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House of Boys [DVD]

Layke Anderson , Stephen Fry    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Layke Anderson, Stephen Fry, Udo Kier, Steven Webb, Joanna Scanlan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00545L6W2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,363 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

It is 1984. Frank (Layke Anderson) is a determined teenager who runs away from high school to find an alternative lifestyle in Amsterdam. He finds a home and a job at the House of Boys, a bar-cum-brothel run by a strict Madame (Udo Kier) who has an eye for what his punters crave. Frank works his way up from barman to on-stage dancer and falls in love with some of his housemates. The first intimations of what is described as 'the gay cancer', casts a long shadow over Frank s tight-knit group of friends. Yet despite the troubles that cloud the hopes and dreams of young Frank, his perseverance, along with support from a willing doctor (Stephen Fry), will carry him through. House of Boys is a glamorous, colourful coming-of-age story that lifts the lid on an exciting world of sex and music, where deep passions suddenly turn into a struggle for courage.

Featuring music from

  • Spandau Ballet
  • Soft Cell
  • Dangerous Muse
  • Jimmy Somerville
  • Roy Orbison
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, touching, sad 10 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
The film covers the full range. It has the coming out story; it has the over-sexed drugged up tear-away; it has the tender love story; it has the abused child story; it has the heartless old queen manipulating young boys; and it has a heart-wrenching story of AIDS. The story is beautifully written and the acting is superb. The participation the iconic star Stephen Fry only strengthens the fact that this is not just a film, but it is something which is there to make you think. Music by Spandau Ballet, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Sommerville and others is beautifully integrated into the story. This is a must see.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Fairy Tale" 9 April 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Set in the heady days of the eighties, before the onset of AIDS, this is a tale about Frank (Layke Anderson) who runs away from home with two of his friends; they head off to Amsterdam where he is abandoned by them. He then stumbles on `The House of Boys', who are looking for dancers, so he applies. Madame gives him a job behind the bar instead as he has to work his way up and tells him he can room with top dancer Jake (Benn Northover). Benn has a girlfriend and is allegedly straight, but this does not stop young Frank from falling for him.

Jake also has a troubled past and we are allowed glimpses of that in flashback; he also does `private' work for his clients at the club. During one such session Jake collapses and has to be taken to hospital where it is discovered that he has a problem with his blood.

This is a film about love; it uses the setting of this cabaret, backroom club as the vehicle. It also tries to chart the screaming lack of concern and research that happened in the early days of the AIDS virus. It is even referred to as `the gay cancer' by one doctor. Stephen Fry puts in an appearance as the caring doc too.

This is not a sex fest although there is a smattering of bedroom and risqué dance routines, but for any seasoned clubber there is nothing here to make you spill your cocktail. It is also nice to see that groin grabbing whilst dancing was not invented by the hippity hoppity brigade as there is plenty of that going on here. The music is quite authentic, with Soft Cell, Spandau Ballet and a few other tunes from the era.

Most of the acting is creditable but some bit players that are more drama queen than award nomination material, which can be awkward at times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars left with a host of emotions 12 Feb 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I didn't know what to expect with this movie. We haven't had any viewings of this in the states that I am aware of. WOW. It took me back to the late 80's early 90's. I hope we never forget! Silence still equals Death. Bravo to everyone involved in this movie. We are so much more than AIDS stories. The history before we became sick. The abuse some of us experienced that played apart in the decisions we made. You captured that. The tears are still flowing. I hope this film gets a USA showing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars moving love story 7 Aug 2011
By cartoon
Format:DVD
Despite the title and cover this is more a love story than just another titilating coming of age story about the usual sex and drugs . Yes there are glamourous parts to this , homage to Cabaret, to Fame , to those Disney cartoon Snow White birds , but it is the discovery of " gay cancer" that is the real plot . Great music and top performances from Fry and Kier . I found some of the boys acting a little wooden at times and some of their accents annoying so thats why I didnt give 5 stars .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a reminder of the early struggles with AIDS 22 Aug 2011
By Hector
Format:DVD
This is a movie which everyone too young to remember the eighties should see. AIDS has been almost brought under control with drugs in recent years and many people forget or never knew the horrors of the disease when it first appeared. It was fun in the beginning but it all ends in tragedy - a take on the eighties sometimes forgotten. The film follows Frank (Layke Anderson) as he follows his dream and falls for a fellow dancer in a gay club in Amsterdam. Tremendous performances by everyone, particularly Layke Anderson in a very demanding first lead role, and Steven Webb as one of the dancers saving for a sex-change operation, and a great sound track.
The film could have been a little shorter but otherwise recommended to remind us of the early struggles with AIDS
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE THE YEAR'S BEST GAY FILMS 27 Nov 2011
Format:DVD
At long last we get to see a great gay film (from England) that is professionally acted and produced.The only complaint that I had was that it was too long. Too many songs sung during the film slowed down the story.With less it would have been a far better experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 4 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Watched House Of Boys a few months ago on Netflix. Didn't really think I would like it but gave it a chance and wow, loved it. By the end I was pretty much in tears and as soon as the price went down on Amazon jumped at the chance to own it on DVD.

Just goes to show, don't judge a book by it's cover....well DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a view 6 Feb 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Good storyline and well acted for a lower budget movie. Recommended fully. Layke Anderson is fuuly believable in the title role
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Fine Line between Cheap Ham and Real Beef
This film was made in 2009. It is set in a boys' dancing bar in Amsterdam in 1984. They year should tell you all you need to know about the medical and social story to come over... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nicholas Casley
5.0 out of 5 stars Its About Time Amazon Started TO Stock Gay Films For Us, Its One Of...
We haven't seen The D.V.D House Of Boys Yet, but we have seen the Trailor and it looks as if it could be as true to life as anything put on film and could be very interesting... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars worth a view
I didn't know what to expect with this movie. We haven't had any viewings of this in the states that I am aware of. It took me back to the late 80's early 90's. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Hammond
1.0 out of 5 stars Frenetic, phony, annoying and totally unbelievable
Unlike some other reviewers, I watch movies for the quality of the entertainment, not for the quality of the preaching. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant to the point of heartbreak.
This is a story of how vulnerable some of those who succumbed to AIDS in the early 80s were. On the surface, its heroes are good time boys: sexy (very sexy) and carefree. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steve
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
I thought this film was really dull and I can't imagine watching it again. It covered ground that has been covered a hundred times already. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by Liir
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
This type of DVD is very hard to find even on specialist DVD sites. So good old Amazon! Nice one.
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by racysilver
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