Love! Valour! Compassion! (film)
|Love! Valour! Compassion!|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joe Mantello|
|Produced by||Doug Chapin|
|Screenplay by||Terrence McNally|
|Based on||Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally|
|Music by||Harold Wheeler|
|Edited by||Colleen Sharp|
|Distributed by||Fine Line Features|
|January 25, 1997|
|Box office||$2.9 million|
Love! Valour! Compassion! is a 1997 film directed by Joe Mantello and written by Terrence McNally, adapted from McNally's play of the same name. It revolves around eight gay men who gather for three summer weekends at a lakeside house in Dutchess County, New York, where they relax, reflect, and plan for survival in an era plagued by AIDS.
As with many screen adaptations of stage plays, the script underwent numerous changes, eliminating almost all direct addresses to the audience and the conclusion of one of the subplots. This remains the only theatrical film directed by Mantello, who was nominated for the Grand Special Prize at the Deauville Film Festival.
The story of eight gay male friends who spend the three major holiday weekends of one summer (Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day) together at a lakeside house in Dutchess County, New York. The house belongs to Gregory, a successful Broadway choreographer now approaching middle age, who fears he is losing his creativity, and his twenty-something lover Bobby, a legal assistant who is blind. Each of the guests at their house is connected to Gregory's work in one way or another. Arthur and his longtime partner Perry are business consultants; John Jeckyll, a sour and promiscuous Englishman, is a dance accompanist; and die-hard musical theater fanatic Buzz Hauser is a costume designer and the most stereotypically gay man in the group. Only John's summer lover Ramon and twin brother James are outside the circle of friends. Ramon is outgoing and eventually makes a place for himself in the group, while James is such a gentle soul that he is quickly welcomed. Infidelity, flirting, AIDS, skinny-dipping, truth-telling, and soul-searching mix questions about life and death with a dress rehearsal for Swan Lake performed in drag.
Opening Night Cast
|1997 Film Cast|
|Gregory Mitchell||Stephen Bogardus|
|John & James Jeckyll||John Glover|
|Perry Sellars||Anthony Heald||Stephen Spinella|
|Buzz Hauser||Nathan Lane||Jason Alexander|
|Ramon Fornos||Randy Becker|
|Arthur Pape||John Benjamin Hickey|
|Bobby Brahms||Justin Kirk|
- McNally, Terrence (1995). Love! Valor! Compassion!. New York: Dramatists Play Service. pp. 104 pp. ISBN 0-8222-1467-9.