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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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Runtime:

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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An honest, sometimes unforgiving look at homophobia over three generations.
29 January 2000 | by rjraySee all my reviews

This movie is a powerful portrayal of gay life and homophobia in small-town America, in this case Homer, Connecticut. Narrated through all three vignettes by Eric Stoltz's character, the character is 6 or so in "1954" when a young woman (Brittany Murphy) returns from the Navy with a Section 8 discharge for "deviant sexual behavior". In "1974", Stoltz is a fresh-from-Vietnam veteran tending grounds at the town war memorial at a time when the high school's star swimmer (Johnathan Taylor Thomas) wants to come out to his French teacher (Stephen Weber). In the last vignette, Stoltz's groundskeeper is greying, and some in the town (mostly veterans and church-goers) are protesting the marriage of two gay men, one of whom has wedding-day jitters and a father (Ed Asner) who helped organize and mobilize the protest.


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