Stonewall (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, History  |  3 September 1996 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,108 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 20 critic

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.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This film tells the story of the massive police raid of Stonewall in June 1969.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner
Stars: Paul Bosche, Alfredo del Rio, John DiGiacomo
Stonewall I (2015)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

A young man's political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Joey King
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Documentary/Historical retrospective of the Gay Rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the present.

Director: John Scagliotti
Stars: Anita Bryant, Melissa Etheridge, Barney Frank
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.

Directors: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg
Stars: Rita Mae Brown, Maua Adele Ajanaku, Red Jordan Arobateau
Priest (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon ... See full summary »

Director: Antonia Bird
Stars: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle
Wild Reeds (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau
The Line of Beauty (TV Mini-Series 2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young man becomes attached to a family that's not his own, and casts himself into the life of plentiful riches and gay love affairs that he seems destined for.

Stars: Dan Stevens, Tim McInnerny, Hayley Atwell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Tel Aviv, Summer 1989.Boaz, a beautiful and alluring linguistics student, receives anonymous, male written, love letters that undermines his sexual identity and interfere his peaceful life with his beloved girlfriend.

Director: Yariv Mozer
Stars: Yoav Reuveni, Yehuda Nahari, Yariv Mozer
Harvest (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A drama that tracks the relationship between two young apprentices working on an agricultural complex south of Berlin.

Director: Benjamin Cantu
Stars: Lukas Steltner, Kai Michael Müller, Steven Baade
Maurice (1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant
The Mudge Boy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Burke
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins, Tom Guiry
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the 70s Germany, a 50 year old businessman falls in love with a 20 year old boy.

Director: François Ozon
Stars: Bernard Giraudeau, Malik Zidi, Ludivine Sagnier


Cast overview, first billed only:
La Miranda
Matty Dean
Brendan Corbalis ...
Duane Boutte ...
Bostonia (as Duane Boutté)
Peter Ratray ...
Helen Wheels
Mizz Moxie
Michael McElroy ...
Princess Ernestine
Vito (as Luiz Guzman)
Tim Artz ...
Plainclothes Cop
Uniformed Cop


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Between maleness and femaleness, there's . . . FABULOUSNESS ! [Australia theatrical] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

3 September 1996 (USA)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$616,248 (USA) (27 September 1996)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (DVD)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


First credited feature film role for Frederick Weller. See more »


The sip-in depicted took place in 1966, not 1969. It was not the Stonewall Inn that refused service, but a bar called Julius (which is shown as the sip-in's first stop in the film). See more »


Vito: Okay, girls. We see ID, or we see blood.
La Miranda: Here's my ID, baby. You recognize?
See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)
Written by Shadow Morton (as George Morton)
Performed by The Shangri-Las
Courtesy of Mercury Records
With special permission of Polygram Special Markets
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

What an eye opener!
22 May 2003 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

We are set in the year 1969 where Homosexuality is illegal and dressing in drag is likely to get you arrested, if not beaten!

Everybody has their own Stonewall story... Everyone that lived through it will have a fantastic memory to tell anybody that will listen. Well this film is La Miranda's story. La Miranda is a fictional drag queen and this film is all about how her and her friends got through the Stonewall days.

I learned a lot from this film. I never realised how tough it was for gay people living in America at that time. I never once thought about what those people did to make life so much easier for us now. As a gay man myself, I felt touched by this film and the reality of what really did happen back then.

Stonewall is a brutal film that delivers a very strong message in a very straight forward, no crap, right to the point kind of way. The characters in the film are all adorable in their own way and you can really feel what they are feeling.

You will find yourself staring at the screen in amazement at how strong these people really are. Every person in this film gives an outstanding performance... I can not fault any of the actors. There are no big names in this film either and that is what makes it even more special.

No big star actors being in this movie means that you can get really close to the characters and you can relate to them, rather than picture them in another role and another movie. It is also a very private movie, it wasn't a huge box office smash hit like Titanic or Star Wars. It's the kind of movie that nobody has really heard of but is always hooked on it once they finally see it.

Anybody that knows about Stonewall will know that the people that lived through that riot were fighting for people like myself, my boyfriend and all gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, drag queens and everyone alike. They sacraficed everything they could to pave the way for us to live with the freedom we deserve. They deserve to be respected in every way possible and this film does just that. It portrays them for what they really are.... HEROS!

I really loved this film and I seriously recommend everybody sees it... you will learn something and you will be moved!

20 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
titles song mrspotter83
Stonewall Rising redmosquitomm
Who else loves this movie? jgar6-1
script for the movie? juszanka
Discuss Stonewall (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: