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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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Donna Deitch
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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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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Johnny Burroughs: So, OK. The bottom line seems to be our choice. We can embrace our differences, and each stand alone, or we can accept the overwhelming evidence that none of us is so very unique, and stand together, on common ground.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Five Decades of Different Approaches by the Society to Homosexuality Discussed in a Serious and Great Movie
5 October 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

This movie is composed of three short stories, all of them about homosexuality and in the small city of Homer. The first on passes in 1954, when a navy officer (the great actress Brittany Murphy) returns to Homer after quitting Navy. When the locals find out that indeed she was expelled from the Navy because of sexual deviation (i.e., lesbianism), she is discriminated and rejected by them. The second one takes place in 1974, and is about a teacher of French, gay not assumed aiming to be the principal of his school, and his best student, who is not secure of his sexual identity. The last one is in 2000 and is about a gay wedding between two successful men. When I watch a movie, I never read anything about it, because I want to have my own opinion. This film was a great surprise for me: its proposal is to show and discuss the prejudice of the society (who shares the common ground) against homosexuals and it is very well presented. The screenplay, performances and direction are superb, but I really would like to highlight the first short story: Brittany Murphy is really a great actress and has an outstanding performance. My vote is eight.


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