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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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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 »

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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 »

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Vet: Do you know what the most important thing is to an infantryman?
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: His weapon.
Vet: His Buddy. You can be my buddy and share my foxhole any time, Colonel.
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30 June 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

This film is destined to be stuck in USA cable cycle. It doesn't have the glamorous edge to interest a mass audience or a big movie budget. Which is often the case with classics. Excellently acted by Glenn Close using Alan Cross's intelligent and paced script this film is a true story made with sympathy and understanding showing their are craftspeople in the industry who are sidelined in favor of short attention span blockbusters. The film however does not enter the depths of emotion and passion it could have. Grethe Cammermeyer (the central character) is a more forceful person than portrayed in the film. This is unusual since films' often have to inject more glamor and passion into a character. She had to fight discrimination against gays in the military and made a benchmark case against military law at the very time that Bush Sr was pushing to maintain this discrimination. Grethe was forced to defend her feelings which like anyone else's were natural and instinctive before a court martial she was presenting as a freak and an enemy to the USA which she was loyally serving.


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