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31 July 1998 (USA) See more »
In 1995, Kelli Peterson started a gay and straight club at her Salt Lake City high school. The story... See more » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Gwyneth Paltrow's best film See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

Stephen Spinella ... Michael Wigglesworth (voice)

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Sarah Orne Jewett (voice)

Cherry Jones ... Annie Adams Fields (voice)

Edward Norton ... Henry Gerber (voice)
Leland Gantt ... Bayard Rustin (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annie Fields ... Herself
Barbara Gittings ... Herself
Peter J. Gomes ... Himself (as Rev. Peter J. Gomes)

Linda Hunt ... Narrator
Sarah Orne Jewett ... Herself
Kelli Peterson ... Herself
Bayard Rustin ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Jeff Dupre  (as Jeffrey Dupre)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michelle Ferrari  writer

Produced by
Eliza Byard .... co-producer
Jeff Dupre .... producer (as Jeffrey Dupre)
Michelle Ferrari .... co-producer
Michael Huffington .... executive producer
Kevin Jennings .... associate producer
Andrew Tobias .... executive producer
Original Music by
Matthias Gohl 
Cinematography by
Buddy Squires 
Film Editing by
George O'Donnell 
Toby Shimin 
Makeup Department
Bunny Parker .... hair department head
Sound Department
Mariusz Glabinski .... assistant sound editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... sound editor
Ira Spiegel .... sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Other crew
Alex Panagakis .... publicist


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97 min

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Gwyneth Paltrow's best film, 21 August 1999
Author: pyotr-3 from Washington DC

A top-notch documentary which beautifully weaves the story of Kelli Peterson, who tried to start a gay-straight alliance at a Salt Lake City high school, with tales of real gay heroes of the past.

The wonderful Barbara Giddings is featured in a tremendously moving moment in which Kelli and Barbara meet, and it is clear that if only Kelli - and other students like her - had simply been told the facts about gay people in school she would never have wanted to commit suicide. This film is an excellent testament and memorial to those who died having lived miserable lives totally in the closet.

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