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A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Díaz ... La Miranda
Frederick Weller ... Matty Dean
Brendan Corbalis Brendan Corbalis ... Ethan
Duane Boutte ... Bostonia
Bruce MacVittie ... Vinnie
Peter Ratray Peter Ratray ... Burt
Dwight Ewell Dwight Ewell ... Helen Wheels
Matthew Faber ... Mizz Moxie
Michael McElroy Michael McElroy ... Princess Ernestine
Luis Guzmán ... Vito (as Luiz Guzman)
Joey Dedio ... Angelo
Tim Artz Tim Artz ... Plainclothes Cop
Isaiah Washington ... Uniformed Cop
Candis Cayne ... Diva
David Drumgold ... Diva
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Storyline

Who could have guessed that a bunch of men in dresses would breath life into the movement to win equal rights for gay men and lesbians? Certainly not the police who raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular "drag" bar in Greenwich Village. After a long history of police raids, extortion, and brutality, a gaggle of drag queens at the Stonewall decide they have had enough and begin to riot when the police try to load them into a paddy wagon. Told by "La Miranda" (Hector), a regular customer at the Stonewall Inn, the film is a recounting of events that led up to that fateful day in 1969. "Matty Dean" is the handsome angry young man that La Miranda meets at the Stonewall one day and with whom she/he quickly falls in love. "Bostonia" is the self-styled Queen Mother of the drag queens and guides each initiate gently "into the life." Her lover, Vinnie, is the closeted proprietor of the Stonewall. His tragic response to the suffocation he feels bearing down on him from a homophobic world -- perhaps... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Стоунвол See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,052, 28 July 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$616,248, 29 September 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First credited feature film role for Frederick Weller. See more »

Goofs

The sip-in depicted took place in 1966, not 1969. It was not the Stonewall Inn that refused service, but a bar called Julius (which is shown as the sip-in's first stop in the film). See more »

Quotes

Bostonia: Don't push me, Mary. I am not in the mood.
Uniformed Cop: Awww, she ain't in the mood. Ain't we in the mood? Are we on the rag, dearie? And what if my little buddy here is in the mood?
[pushes Bostonia]
Uniformed Cop: Poor little faggot don't know whether to kill me or kiss me.
Bostonia: [Hits the cop] Guess I made up my mind.
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Connections

Features The London Palladium Show (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Out in the Street
Written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by The Shangri-Las
Courtesy of Mercury Records
With special permission of Polygram Special Markets
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What an eye opener!
22 May 2003 | by jackdaniels1981See all my reviews

We are set in the year 1969 where Homosexuality is illegal and dressing in drag is likely to get you arrested, if not beaten!

Everybody has their own Stonewall story... Everyone that lived through it will have a fantastic memory to tell anybody that will listen. Well this film is La Miranda's story. La Miranda is a fictional drag queen and this film is all about how her and her friends got through the Stonewall days.

I learned a lot from this film. I never realised how tough it was for gay people living in America at that time. I never once thought about what those people did to make life so much easier for us now. As a gay man myself, I felt touched by this film and the reality of what really did happen back then.

Stonewall is a brutal film that delivers a very strong message in a very straight forward, no crap, right to the point kind of way. The characters in the film are all adorable in their own way and you can really feel what they are feeling.

You will find yourself staring at the screen in amazement at how strong these people really are. Every person in this film gives an outstanding performance... I can not fault any of the actors. There are no big names in this film either and that is what makes it even more special.

No big star actors being in this movie means that you can get really close to the characters and you can relate to them, rather than picture them in another role and another movie. It is also a very private movie, it wasn't a huge box office smash hit like Titanic or Star Wars. It's the kind of movie that nobody has really heard of but is always hooked on it once they finally see it.

Anybody that knows about Stonewall will know that the people that lived through that riot were fighting for people like myself, my boyfriend and all gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, drag queens and everyone alike. They sacraficed everything they could to pave the way for us to live with the freedom we deserve. They deserve to be respected in every way possible and this film does just that. It portrays them for what they really are.... HEROS!

I really loved this film and I seriously recommend everybody sees it... you will learn something and you will be moved!


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