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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
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Diane
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Mary Newcombe
Susan Barnes ...
Capt. Kern
William Converse-Roberts
Colleen Flynn
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Jim
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Lynette
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David
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Lance Robinson ...
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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coming out under fire
16 March 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This TV movie co-produced by Barbra Streisand gained controversy because of a kiss between Glenn Close and Judy Davis. It's hard to know why since it's not the first representation of lesbianism on TV and the kiss itself looks pretty strained.

Director Jeff Bleckner presents Close as a real life Washington National Guard nurse who is discharged from the Army for `immoral conduct' after revealing her sexual orientation, although she argues that her relationship doesn't incorporate `conduct'. What we see is a lot of intense eye contact between Close and Davis as her artist girlfriend and a fair share of hugging, though Close tends to hug practically everyone she meets. Davis is presented as the ideal femme partner. She's supportive, she says all the right things, the family likes her and she is funny, particularly when she is outed `on prime time'.

The script by Alison Cross is tight and intelligent, thankfully focusing more on relationships than Cammermeyer's trial, and Bleckner allows the two actors to create a subtle interplay. Close has fun with the butch army stereotype and is moving when she confesses to her sons, her tears bursting forth.


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