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Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995)

The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.

Director:

Jeff Bleckner

Writer:

Alison Cross
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer
Judy Davis ... Diane
Jan Rubes ... Far
Wendy Makkena ... Mary Newcombe
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Capt. Kern
William Converse-Roberts
Colleen Flynn
William Allen Young
Kevin McNulty
Vic Polizos ... Jim
Eric Dane ... Matt
Molly Parker ... Lynette
Trevor St. John ... David
Ryan Reynolds ... Andy
Lance Robinson Lance Robinson ... Tom
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Storyline

Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer has served in the army for over twenty years. She's just fallen in love with an artist she's met, she's going for a PhD, and has a job at the VA hospital, as well as in the reserves. She decides to upgrade her security rating, with an eye toward promotion, and during the interview, she tells the investigator that she is a lesbian. The army begins proceedings to discharge her. And with the support of her family, her lover, (and LAMBDA), she decides to fight for her right to serve. Written by Kathy Li

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There is no greater right than the freedom to love. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

Col. Cammermeyer's son Andy, played by Ryan Reynolds in the movie, was killed in a snowmobiling accident in Washington State on March 02, 2007. See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant when Colonel Cammermeyer and Diane are on their first date, there is one wine glass on the table. Suddenly another wine glass appears. See more »

Quotes

Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: People ask, "Who are you?" We are their daughters, their sisters, their sons, their nurses, their mechanics, their athletes, their police. We're your doctors, your fathers, your politicians, your solidiers, your mothers, your friends. We live with you, we care for you, protect you, teach you, love you and need you. All we ask is that you let us.
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Connections

Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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Brilliant, timeless film
31 July 2005 | by pyotr-3See all my reviews

Ten years after it was made, this film is more relevant than ever. Glenn Close is brilliant as Col. Cammermeyer.

This film could not have been more well-made. Technically it is sublime. The acting is perfect. The story is clearly told such that any viewer could understand Cammermeyer's situation. And the love story is touching and beautiful.

This film deserves to be seen by every American. It should be required viewing for all American military personnel. It puts a face on the greatest injustice ever inflicted by America's armed forces, an injustice that is still far from being eliminated. It is a story that needs to be told today and every day until Americans wake up and stand up for justice. America's gay soldiers have been abused and had their lives ruined by the US Armed Forces for far too long, even as gay soldiers serve in a far more heroic fashion than their straight counterparts.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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