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Dear Jesse (1998)

Can you go home again? What if you're a gay man and home is a state where voters keep electing a homophobe to the US Senate? In 1996, at age 30, native son Tim Kirkman returns to North ... See full summary »

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Three overlapping stories of estranged families in three regions of North Carolina.

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Credited cast:
Nathan A. Barbour Nathan A. Barbour ... Himself
Karen Brown Karen Brown ... Herself
Patsy Clarke Patsy Clarke ... Herself
Hal Crowther Hal Crowther ... Himself
Jaki Shelton Greene Jaki Shelton Greene ... Herself
Allan Gurganus Allan Gurganus ... Himself
Jesse Helms Jesse Helms ... Himself
Jerry Kirkman Jerry Kirkman ... Himself
Tim Kirkman ... Himself
Jerry McGee Jerry McGee ... Himself (as Dr. Jerry McGee)
Ann Pierce Ann Pierce ... Herself
Matthew Shepard ... Himself
H. Mitchell Simpson H. Mitchell Simpson ... Himself (as Dr. H. Mitchell Simpson)
Lee Smith Lee Smith ... Herself
Eloise Vaughn Eloise Vaughn ... Herself
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Can you go home again? What if you're a gay man and home is a state where voters keep electing a homophobe to the US Senate? In 1996, at age 30, native son Tim Kirkman returns to North Carolina to explore the parallels and differences between himself and Jesse Helms: they're from the same town and college, with media interests, from families blessed by adoptions, Baptists by upbringing. Tim puts his camera in front of his family, a boyhood pal, college friends, his pastor, Helms fans, community activists, novelists Lee Smith and Allan Gurganus, a mayor who's gay, and people in the street, including a brief interview with Matthew Shepard. What is it to judge, and what is it to love? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A homophobic senator. A gay filmmaker. A different kind of love letter.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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North Carolina, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,748, 4 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,875, 18 July 1999
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Surprisingly personal and humorous.
13 October 2003 | by xavrush89See all my reviews

I did not expect filmmaker Tim Kirkman to reveal as much of himself as he did and I loved the part with his old friends "dishing" on him. Believe me, this film could have been A LOT angrier in tone. I'm sure Kirkman did everything within his power to hold back what he really thinks of Helms. The result is one compelling doc. And as for the end, well, that speaks for itself. One question that sprang to my mind: To all these people who believe being gay does not warrant any rights because it is a lifestyle choice, what is a religion if not a lifestyle choice???


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