IMDb > Before Stonewall (1984)

Before Stonewall (1984) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 8 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.5/10   409 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 16% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Directors:
Contact:
View company contact information for Before Stonewall on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
27 June 1985 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
User Reviews:
Getting caught often led to ruined lives, imprisonment, commitment to a mental institution or suicide. See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Rita Mae Brown ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Red Jordan Arobateau ... Himself - writer

Ann Bannon ... Herself - university professor
Lisa Ben ... Herself - former secretary
Gladys Bentley ... Herself - Nightclub Singer (voice) (archive footage)
George Buse ... Himself - newspaper reporter, former Army Chaplain
Carroll Davis ... Himself - performer
Martin Duberman ... Himself - historian and playwright

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
Barbara Gittings ... Herself - gay activist
Barbara Grier ... Herself - publisher
Mabel Hampton ... Herself - dancer, former domestic worker
Harry Hay ... Himself - political activist
Dorothy Hillaire ... Herself - Native American activist (as Dorothy 'Smilie' Hillaire)
Evelyn Hooker ... Herself (as Dr. Evelyn Hooker)
Frank Kameny ... Himself - former U.S. government scientist
Jim Kepner ... Himself - gay archivist
Audre Lorde ... Herself - poet and university professor
Nancy MacCulloch ... Herself - film editor
Bruce Nugent ... Himself - artist and writer (as Richard Bruce Nugent)
Henry Otis ... Himself - former dancer
Johnnie Phelps ... Herself - printer
Ted Rolfs ... Himself - retired Merchant Marine
Chuck Rowland ... Himself - stage producer
Donna Smith ... Herself - retired bookkeeper
Ricky Streiker ... Herself - bar owner
Hank Vilas ... Himself - therapist
Kenneth Anger ... Watches man flexing muscles (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Burnside ... Himself (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier ... Jokaanan (archive footage) (uncredited)

Louis Dumar ... Tigellinus (archive footage) (uncredited)
James P. Johnson ... In Speakeasy (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Herod (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jimmy Mordecai ... In Speakeasy (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thomas Morris ... In Speakeasy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Alla Nazimova ... Salome (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bessie Smith ... Herself - standing at bar of speakeasy (archive footage) (uncredited)
Isabel Washington ... In Speakeasy (archive footage) (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Greta Schiller 
Robert Rosenberg (co-director)
 
Produced by
Robert Rosenberg .... producer
John Scagliotti .... executive producer
Greta Schiller .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jan Kraepelin 
Sandi Sissel 
Cathy Zheutlin 
 
Film Editing by
Bill Daughton 
 
Production Management
Katherine Grant-Bourne .... unit manager
Amy Kato .... unit manager
Pat Mei .... unit manager
Tina Schiller .... unit manager
 
Sound Department
Anne Marie Forte .... additional sound
Peter Friedman .... additional sound
Beni Matias .... additional sound
Roy Ramsing .... sound
Dean Sarjeant .... additional sound
Lori Seligman .... sound
J.T. Takagi .... sound (as J.T. Tagaki)
 
Visual Effects by
John Bauman .... opticals
Jauren Helf .... opticals
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Becky Butler .... assistant camera
Jeffrey Farber .... additional camera operator (as Jeff Farber)
Peter Friedman .... assistant camera
Debbie Sarjeant .... assistant camera (as Deborah Sarjeant)
Greta Schiller .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Damian Begley .... additional assistant editor
Peter Friedman .... assistant editor
Jeff Lunger .... additional assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative matcher
Jan Stott .... additional assistant editor
 
Other crew
Anne Alexander .... assistant to producer
Nan Allendorfer .... additional researcher
Zane Blaney .... additional researcher
Amy Chen .... production coordinator
Michelle Cliff .... historical consultant
Mindy Cohen .... assistant to producer
Blance Cook .... historical consultant
John D'Emilio .... historical consultant
Hillary Dann .... archival research consultant
Deborah Edel .... historical consultant
Neil Elliot .... additional researcher
Bruce Eves .... historical consultant
Jeff Goodman .... additional researcher
Chaudia Gorbman .... additional researcher
Erica Gottfried .... archival research consultant
Janie Groff .... additional researcher
John Hammond .... historical consultant
Larry Harne .... additional researcher
Jim Kepner .... historical consultant
Jeff Lunger .... assistant to producer
Toby Maretta .... historical consultant
Nancy Miller .... personal collections coordinator
Joan Nestle .... historical consultant
Carroll Oliver .... additional researcher
Judith Oney .... additional researcher
Julia Penelope .... historical consultant
Rosetta Reitz .... archival research consultant
Vito Russo .... archival research consultant
Judith Schwartz .... historical consultant
Paul Sergio .... additional researcher
Susan Sholji .... additional researcher
Elizabeth Stevens .... additional researcher
Christina Sunley .... assistant to producer
Jeff Tennyson .... head title design
Tom Waugh .... archival research consultant
Andrea Weiss .... archival research director
Andrea Weiss .... research director
Sande Zeig .... additional researcher
 

Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
87 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:

Did You Know?

Movie Connections:
References Calamity Jane (1953)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prove It on Me BluesSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Getting caught often led to ruined lives, imprisonment, commitment to a mental institution or suicide., 25 July 2010
Author: lastliberal from United States

An absolutely fascinating account of gay life in the United States before 1969, especially how WWII changed everything.

This collection of interviews, archival material, and history gives a clear picture of how gays and lesbians lived and interacted in this country before people "came out" publicly.

I was impressed with those who came out openly in the 50s and started the first gay and lesbian organizations and magazines. These were people of extreme courage.

The incorporation of gays and lesbians in the civil rights movement and the women's movement was thoroughly examined.

This film should be seen by all to have a better understanding of oppression in America, and how far we have come.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (5 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Before Stonewall (1984)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Stonewall Milk Paragraph 175 Out of the Past Making the Boys
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Documentary section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.