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Longtime Companion

The Cast of Longtime Companion (1989)

This classic film begins at the dawn of the AIDS epidemic and borrows its title from the common euphemism used in those days in an obituary for a gay man's lover. It spans several years in the lives of three white gay couples as each is ravaged in its own way by AIDS. Despite being branded as an overly sentimental film that conspicuously lacks safer sex information, its depiction of care-giving, mutual support and LGBT activism was groundbreaking. The film features impressive early-career performances by Dermot Mulroney, Campbell Scott and Mary-Louise Parker. Bruce Davison scored an Oscar nod for his tender, gorgeous performance as a man caring for his dying partner.

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