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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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6 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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

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 »

Quotes

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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Bad title, good movie
28 August 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I seem to watch at least bits of this film every time it turns up (which it does surprisingly often). The title is a turnoff, but the film itself is excellent. Forget that it was "made for TV, based on a true story". (Actually those movies are some of the best.) It stars Glenn Close and Judy Davis as the gay lovers and they are both believable and appealing, especially Close, who is just wonderful as the army nurse who fights for her rights. The script and direction are fine. Give it a go.


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