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'It's My Party'

July 26, 1998|Kevin Thomas

In Randall Kleiser's wrenching, pull-no-punches 1996 film, Nick Stark (Eric Roberts, left) and Brandon Theis (Gregory Harrison, right) have it all. Then comes the day when Nick tells Brandon that he's tested positive for the AIDS virus. Nick and Brandon cope badly with the news, and finally Brandon forces Nick to leave. A year passes, and while Nick still looks great, he begins to fail rapidly and decides to throw a two-day party. Roberts and Harrison, never better, head a large, diverse and impressive cast (Showtime early Thursday at 2:30 a.m.).

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