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Soldier's Girl -- The true story of a young soldier beaten to death for falling in love with a transgendered nightclub performer.


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Writer (WGA):
Ron Nyswaner (written by)
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Release Date:
31 May 2003 (USA) See more »
True story of an unexpected love...and an unforgivable crime. See more »
The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Troy Garity ... Barry Winchell

Lee Pace ... Calpernia Addams

Andre Braugher ... Sergeant Carlos Diaz

Shawn Hatosy ... Justin Fisher
Philip Eddolls ... Calvin Glover

Merwin Mondesir ... Henry Millens

Dan Petronijevic ... Collin Baker (as Daniel Petronijevic)

Mike Realba ... Edgar Martinez

Jeanie Calleja ... Ashley Martinez

Barclay Hope ... Sergeant Howard Paxton
Tulsi Balram ... Ginger

Vince Corazza ... Lester

Kathryn Zenna ... Female Guard
Kent Staines ... Mistress of Ceremonies
Sofonda ... Midnight Express
Jeffrey Murray Johnston ... Typhoon
Kendall Knights ... Waiter
Nina Arsenault ... Trendy woman
Brian Bowman ... NCO Staff Duty (as Brian A. Bowman)
J.C. Kenny ... TV News Anchor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Mota ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Demitri Warner ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Pierson 
Writing credits
Ron Nyswaner (written by)

