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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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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 »

Goofs

Diane picks up a light blue shirt to fold. The shot changes and she's folding a bark blue shirt, then picks up the light blue shirt again. See more »

Quotes

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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8 January 2001 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

This movie is an inspiration to all those who are afraid of standing up for who they are because they are afraid it might hurt their careers.

The only reason I gave this movie 9 instead of 10 points is that it was a little too careful not to shock the audience. When Close and Davis finally do kiss (which I was afraid they would not even do, given the fact that American filmmakers tend to depict lesbians as cousins rather than lovers), they miss each other's lips by at least an inch. But that is really my one and only objection to this wonderful and, again, inspiring movie.


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