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Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995)

The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Barnes ...
William Converse-Roberts
Colleen Flynn
Lance Robinson ...


Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer has served in the army for over twenty years. She's just fallen in love with an artist she's met, she's going for a PhD, and has a job at the VA hospital, as well as in the reserves. She decides to upgrade her security rating, with an eye toward promotion, and during the interview, she tells the investigator that she is a lesbian. The army begins proceedings to discharge her. And with the support of her family, her lover, (and LAMBDA), she decides to fight for her right to serve. Written by Kathy Li

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A true story that rocked America. An army nurse fights for the right to be gay. See more »


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Release Date:

6 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Serving in Silence  »

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Did You Know?


Col. Cammermeyer's son Andy, played by Ryan Reynolds in the movie, was killed in a snowmobiling accident in Washington State on March 02, 2007. See more »


In the restaurant when Colonel Cammermeyer and Diane are on their first date, there is one wine glass on the table. Suddenly another wine glass appears. See more »


Diane: I'm making eggs.
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: Have you ever made eggs before?
Diane: What do you mean. I mean I'm quite a good cook when I put my mind to it.
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: No one ever makes scrambled eggs in a sauce can.
Diane: Are you kidding. It is the only way.
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Referenced in A Family Affair (2001) See more »

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A true-life story about an inspiring lady. A 'Must See.'
21 December 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Yes, we have heard of Dr. Cammermeyer in Australia! She is an inspiring lady and this television movie is a fascinating insight, despite lacking in much of the detail, into her struggle with archaic laws and red tape.

We also get just a glimpse into Dr. Cammermeyer's personal and family life, as well as an opportunity to learn something of the true nature of homosexuality and the life of the homosexual.

This movie is a MUST SEE for everyone, whatever your views might be on this subject. You won't get a hard-sell on the so-called 'gay lifestyle,' but you will gain a greater understanding of the personal side of this issue ... and a greater appreciation for a lady of conscience who couldn't help but pursue truth.

As for the actors, Glenn Close does a fine job and is convincing in the title role. And I always enjoy watching my fellow Aussie, Judy Davis.

Get the video for your next gathering of Homophobics Anonymous.

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