Produced by
Doro Bachrach .... producer
Lena Cordina .... line producer
Linda Gottlieb .... producer
Ron Nyswaner .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Katina Zinner 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
Production Design by
Lindsey Hermer-Bell 
Art Direction by
Peter Emmink 
Set Decoration by
David Edgar 
Costume Design by
Patrick Antosh 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... hair designer (as Alan Dangerio)
Alan D'Angerio .... makeup designer (as Alan Dangerio)
Etheline Joseph .... hair stylist
Stephen Lynch .... key makeup artist
Matthew Monzon .... hair designer
Matthew Monzon .... makeup designer
Marilyn O'Quinn .... assistant makeup artist
David Scott .... prosthetic sculptor
Josie Stewart .... assistant hair stylist
Victoria Wood .... wig maker
Russell Cate .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Raymond Mackintosh .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
David Bailey .... post-production supervisor
Joan Boorstein .... executive in charge of production
Avi Federgreen .... production manager
Jay Saywell .... video post-production supervisor
Chad Tomasoski .... post-production supervisor
Steve Wakefield .... executive in charge of production
John Weber .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Hay .... third assistant director
Catherine Lew .... second assistant director
Neesha Patki .... third assistant director
Patrick Tidy .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Archbell .... property master
Garth Brunt .... set buyer
Jeff Helgason .... key scenic painter
Peter Hudecki .... storyboard artist
Ken Innes .... set dresser (as Ken Innis)
Stephen J. MacDougall .... set dresser
Brent McGillivray .... first assistant art director
Sean Scoffield .... third assistant art director
Michael Smith .... set dresser
Peeter Tammemagi .... assistant property master
Scott Thom .... head carpenter
Tom Thompson .... on-set dresser
Marcello Torres Barreras .... head painter
Dave Watt .... construction manager
Mitsu Yano .... assistant head carpenter
Ron Zarosiak .... lead set dresser (as Ronn Sarosiak)
Sound Department
Ulrika Akander .... dialogue editor (as Ulrika Akander-Bristow)
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound effects editor
Tom Bognar .... assistant sound editor
Barbara J. Boguski .... dialogue editor (as Barbara Boguski)
Ryan Darden .... assistant sound editor
Russell DeWolf .... dialogue editor
John Edwards-Younger .... sound effects editor (as John S. Edwards-Younger)
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer
Nathan Hankins .... assistant sound editor
Howard London .... adr recordist
Anthony Mazzei .... supervising sound editor
Bill McMillan .... sound recordist
Gus Medina .... foley recordist (as Gus Madina)
Ian Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Todd Murakami .... sound effects editor
Bryan Pennington .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Brian Pennington)
R. Russell Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Stark .... boom operator
Alek Bromke .... adr recordist: Toronto (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brock Jolliffe .... special effects supervisor
Taryn Ash .... stunts
Ermes Blarasin .... stunts
Brad Bunn .... stunts
Curtis Hibbert .... stunts
Angelica Lisk-Hann .... stunts (as Angelica Lisk)
Regan Moore .... stunts
Billy Oliver .... stunts
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunts (as Ed Queffelec)
Bryan Renfro .... stunt coordinator
Mary Ann Stevens .... stunts
Len Wagner .... stunts
Ron Webber .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Cynthia Barlow .... key grip
Jonathan Brown .... electric
Randy Brown .... generator operator
Deanna Cadette .... second assistant camera
Zachary Case .... camera trainee
Bob Davidson .... gaffer
Christian Drennan .... best boy grip
Tyler Faulkner .... grip
Cy Fawcett .... grip
Lee Guenette .... rigging gaffer
Patrick Hales .... dolly grip
Reni Hoz .... first assistant camera
Don LeClaire .... grip
Mike Macauley .... best boy (as Mike Macaulay)
Kelly Richardson .... electrician
Omid Vahid .... electric
Mark Willis .... camera operator
Ken Woroner .... still photographer
Ramesh Yogendran .... electric
Casting Department
Jon Comerford .... casting: Canada
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Brad Gerstl .... extras casting representative
Larissa Giroux .... casting associate
Cindy Tolan .... casting associate
Millie Tom .... casting associate
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Aaron Unrau .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David C. Robinson .... costumes: Lee Pace (as David Robinson)
Kimberly Memory Stanley .... assistant costume designer (as Kimberley Memory Stanley)
Editorial Department
Darren Achim .... dailies telecine assistant
Patrick S. Clark .... post-production assistant (as Patrick Clark)
Lee Garrison .... post-production assistant
Peter King .... post-production coordinator (as Peter J. King)
Tim King .... executive in charge of post-production
Sam Komaromi .... video post-production coordinator
Renay McGowan .... post-production coordinator
Anthony Miller .... additional editor
Jarrod Miller .... post-production assistant
Janice Papadaki .... negative cutter
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Trevor White .... telecine colorist: dailies
Music Department
Ernie Mannix .... music editor
Marek Szpakiewicz .... orchestrator
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Chris McGeary .... music editor (uncredited)
Brandon Walker .... on-set music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rick Anglin .... driver
Jim Ballantine .... driver
Don Chan .... transportation coordinator
Darrell Gibson .... head driver
Tom Latto .... driver
Samarroo Llalchan .... driver: honeywagon
Robert MacLean .... driver (as Bob MacLean)
Jerome McCann .... transportation supervisor
Glen McGugan .... transportation captain
Tom Pinteric .... driver
Andres Vosu .... driver
Glen Weller .... driver
Other crew
Tessa Abdull .... production coordinator
James Azzopardi .... stand-in
Darlene Bargetto .... third assistant accountant
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer
Brian Bowman .... military consultant (as Brian A. Bowman)
Jeff Brush .... on-set craft service
Ruth Brush .... on-set craft service
John Charles .... software engineer: TriCoast Studios
Melanie Claveau .... office assistant: DGP
Robbie David .... production assistant
Sheri Davis .... animal wrangler (as Sherri Davis)
Donna Demers .... production accountant
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Clarence Ford .... choreographer
Terri Frank .... truck supervisor
Donna Gardon .... script supervisor
Linda Gillespie .... post-production accountant
Dede Gilsher .... receptionist: DGP (as Dede Gilser)
Stacey Knocker .... client services
David Korchok .... assistant location manager
Stephanie Lees .... extras coordinator
Jordana Lieberman .... production assistant
Trevor McTavish-Smith .... assistant to producers
Deborah Ricketts .... archive researcher
Paul Saban .... building manager: DGP
Kevin Saffer .... assistant production coordinator
Lianne Seal .... first assistant accountant
Ann Steel .... set supervisor
Sheelagh Stewart .... office coordinator: DGP
Thomas Vencelides .... location manager (as Tom Vencelides)
Duff Warren .... location production assistant
John Weber .... production executive
Joshua Wilder .... assistant: Mr. Pierson
Kate Wilson .... voice coach: Lee Pace
Mark Friesland .... special thanks
Barry Winchell .... dedicatee: in memoriam 1977-1999

