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27 June 1985 (USA) See more »
The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)

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

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not just for a gay audience., 29 June 1999
Author: Hermit C-2 from Marietta, GA, USA

This informative and enlightening documentary examines how gay people lived and supported and recognized each other in the days before the landmark disturbance at the Stonewall bar in New York in 1969, an event that gave new impetus to the gay rights movement in the U.S. It features many brave individuals who risked life and limb back in the "dark ages" by even broaching the subject of homosexuality in the open. Many viewers will find revelations here that are fascinating, for example how World War II, of all things, served to end the isolation felt by many gays who fought and served back then. It deserves a wide audience.

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