Lieutenant Laurel Hester is dying. All she wants to do is leave her pension benefits to her life partner - Stacie, so Stacie can afford to keep their house. Laurel is told no; they are not husband and wife. After spending a lifetime fighting for justice for other people, Laurel - a veteran New Jersey detective - launches a final battle for justice. Knuckle-biting, dramatic Freeheld chronicles a dying policewoman's bitter fight to provide for the love of her life. Written by
Did You Know?
, who starred in groundbreaking AIDS and gay rights themed Philadelphia
(1993) turned out to be the presenter of the Oscar to 'Freeheld' producers, a film that was about modern gay rights. Additionally, and somewhat more ironically, at the time, the Academy used service members in a remote televised hookup from Afghanistan and during "don't ask, don't tell" to announce the nominees for best documentary category before Mr. Hanks said, "and the Oscar goes to... Freeheld", a film about a lesbian couple and their fight for equality. Unfortunately the featured partner in both films passes away prematurely in the course of seeking justice. See more