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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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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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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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29 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While Stonewall hits upon some facts about the Stonewall Riots, it is pretty much based upon fiction. Much of this movie is apocryphal. For example, the who idea that the Stonewall Riots were somehow influenced by Judy Garland's death was suggested by the homophobic police-- as a bigoted joke.

New research shows that the Stonewall Riots were started by what most people would classify as sissies from nearby bars after hearing that police were beating up Stonewall patrons. There weren't very many drag queens allowed in the Stonewall.

The police who conducted the bust were not from the precinct that was in charge of the area; but a separate group dealing with morals violation. In fact, once barricaded inside the bar, they called for help, but the Sixth Precint wouldn't help, having already been paid off by the mob who owned the bar.

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