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Stonewall (1995)

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A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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La Miranda
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Matty Dean
Brendan Corbalis ...
Ethan
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Bostonia (as Duane Boutté)
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Vinnie
Peter Ratray ...
Burt
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Helen Wheels
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Mizz Moxie
Michael McElroy ...
Princess Ernestine
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Vito (as Luiz Guzman)
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Angelo
Tim Artz ...
Plainclothes Cop
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Who could have guessed that a bunch of men in dresses would breath life into the movement to win equal rights for gay men and lesbians? Certainly not the police who raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular "drag" bar in Greenwich Village. After a long history of police raids, extortion, and brutality, a gaggle of drag queens at the Stonewall decide they have had enough and begin to riot when the police try to load them into a paddy wagon. Told by "La Miranda" (Hector), a regular customer at the Stonewall Inn, the film is a recounting of events that led up to that fateful day in 1969. "Matty Dean" is the handsome angry young man that La Miranda meets at the Stonewall one day and with whom she/he quickly falls in love. "Bostonia" is the self-styled Queen Mother of the drag queens and guides each initiate gently "into the life." Her lover, Vinnie, is the closeted proprietor of the Stonewall. His tragic response to the suffocation he feels bearing down on him from a homophobic world -- perhaps... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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3 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$74,052 (USA) (26 July 1996)

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$616,248 (USA) (27 September 1996)
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First credited feature film role for Frederick Weller. See more »

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The picket at Independence Hall was a yearly event called the Annual Reminder. It took place every July 4 from 1965 to 1969. The Stonewall riots began June 28, earlier in the summer than the Annual Reminder. See more »

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Bostonia: [Vinnie wants Bostonia to undergo gender reassignment] What are we talking about this for? I am a chick with a dick, who ain't done with her dick yet. And let's face it sweetness, neither are you.
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References Jeopardy! (1964) See more »

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Sophisticated Boom Boom
Written by Shadow Morton (as George Morton)
Performed by The Shangri-Las
Courtesy of Mercury Records
With special permission of Polygram Special Markets
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Good depiction of an historical event. . .
20 January 2007 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

..but--sadly--we're still dealing with the same issues of hatred, bigotry and inequality more than 35 years after Stonewall.

If more people from the so-called Christian right would/could see this movie (among others) with an open mind, maybe they would see that gays are not their enemies, or threats to their children, husbands, wives and marriages.

Too bad that won't happen.

BUT--maybe if Obama or Hillery become President in 2008...well, then, maybe those who are afraid of homos (and women and blacks) will finally come around and welcome us into this world.

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