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It's My Party

Theater poster
Directed by Randal Kleiser
Produced by Robert Fitzpatrick
Gregory Hinton
Randal Kleiser
Harry Knapp
Dessie Markovsky
Joel Thurm
Written by Randal Kleiser
Starring Eric Roberts
Margaret Cho
Bruce Davison
Lee Grant
Devon Gummersall
George Segal
Music by Basil Poledouris
Cinematography Bernd Heinl
Editing by Ila von Hasperg
Studio Opala Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) 1996
Running time 110 min
Country  United States
Language English

It's My Party is a 1996 American drama film. Written and directed by Randal Kleiser, it was one of the first feature films to address the topic of AIDS patients dying with dignity. It chronicles a two-day party hosted by Nick Stark who, having been diagnosed with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, will fall into a state of mental lapse lasting for months until his death. He decides instead to host a party for his family and friends, at the end of which he will commit suicide by taking Seconal.

The film is based on the true events of the death of Harry Stein, accomplished architect and designer, who was also director Kleiser's ex-lover. Stein's actual farewell party was held in 1992.

The cast includes Olivia Newton-John, Margaret Cho, Bronson Pinchot, Devon Gummersall, George Segal, Lee Grant, Marlee Matlin, Roddy McDowall, Steve Antin, Bruce Davison, Sally Kellerman, Lou Liberatore, Nina Foch, Eric Roberts as Nick Stark and Gregory Harrison as Brandon, Stark's estranged lover who returns to attend the party and say goodbye. Kleiser directed Newton-John in Grease less than 2 decades earlier in which Lee Grant's little girl, Dinah Manoff also appeared.

A DVD with special features was released in 2003. It contains deleted and extended scenes, featurettes on the making of the movie and commentary by the director and some of the actors.

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