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Longtime Companion (1990)




Critic Consensus: Longtime Companion is a sensitive ensemble AIDS drama, lensed with sympathy which builds to a moving finale.

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One of the first films to offer a thoughtful treatment of the AIDS epidemic and its effects on the gay community, Longtime Companion was directed by Norman Rene, who would die of AIDS himself in 1996. The ensemble drama is told through a series of vignettes that begins with the first New York Times report on the mysterious "cancer" that had resulted in the deaths of a growing number of homosexual men and ends eight years later, after the disease has thoroughly and devastatingly affected the movie's close-knit core group of characters.

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Tanya Berezin
as Office Manager
Welker White
as Pochelle
Joyce Reehling
as Office Worker
Marceline Hugot
as Soap Opera Reader
Margo Skinner
as Casting Director
Philip Moon
as Restaurant Bartender
Hazel Medina
as Triage Nurse
Annie Golden
as Herion Addict
Freda Foh Shen
as Nurse with Addict
Kelly Connell
as Man with Soap Script
Tony Shalhoub
as Paul's Doctor
David Drake
as GMHC Volunteer
Dan Butler
as Walter
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Critic Reviews for Longtime Companion

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

Longtime Companion is about friendship and loyalty about finding the courage to be helpful and the humility to be helped.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It was the first major film to deal with the AIDS epidemic and remains a forceful and passionate look at a group of friends supporting each other as they battle the virus.

December 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Longtime Companion confronts [our] pain and gives us hope by showing us how strong we are as individuals and as a group.

October 4, 2021 | Full Review…

The film unfortunately tells its stories too well, ghettoizing them to a narrative that remains oblivious to its own historical groundwork.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Typically, we enter a scene a moment too early and leave it a moment too late, while the camera lingers over-long on faces expressing the obvious emotion.

April 9, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the better hetero-friendly movies about gays.

April 9, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Longtime Companion

Its surprising. It was made before Philadelphia, focuses on characters that are almost entirely gay men, it covers the entirety of the 1980s, offers a very honest portrait of the AIDS crisis, is a better movie, but Philadelphia is heralded as the definitive film about this subject. This film may move a little too fast but it isn't cheesy or award hungry like Philadelphia. It has a great cast and its well made. Deserves way more attention than it gets.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


touching and groundbreaking film, great ensemble acting. you feel these people could be friends. early showcase for mary louise parker and campbell scott.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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