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Common Ground (2000)

This movie contains three short stories dealing with the theme of homosexuality. In "A Friend of Dorothy", a woman joins the Navy during the 1950's and discovers lesbianism. In "Mr. Roberts... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Knudsen ... Young Johnny Burroughs
Brittany Murphy ... Dorothy Nelson
Jason Priestley ... Billy
Margot Kidder ... Mrs. Nelson
Helen Shaver ... Janet
Mimi Rogers ... McPherson
David Hemblen ... Chester Burroughs
Aron Tager ... Mr. Manos
Paulino Nunes ... Navy Recruiter
Brian Kerwin ... Chuck Dawson
Shirley Josephs Shirley Josephs ... Mrs. Manos
Ann Holloway Ann Holloway ... Mrs. Burgess
Patti Medwid Patti Medwid ... Mrs. Dawson
Sean O'Neill ... Barber Shop Boy
Andrew Butcher ... Barber Shop Boy
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This movie contains three short stories dealing with the theme of homosexuality. In "A Friend of Dorothy", a woman joins the Navy during the 1950's and discovers lesbianism. In "Mr. Roberts", a teacher in a 1970's classroom struggles with his closeted gay status. Finally in "Amos and Andy", a father wrestles with his own emotional acceptance of a present day wedding between his son and another man. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Historias comunes See more »

Filming Locations:

Milton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Dorothy presents a blue discharge to the school principal in the 1950s. Blue discharges were discontinued in 1947. Further, the principal calls it a "dishonorable" discharge. Blue discharges were neither honorable nor dishonorable; they were administrative. See more »

Quotes

Tobias: Whats it feel like to make love to another man?
Gil Roberts: It's wonderful
Tobias: See, that's what I want to learn!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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The First Gay "Legacy" Film
29 January 2000 | by squillSee all my reviews

A trilogy of gay/lesbian stories tracing societal attitudes towards homosexuals and the homosexual lifestyle from the 1950's to the present, this is the first "legacy" film for gays.

Superbly written, acted and produced, the three tales revolve around the themes of prejudice and acceptance, with the middle story of a young student's "coming out" as an impetus for his role model teacher's lifestyle disclosure, being the standout episode and should be seen by anyone wrestling with their sexual identity.

Bravo Paramount and Showtime for this outstanding and compassionate film.


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