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 »

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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>

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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 »

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Justine: Well, said the politically correct lesbian caterer to the embarrassingly stereotypical but I suppose necessary fag florist, can we discuss this after we put the cake down?
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Features The Jack Benny Program (1950) See more »

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The struggle between bigotry and tolerance
30 January 2000 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

The quality of cable-made TV-movies continues to improve as this film proves.

This is an excellent anthology of three short stories revolving around the "common ground" of a flagpole in the center of a fictional all-American town in Connecticut. Through the years, attitudes towards homosexuals evolve as the stories play out. The common character to all three stories, played by Eric Stolz, narrates as he witnesses over the period of his lifetime the struggle between homophobia and tolerance. The fact that he raises and lowers the American flag each day probably symbolizes that he is the keeper of the American Dream -- equality of all.

An excellent cast and excellent writing make the film not only entertaining and enlightening but also touching.


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