Released in 1986 and directed by Bill Sherwood, Parting Glances is the story of a gay couple preparing for one of the partners to depart on a two-year assignment in Africa. The film won no awards, but is still recognized as a seminal piece of gay cinema. Shot in New York, the film features actors Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, and Steve Buscemi.
As an actor, Steve Buscemi got his start in the mid-1980’s. An instant success, Buscemi was quickly cast as a character actor, often taking on roles that are neurotic, paranoid, or sometimes sadistic. The actor has worked with many famous directors, including Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Robert Rodriguez.