Stonewall (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, History  |  3 September 1996 (USA)
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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:
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 <>

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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)

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Did You Know?


Early in the film, there is a shot of a sign being posted that said "We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village." This was an actual sign which was prominently and publicly posted outside the original Stonewall Inn in early summer 1969, about one month prior to the Stonewall Riots began. 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 »


Male Draft Officer: Are you a homosexual?
La Miranda: Oh, sure... least so my boyfriend tells me.
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References Jeopardy! (1964) See more »


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Fictional but very inspired and moving....
17 December 2006 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

"Stonewall" is a fictional but very inspired and moving account of events leading up to and culminating in the famous gay riots in NYC. Don't be fooled by the packaging...this is in no way a fluffy work in the vein of "Can't Stop the Music." It is deeply moving, very nearly tragic as it depicts the complex stressful lives of several characters. Fred Weller is marvelous as the genuine and untried hick Matty Dean who can't accept the comforts of compromise when he knows most of his compatriots are unjustly suffering. Guillermo Diaz as the drag queen La Miranda, who resembles Connie Francis when made-up, is outstanding as Matty's insecure mentor and eventual mate. Hopefully, the rampant police brutality against LGBT persons will be alleviated after the events depicted. I have heard several horrifying stories from a few who were arrested and their subsequent brutal treatment in jails. This film is so well-acted and paced that it should be seen by anyone, gay or straight, who has any interest in basic human rights issues. It will certainly make you think, and doubtless leave a lasting impression and perhaps not a little enlightenment.

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