Thursday, August 15, 2013

Love! Valour! Compassion!

1997 American Feature

Cast: Jason Alexander, Stephen Spinella, Stephen Bogardus, Randy Becker, John Benjamin Hickey, Justin Kirk and John Glover
Director: Joe Mantello
Writer: Terrence McNally, based on his play

Eight gay Manhattanites spend the holiday weekends of one summer together at a picturesque lakeside country getaway in upstate New York to reminiscence about life, share stories, reveal fears about commitment and discuss the omnipresent specter of AIDS.



  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! premiered Off-Broadway in 1994, followed by its Broadway debut the following year.  It was nominated for five Tony Awards, and won two: for Best Play and Featured Actor (John Glover).
  • Original Off-Broadway cast members Randy Becker, Stephen Bogardus, John Glover, John Benjamin Hickey, Justin Kirk and Stephen Spinella all reprised their roles for the film version. All but Spinella were also in the original Broadway cast.
  • To date the only theatrical film directed by Joe Mantello, who directed the original New York productions.

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