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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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La Miranda
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Matty Dean
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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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Diva
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Diva
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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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$74,052 (USA) (26 July 1996)

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$616,248 (USA) (27 September 1996)
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First feature film role credit for (as) Candis Cayne, who had previously been credited as as Brendan McDanniel, in one previous feature film role, before name and gender change. See more »

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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 »

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La Miranda: Matty Dean? Baby? I'm your knight in shining armor, baby. Your boy and your lady. I'm your mama lying. I'm your man. I will fight for you, dress for you... even cry for you. But only for you, baby. Never for them. NEVER for them.
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Over the Rainbow
Written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
©1938, 1939; Renewed 1966, 1967 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Rights Assigned to EMI Catalogue Partnership
All Rights Controlled and Administered by EMI Feist Catalog Inc.
Performed by Judy Garland with Victor Young and His Orchestra
From an original Brunswick Label recording
By arrangement with MCA Records Inc.
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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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