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Stonewall (2015)

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A young man's political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.



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Deputy Seymour Pine
Coach Winters
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Joyce Winters
Bob Kohler
Joe Altman
Marsha P. Johnson
Ed Murphy


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Where Pride Began



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stonewall - Where Pride Began  »

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Box Office


$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$112,414 (USA) (25 September 2015)


$186,354 (USA) (9 October 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matt Craven and director Roland Emmerich previously worked together on White House Down (2013). See more »


The timing of Danny's arrival in New York is confused. He leaves Indiana during the fall (it's football season, and the World Series is about to start). But his bus arrives in New York in March (3 months before the Stonewall riots). See more »


Features Boys Beware (1961) See more »


Written by Dominic Evans and Raymond Watts
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4 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Stonewall Riots mainly consisted of and were lead by colored & transgendered revolting. What the director, Ronald Emmerich, does is take it into the perspective of a young Midwestern white senior boy (who's already struggling with being homosexual due to the small town he lives in ) and makes it seem he was the one who lead the revolt. This is untrue, and therefore considered white-washed and offensive to audience members.

Although the major criticism is mostly definitely understandable, I enjoyed it as a film alone, unlike others. It should have been called something different or some other kind of adaptation of the real events, because regardless, it's just almost impossible to cover the real depth of the nature that lead to the riots and the individuals that lead them. Stonewall isn't successful in covering this. Therefore, it's pretty much deceiving for this to be called "Stonewall" and only Stonewall. Accompanied by some typical Hollywood flaws, it left watchers hating the movie and thus receiving the low rating it has.

Putting these things aside, the sentimental moments the characters experienced were quite outstanding, acting was good, cinematography was on point, most of the story line, props, etc.

The film stands a bit more than passable than average, some flaws are obviously present and although the major criticism for the film's depiction of the actual Stonewall riots is comprehensible, I still enjoyed this film in its entirety and would purchase it on DVD. It does suck a bit that it's receiving major criticism for a stupid mistake the director made. Don't let any of the other bad reviews believe you into thinking that the film is 3/10 worthy. Watch the movie and be the judge for the elements it presented not only incorrectly but correctly as well.

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