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Rated R for sexual content, a scene of strong violence and language
112 min
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A | Sweden:15 (TV rating) | USA:R
Filming Locations:

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First film role for Lee Pace.See more »
Continuity: In the beginning of the film, PFC Winchell's commanding officer tosses a file to him, but he leaves without picking it up. In the next shot, he is walking up the stairs carrying the file.See more »
[first lines]
Mistress of Ceremonies:Ladies and gentlemen, and all of the rest of you... Welcome to the Miss Tennessee Entertainer of the Year Pageant.
Mistress of Ceremonies:If you take a girl home tonight, and you find that her clitoris is just a touch too prominent and her ovaries are hanging really low, you might have ended up with one of our contestants.
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72 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful love story., 3 August 2004
Author: DameFlux from CA

This is a film that will challenge your definition of gender and redefine the meaning of love. The true life story of Calpernia Addams and her successful yet tragic relationship with the soldier who fell in love with her, Barry Winchell. First , this is one of the best films I have ever seen. Originally made for HBO it could easily have made the big screen. Frank Pierson directs with a gentle hand and delivers poetry to vehicle that could have been awkward in anothers hands. Ron Nyswaner's script is sharp and deep so Pierson is well backed.

The cast is killer . Troy Garity delivers a surprisingly subtle portrayal of the soldier Barry Winchell. Barry is not an intellectual but far more emotionally intelligent than those around him. He falls in love with an exotic transsexual dancer Calpernia Addams for all the reasons a man usually does for any woman. She is smart , beautiful and underneath the dancers facade a true woman who yearns for someone to care for.

Lee Pace who plays Calpernia faced a huge challenge in that he really is a man but he is so powerful an actor that it takes only moments to convince you the heart of this character is truly a woman's. A classically trained actor Pace finds a way to give Calpernia both the accurate movement of a woman yet the fragile heart of a romantic in danger . I hope that Paces future is not stunted by this role because after delivering this kind of performance it will be really hard to top it. Pace manifests Calpernia so well it defies his physical reality . That feat is beyond most Hollywood actors period.

Added to the mix is the macho soldier named Justin Fisher who befriends Barry only to become the cause of his demise. . A hardcore soldier who drugs himself to keep up with the demands of being the best of the best Fisher is himself both a homophobe , jealous competitor for Barry's attention and dangerously loose cannon . Played by Shawn Hatosy the performance is pretty stunning. I swear I have known guys like this in my life. Shawn delivers Fisher with incredible rawness and realism. A macho redneck with disturbing secrets. You will hate Fisher and yet pity how pathetic he is as a human being he is . Brilliant work. Very rare. Hatosy gives a perfect delivery.

Last is the new arrival Calvin Glover , a wet behind the ears soldier that Fisher easily dupes into carrying out his vengeance against Barry. Played by Philip Eddolls the team of Fisher and Glover fits perfectly . Fisher the power to dominate and Glover his easily manipulated puppet. Too stupid to even grasp the seriousness of his crime Glover is someone you will recognize . Eddolls doesn't hold back anything in trying to give us Glovers small man complex.

If you are homophobic at all you will probably not like this movie but if you believe that love transcends the physical genders we are given you will be moved. Despite finding this DVD in the "gay " section of this is truly love story between a man and a woman. Well worth watching. A+

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