A GATHERING OF FRIENDS. A GIFT OF LOVE. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE.
Nick Stark (Eric Roberts) learns that he has HIV; eventually he decides to commit suicide and throws a big farewell party for his friends and former lovers. Finally, Roberts gets a project worthy of his talent. He’s made too many bad action movies, but is a fine actor and he’s really good in this bittersweet, depressing but engaging drama. Aptly titled considering the lyrics of that song; the film did move me to tears, but it kind of falls in the shadow of The Big Chill and Peter’s Friends. The supporting cast is entertaining, including Bronson Pinchot, and George Segal as Nick’s alcoholic father.
1996-U.S. 109 min. Color. Directed by Randal Kleiser. Cast: Eric Roberts (Nick Stark), Gregory Harrison (Brandon Theis), Margaret Cho (Charlene Lee), Bruce Davison, Lee Grant, Devon Gummersall… Marlee Matlin, Roddy McDowall, Olivia Newton-John, Bronson Pinchot, George Segal, Sally Kellerman.