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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
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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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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Trivia

Director Nigel Finch died of AIDS shortly after completing this, his last film. 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 »

Quotes

Matty Dean: How can they just do this? Like we don't have a fucking constitution or nothing.
La Miranda: We don't! They do!
Matty Dean: Who the fuck is they?
La Miranda: America! Big America! The other America!
Matty Dean: Fuck the big America! We're the real America, at least we believe in fucking freedom. Right? You don't even get what I'm talking about, do you?
La Miranda: Yeah, little 'ol dumb me, how could I possibly get it?
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References Jeopardy! (1964) See more »

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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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As American as apple pie
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Frederick Weller is the perfect embodiment of the frustrated gay male who is ready for a change, and a revolution to boot. He arrives in NYC, somewhat naive, and is befriended by a drag queen who introduces him to the city and its many characters. He is discouraged almost immediately but it starts a feeling in him that makes him uneasy about the way things are. At the time bars were getting raided constantly and there were other ridiculous laws, too, none of which sit well with him. He befriends another man who enlightens him about rallies, a peaceful march to Philadelphia, and takes him to Fire Island. But its all still bad, since he knows he's being treated badly because of who he is.

Climax of the movie is the riot at the end, which wasn't much of one as far as I'm concerned, but the police finally found they were being stood up to, and they didn't like it.

All the actors are excellent, especially Weller, who's inexplicably not a major star, and Guillermo Diaz as La Miranda, a not-as-tough-as-she-pretends-to-be drag queen. Its La Miranda's version of things, and when she says 'we're American as apple pie' as the last line of the movie, you can't help but believe her.

Kudos to all involved. 9/10.


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