This movie contains three short stories dealing with the theme of homosexuality. In "A Friend of Dorothy", a woman joins the Navy during the 1950's and discovers lesbianism. In "Mr. Roberts... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Angels! (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Three glamorous "female" private investigators from an elite Los Angeles Detective agency are brought back to life after 25 years of slumber in a freeze drying chamber. Frozen by evil ... See full summary »

Director: Rico Martinez
Stars: Ruben Zambrano, John Stapleton, Sutan Amrull
Common Ground (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired ... See full summary »

Director: Adolfo Aristarain
Stars: Federico Luppi, Mercedes Sampietro, Arturo Puig
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A naive drifter runs away from his army father in hopes of making it on the car racing circuit. In Las Vegas, he meets a young scam artist, who develops a crush on him. He is then ... See full summary »

Director: Nickolas Perry
Stars: Jesse Bradford, Jordan Brower, Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Zack and Reba (1998)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two young adults who are coping with the deaths of their partners try to move forward with their lives and start a relationship with each other.

Director: Nicole Bettauer
Stars: Brittany Murphy, Michael Jeter, Debbie Reynolds
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Forest fires burn in Sumatra; a smoke covers Kuala Lumpur. Grifters beat an immigrant day laborer and leave him on the streets. Rawang, a young man, finds him, carries him home, cares for ... See full summary »

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Norman Atun
Falling Sky (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Emily, a young girl coming of age in lower class Las Vegas, must deal with her alcoholic mother, Resse.

Directors: Russ Brandt, Brian J. De Palma
Stars: Karen Allen, Brittany Murphy, Jeremy Jordan
Trixie (2000)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An eccentric, unconventional woman whose naive aspirations to rise from her job as a security guard to full-fledged private eye lead her into a tangled PL: mess.

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney, Nick Nolte
Maurice (1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Zackary Adler
Stars: Keram Malicki-Sánchez, April Grace, Brittany Murphy
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An elderly widow befriends an orphaned juvenile delinquent.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Stars: Forrest, Ellen Burstyn, Judge Reinhold
Trick (1999)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The misadventures of two young gay men, trying to find a place to be alone, one night in Manhattan.

Director: Jim Fall
Stars: Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling
David and Lisa (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Lukas Haas portays David, a withdrawn but apparent near genius, who fears being touched. Brittney Murphy plays Lisa, a young woman seemingly suffering from split personalities who speaks ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Kramer
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Lukas Haas, Brittany Murphy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Billy
...
Mrs. Nelson
...
Janet
...
McPherson
David Hemblen ...
Chester Burroughs
...
Mr. Manos
...
Navy Recruiter
...
Chuck Dawson
Shirley Josephs ...
Mrs. Manos
Ann Holloway ...
Mrs. Burgess
Patti Medwid ...
Mrs. Dawson
...
Barber Shop Boy
...
Barber Shop Boy
Edit

Storyline

This movie contains three short stories dealing with the theme of homosexuality. In "A Friend of Dorothy", a woman joins the Navy during the 1950's and discovers lesbianism. In "Mr. Roberts", a teacher in a 1970's classroom struggles with his closeted gay status. Finally in "Amos and Andy", a father wrestles with his own emotional acceptance of a present day wedding between his son and another man. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Historias comunes  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Dorothy presents a blue discharge to the school principal in the 1950s. Blue discharges were discontinued in 1947. Further, the principal calls it a "dishonorable" discharge. Blue discharges were neither honorable nor dishonorable; they were administrative. See more »

Quotes

Don: There's no wrong time for a show tune.
See more »

Connections

Features The Jack Benny Program (1950) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Highly emotive and entertaining - with no downside
1 August 2005 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Donna Deitch has done a great job of conveying highly pertinent real life aspects of gay and lesbian recent history and modern life.

With very tight scripts and damned fine acting from all players, it would be hard to go wrong, but Donna makes the whole film cohesive and attractive. I also really enjoy the stereo soundtrack.

I've seen Common Ground several times, enough to be inspired to import the NTSC tape - and the only problem with it is that the left and right channels are reversed (it's worth swapping your cables around temporarily).

Even though I know my emotional buttons are being pushed, I still enjoy every word and aspect of this film. It offers inspiration for younger and older gays and lesbians - and food for thought for our family and friends.

This is high quality, gimmick-free and utterly honest film-making.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
dvd anyone ptr80
Toby's 4 attackers??? wolvesfan23
why didnt toby go to the police after getting raped derocksters
There could be a sequel.... Hulkamaniac4Life
Discuss Common Ground (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?