Love! Valour! Compassion! is a 1997 film adaptation by Terrence McNally of his play of the same name, revolving around eight gay men who gather for three summer weekends. The setting is at a lakeside house in Dutchess County, two hours north of New York City where they relax, reflect, and plan for survival in an era plagued by AIDS.
As with many screen adaptations of stage plays, the script underwent numerous changes, eliminating almost all direct addresses to the audience and the conclusion of one of the subplots. This remains the only theatrical film directed by Joe Mantello, who was nominated for the Grand Special Prize at the Deauville Film Festival.
In this film adaptation, McNally reunited the original cast, with the exceptions of Nathan Lane and Anthony Heald. Seinfeld co-star Jason Alexander stepped in for Lane and Stephen Spinella replaced Heald.
The story of eight male friends who spend the three major holiday weekends of one summer - Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and...