic. In an effort perhaps to offset public ignorance, Norman René's film of the same name almost resembles an AIDS awareness primer, dramatizing the deadly progress of the disease through the gay community since the summer of 1981, when 'safe sex' merely meant anything goes, but don't get caught. Like other American Playhouse productions the film is simple, unpretentious, and no less rewarding for being so straightforward. René and writer Craig Lucas have wisely resisted the temptation to make a 'Love Story'-style terminal illness melodrama, concentrating instead on the bittersweet pain and bravery of awkward hospital visitations and quiet deathbed encounters. Only the forced optimism of the final daydream rings false, unavoidably since the epidemic itself (still)…

I just viewed this film on The Sundance Channel and I feel I have to comment on it. I also did something I never do before making a comment about a film, but I read other comments first. Then I knew I had to add my two cents.I barely paid attention to the film when it came out, I am a big fan of Bruce Davidson and his work is just wonderful and grows even better with every year’s performance. What I do remember back in 1990 was that Bruce was on a talk show regarding another film and he had mentioned that he had just finished filming Longtime Companion when he got word that an actor friend of his died of AIDS. Bruce was in tears. So was I because I knew the man he was speaking of and I had no idea he had AIDS or passed either. Imagine this film, and the news of his friend. Sad.I didn’t understand what this film Longtime Companion was about, until today when I happened to stumble across it. As a heterosexual female, I have seen alot of films and I noticed many posters referred to this…

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