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Soldier's Girl (2003)

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The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer.

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Frank Pierson

Writer:

Ron Nyswaner
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Troy Garity ... Barry Winchell
Lee Pace ... Calpernia Addams
Andre Braugher ... Sergeant Carlos Diaz
Shawn Hatosy ... Justin Fisher
Philip Eddolls Philip Eddolls ... Calvin Glover
Merwin Mondesir ... Henry Millens
Dan Petronijevic ... Collin Baker (as Daniel Petronijevic)
Mike Realba ... Edgar Martinez
Jeanie Calleja ... Ashley Martinez
Barclay Hope ... Sergeant Howard Paxton
Tulsi Balram Tulsi Balram ... Ginger
Vince Corazza ... Lester
Kathryn Zenna ... Female Guard
Kent Staines ... Mistress of Ceremonies
Sofonda Sofonda ... Midnight Express
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The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer.

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She was the only man he ever loved. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, a scene of strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier's Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Barrie, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

The patch worn on the shoulder of every soldier in the film is not the patch of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The only time the actual 101st patch is shown is during the stock footage of soldiers marching across the parade ground at Ft Campbell. The patch can be seen on the large banner. See more »

Goofs

In the weight room when Baker is gossiping about Winchell, Winchell is pumping weights in a continuous movement. But a shot from Winchell's perspective shows his arms down with no apparent movement. See more »

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[first lines]
Mistress of Ceremonies: Ladies and gentlemen, and all of the rest of you... Welcome to the Miss Tennessee Entertainer of the Year Pageant.
[applause]
Mistress of Ceremonies: If you take a girl home tonight, and you find that her clitoris is just a touch too prominent and her ovaries are hanging really low, you might have ended up with one of our contestants.
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Crazy Credits

In memoriam Barry Winchell 1977-1999 See more »

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Featured in Soldiers' Secrets (2004) See more »

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Mein Herr
Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Produced by Steve Edwards
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Don't ask, don't tell
2 April 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

The absurd "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in our armed forces is a big hypocrisy. LIke in all walks of life, homosexuality exists and it's incredible the government has decided to continue with this line of thought to this date. Death doesn't differentiate between gay or straight. As patriotic is the soldier, male or female, that serves his country and dies for it, no matter what their sexual preferences are.

It's commendable that director Frank Pierson has decided to bring this story to the screen, based on actual events that occurred not too long ago. The film shows a lot of courage in the part of the people behind this project because of the material. Remembering vaguely this incident that had national media coverage, one is not prepared for the reality one is presented in it.

"Soldier Girl" is a document about hatred and ignorance. These macho soldiers have to make a stand belittling and ridiculing people that are different; they believe it's a deviant behavior to be gay. Their arrogance is such that they will resort to violence in order to make their point. They even go to the same places where gays gather peacefully to have fun, by themselves, and where one would think, no straight person has any business going to. The intrusion into other people's lives is what makes this story so heart wrenching.

This is a film to watch because of the magnificent portrayal of the evil Justin Fisher, by Shawn Hatosy. This young actor doesn't seem to stop amazing in whatever character he decides to play. Mr. Hatosy has the knack for transforming himself completely into the character one sees on the screen. Having recently seen him in "Borstal Boy", as Fisher, he even surpasses what he accomplished in that other movie. His Fisher is a character study into a man that is a closet case, himself, while presenting a tough and manly front to the world. Yet, one gets the impression he wants Winchell to be his sexual partner.

The talented Troy Garity is excellent as the slow, but tremendously kind, Barry Winchell. Mr. Garity appears to be a babe in the woods; he wins us over because his sincerity and honesty. When he falls for the transsexual Calpernia Addams at the Visons night spot, we wonder if he really is that naive, or that deep down Barry feels a love at first sight with her.

As Calpernia, Lee Pace is perfectly believable as the person who suddenly finds the right soul mate when Barry begins seeing her. This actor does a wonderful job in getting inside his character. Philip Eddolls makes a perfect Calvin, the young recruit that will act on the hatred that Fisher keeps daring him to do in a sly way. Andre Braugher is the kind Sgt. Diaz, who is totally brainwashed by the army policy of not getting involved, but ultimately helping the bullies under his command maim and kill for no reason at all.

"Soldier Girl" is a film that will stay with the viewer for a long, long time. It's hard to forget what bigotry and ignorance can do to people.


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