MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 29,322 this week

Freeheld (2007)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 221 users  
Reviews: 1 user

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 61 titles
created 03 Sep 2011
 
a list of 266 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 4532 titles
created 30 Sep 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 535 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Freeheld" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Freeheld (2007)

Freeheld (2007) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Freeheld.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Born Sweet (2010)
Documentary | Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Arsenic-laced water has poisoned a 15 year old boy from a small, rural village in Cambodia.

Director: Cynthia Wade
Salim Baba (2007)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living using a hand-cranked projector to screen discarded ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Sternberg
Stars: Salim Muhammad
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Many of the students arrive at ... See full summary »

Directors: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Richard and Philippe live hand to mouth, backing up a gang of Spanish pickpockets on the streets of Paris, posing as policemen who arrest a gang member while the others rifle the pockets ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Pollet-Villard
Stars: Matteo Razzouki-Safardi, Philippe Pollet-Villard, Richard Morgiève
Drama | Sci-Fi

In the not too distant future, two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella
Acme (2015)
Comedy

Plot unknown.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Stars: Steve Carell, Joe Alaskey
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Andrew Bush
Stars: DeMorge Brown, Kate Mara, David Marciano
Action

Special Ops agent is on the run after assassinating a powerful figure in Eastern Europe.

Director: Craig Viveiros
Stars: Ellen Page
Love That Boy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young women who sets out to find a boyfriend get's more than she bargained for when she falls for a much younger boy.

Director: Andrea Dorfman
Stars: Nadia Litz, Nikki Barnett, Adrien Dixon
Touch & Go (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Scott Simpson
Stars: Jeffrey Douglas, Patricia Zentilli, Stephen Sharkey
Comedy

A comedy focused on a teacher who chaperones a group of high schoolers to a state drama competition.

Director: Ellen Page
Stars: Anna Faris
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Laurel Hester ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

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 Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freeheld: I mahi tis zois tis  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Hanks, 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A New Jersey Lesbian Couple fight for their rights!
23 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cancer stricken Laurel Hester was a police woman in the New Jersey shore town of Point Pleasant, New Jersey when she was stricken with lung cancer. At the time of her diagnosis, she fought for her pension to be given to her partner/longtime companion/wife Staci Andree. The documentary shows the woman's battle for life and to help her partner obtain a sum of about $13,000 which isn't much but it would be able to maintain their modest New Jersey home. Laurel's fight could be symbolic of many in the battlefield. It's not so much about lesbianism as it is about politics in the garden state that is the most corrupt in the nation. The freeholders was resistant in letting Andree obtain the money probably to pocket themselves. Laurel and Staci's fight went public because it had no other choice. Laurel's colleagues at the police department also supported her right to designate her partner as the recipient of her pension. With all the revelations about New Jersey politics, politicians such as the freeholders which are more like county alder persons are the last people to make such a decision. It was Laurel's decision and she fought hard just as she did for her life. In the end, this documentary shows a loving couple regardless of their sexual orientation who fight to obtain what is really theirs. The fact that she was fighting from her deathbed is really heartbreaking. Here, she dedicated her life to fighting crime only to be almost denied of what was hers all along. The Ocean County Freeholders should be ashamed themselves for denying a dying woman's last request. By the way, New Jersey politicians have been double-dipping (meaning that they could be collected 2 pensions under the current plan) which is another aggravating circumstance. Since I live in New Jersey, the corruption is just awful and all politicians (even the former governor known as a "Gay American" could have came forward help Laurel's cause but he is too busy and is part of the corruptive mess). He doesn't care and neither does most politicians about the people like Laurel who came to serve their community. That's the real tragedy here. It's not about morals, judgment, or what's right but about the power of the almighty dollar. Ocean County probably wanted to take what was so little and probably use it for themselves. Without Laurel's pension of only $13,000, her partner Staci would lose their home since the property taxes are about that much in our state. It's not that much money to the politicians but it is to somebody who has already lost so much.


26 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ellen Page to portray Stacie bestimw
New story on Freeheld shoegaze99
Discuss Freeheld (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page