Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  6 February 1995 (USA)
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The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.



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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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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 »


When Greta is on the way to pick her boys up, the rear view mirror is visible on the windscreen. During the car ride, it has disappeared, then when they pull up to the house, it is back on the windscreen. See more »


Far: Do you know why i never hugged my sons?
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: You didn't want to.
Far: I did. I was afraid they would become homosexuals.
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: And you ended up with one anyway. At least it was only your daughter.
Far: Are you blaming me?
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: [after a short silence] You missed so much.
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Referenced in Queer as Folk: Proposal of Two Kinds (2004) See more »

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Brilliant, timeless film
31 July 2005 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Ten years after it was made, this film is more relevant than ever. Glenn Close is brilliant as Col. Cammermeyer.

This film could not have been more well-made. Technically it is sublime. The acting is perfect. The story is clearly told such that any viewer could understand Cammermeyer's situation. And the love story is touching and beautiful.

This film deserves to be seen by every American. It should be required viewing for all American military personnel. It puts a face on the greatest injustice ever inflicted by America's armed forces, an injustice that is still far from being eliminated. It is a story that needs to be told today and every day until Americans wake up and stand up for justice. America's gay soldiers have been abused and had their lives ruined by the US Armed Forces for far too long, even as gay soldiers serve in a far more heroic fashion than their straight counterparts.

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