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Stonewall (1995)

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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Peter Ratray ...
Burt
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Tim Artz ...
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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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The fight for the right to love [USA theatrical] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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3 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$74,052, 28 July 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$616,248, 29 September 1996
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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 »

Goofs

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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Bostonia: [Vinnie wants Bostonia to undergo gender reassignment] What are we talking about this for? I am a chick with a dick, who ain't done with her dick yet. And let's face it sweetness, neither are you.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
Written by James F. Hanley
©1935 Warner Bros. Inc./ASCAP
Performed by Judy Garland
From an original Brunswick Label recording
By arrangement with MCA Records Inc.
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Fictional
29 June 2004 | by 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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