MOVIE REVIEW: BUDDIES

By: Gay.com
1.2.2009

Buddies Buddies, the first American film to dramatize the AIDS crisis, is an intensely personal story of a 32-year-old Californian dying of AIDS in a Manhattan Hospital and the 25-year-old New Yorker who starts as his volunteer counselor and becomes his greatest friend.

Writer/director Arthur Bressan Jr. includes factual information about AIDS, but more importantly shows that love and caring is also a major part of this tragedy. "I made this movie," Bressan says, " because I had to make it. This one came from my heart . . . It is a very small movie about the landscape of the heart and caves within us."

Robert, the patient, and David, his "buddy," resist one another at first, but, as time goes by and their hospital visits become more personal, the men share thoughts and experiences that touch them both.

Since Frameline presented the world premiere in 1984, Buddies has played to audiences around the world and received critical acclaim--both for the fine performances of Geoff Edhold and David Schacter, and the no-nonsense, gut-wrenching emotion of the film.

(1985, USA)
Director: Bressan, Arthur
Producer: Bressan, Arthur J., Jr.

Buddies Buddies, the first American film to dramatize the AIDS crisis, is an intensely personal story of a 32-year-old Californian dying of AIDS in a Manhattan Hospital and the 25-year-old New Yorker who starts as his volunteer counselor and becomes his greatest friend.

Writer/director Arthur Bressan Jr. includes factual information about AIDS, but more importantly shows that love and caring is also a major part of this tragedy. "I made this movie," Bressan says, " because I had to make it. This one came from my heart . . . It is a very small movie about the landscape of the heart and caves within us."

Robert, the patient, and David, his "buddy," resist one another at first, but, as time goes by and their hospital visits become more personal, the men share thoughts and experiences that touch them both.

Since Frameline presented the world premiere in 1984, Buddies has played to audiences around the world and received critical acclaim--both for the fine performances of Geoff Edhold and David Schacter, and the no-nonsense, gut-wrenching emotion of the film.

(1985, USA)
Director: Bressan, Arthur
Producer: Bressan, Arthur J., Jr.

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