An American Playhouse production, LONGTIME COMPANION is one of the few mainstream feature films to deal directly and seriously with the subject of AIDS and its specific impact on the gay community. As such, its intentions and message are largely unimpeachable. Artistically, however, it
leaves something to be desired.
The film opens on July 3, 1981, the day the New York Times first reported of the existence of a "cancer" that was killing off a number of homosexual men. The news is shared in Manhattan and Fire Island by a group of six men and a woman, all linked to each other in various ways. It ends eight years
later, with the devastating prophecy of the ...