Parting Glances (1986)

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By Scott Ross

Far and away the finest movie of its time, and for some time after that, about gay life in America. Sadly, this is the single work of the enormously gifted Bill Sherwood, who died from AIDS-related complications before he could make another. That’s a loss of almost incalculable magnitude, because Parting Glances is so rich, sexy, humane and witty it makes almost every other attempt at a gay story by mainstream moviemakers, even unto now, look like impotent, nervous, apologetic flailing.

Starring Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, Kathy Kinney, Patrick Tull, the adorable Adam Nathan as a prototypical ’80s twinkie infatuated with Ganoung’s Michael, and featuring a breakout performance by an surprisingly sexy Steve Buscemi.

Text copyright 2013 by Scott Ross

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