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Dress Gray (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  9 March 1986 (USA)
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When a first-classman's insignia is found on the riverbank near the drowned body of plebe David Hand, the specter of murder casts a shadow of scandal across the U.S. Grant Military Academy.... See full summary »

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Gen. Axel Rylander
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David Hand
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Elizabeth Hand
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Col. King
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Maj. Clifford Bassett (as James B. Sikking)
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Lugar (as Tim van Patten)
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Buck
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Mrs. Loerna Tutwiler
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When a first-classman's insignia is found on the riverbank near the drowned body of plebe David Hand, the specter of murder casts a shadow of scandal across the U.S. Grant Military Academy. General Hedges, the headmaster of the school, is determined to keep the beleaguered school out of the headlines and attempts to cover-up the likelihood of murder by wielding his considerable influence to pass it off as a simple drowning. This is done in spite of forensic reports that show that, shortly before his death, David Hand participated in "consensual sexual relations" with another man. Letters from the dead boy, which the Army Intelligence Department "confiscates" from his sister's New York apartment, implicate Ry Slaight as the first-classman with whom David was in love. As General Hedges says, "You cannot have a murder without a murderer." He offers Slaight the opportunity to "go quietly" which means he would be washed out into the infantry and quickly bound for Vietnam. Professing his ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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During the search for Cadet Hand's body, the helicopter pilot spots the body in the river. Hand's head is above water, over a log, and his neck is arched, with his head looking forward. When the divers get to the body, Hand's head is face down in the water. See more »

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For 1986 this was daring
4 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A new student named David Hand (Patrick Cassidy) is found murdered at the Grant Military Academy. They discover that he had sex with another man before he died. It also turns out he was in love with Rysam Slaight (Alec Baldwin) who is straight...and innocent. But the academy is trying to charge him. Then Hands' sister comes to investigate...

It may seem very tame today, but on TV in the late 1980s, gay characters didn't exist. The only reason this made it on was probably that the gay men in this are "punished" (like Hand) or hate themselves for what they did. Still, for TV, they're portrayed pretty sensitively. But the subject is tiptoed around. People talk and talk and TALK about it till you're ready to scream. Also this movie runs OVER 3 hours! There's no need for it to go that long.

Still it is well written with good performances--especially By Baldwin who was still unknown at this point. So it's kind of worth watching...but have your finger on the fast forward button through some of the endless talking. I give it a 7.


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