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Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story (2004)

In the small, predominantly working class town of Inniston, Ontario, Marc Hall is a high school senior with a promising future in his chosen career as lawyer. He is bright, well liked by ... See full summary »

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John L'Ecuyer

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Michael MacLennan (story), Kent Staines (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Ashmore ... Marc Hall
Jean Pierre Bergeron ... Andy Hall (as Paul Zabrinski)
Marie Tifo ... Emily Hall
Mac Fyfe ... Jason
Tamara Hope ... Carly
Trevor Blumas ... Beau
Fiona Reid ... Lucinda Pilcher
Scott Thompson ... Lonnie Winn
Dave Foley ... Mr. Warrick
Victoria Adilman Victoria Adilman ... Miss Lawrence
David Ferry ... Mike Shields
Nicholas Rose Nicholas Rose ... Vinci
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Connie Jukes
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Vincent
John White ... Otis
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In the small, predominantly working class town of Inniston, Ontario, Marc Hall is a high school senior with a promising future in his chosen career as lawyer. He is bright, well liked by his classmates and teachers, and quietly supported by his hard working parents, Audy and Emily Hall. He is also openly gay and attends St. Jude, a Catholic school. His cordial relationship with those in authority in his sphere of life is put to the test when he requests that his boyfriend Jason be his date to the graduation prom. That request is flatly denied by the school's hard nosed principal, Mr. Warrick. Despite seeing his prom as an important rite of passage, Marc refuses to go if he is denied this request. He is supported by his best friend Carly, who also refuses to go if Marc doesn't go. As such, Carly's boyfriend, Beau, mounts an online "support Marc" campaign with the help of the school's computer geeks. The online campaign and Marc's appeal to the Catholic School Board catches the ... Written by Huggo

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Will "Cinderfella" make it to the prom on time?

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 June 2004 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Prom Queen See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Despite being a modern-day fairytale,this film was banned in plenty countries all over the world, not just in Asia and Africa but also in Catholic countries worldwide-even in Catholic and Orthodox parts of Europe it wasn't shown on many TV channels yet! See more »

Quotes

[Marc is on the stand in court]
Marc Hall: I've learned a lot this last little while.
[Marc looks pointedly at Winn]
Marc Hall: How people try and change you and make you into something that you're not. Re-create you in their own image to make them feel better about who they are.
[Marc looks at his parents]
Marc Hall: And I am just grateful for the people in my life who let me be who I am. Taught me to stand up for what is right and what is true.
[Marc tries to hold back tears as he looks at Jason]
Marc Hall: And I only regret that... that I...
[...]
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The scenes depicting Marc Hall, his family and lawyer are based upon a true story. Other characters, names, events and places are entirely fictional or representative... they've been altered to make you LAUGH. See more »

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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Right About Time
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More than meets the eye
21 July 2005 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

PROM QUEEN succeeds not only because it is a controversial subject based on a true incident, but because of the light touch director John L'Ecuyer adds to the dimension of storytelling. Writers Michael MacLennan and Kent Staines have pieced together the facts from a now famous 'hearing' in Quebec concerning one teenage boy's challenging the Catholic Church school policies about sexual preferences in preventing him from attending a high school Prom and have fleshed out the characters to make the story not only meaningfully important but also entertaining.

Marc Hall (Aaron Ashmore) is a fun-loving, blue-haired gay lad who has a partner Jason (Mac Fyfe) and is comfortable in a semi-closeted way, and who attends a Catholic high school in Quebec. He is fortunate to have a band of accepting and supporting friends like Beau (eye candy actor Trevor Blumas) and Carly (Tamara Hope) among others who encourage Marc to bring his boyfriend to the upcoming Prom. The school officials - principal and school board - are adamant that the Catholic Church regards sames sex relationships as sin and refuse to allow Marc to consider attending the Prom with Jason.

Marc decides to 'come out' to his parents Emily (Marie Tifo) and Audy (Jean Pierre Bergeron) and they warmly assure him they have known for years ("Your hair. It's blue. And you have a poster of Celine Dion on your wall. We know.") With the support of his friends and a gay lawyer Lonnie Winn (Scott Thompson), Marc agrees to challenge the school/church stance and in a touching courtroom drama Marc pleads his case. Though due to the familiarity of the case the audience knows from the beginning that Marc Hall won his right to attend the Prom with Jason, it is in the telling that the story takes flight.

Though 'made for TV' budgetary constraints and format are obvious, PROM QUEEN boasts some fine actors and manages to bring to the screen another important hallmark in the Human Rights field. While some may avoid this film for fear of its being a 'gay movie', rest assured that the content is handled in a touching and realistic way. Recommended for all audiences, especially the teens who need to see both sides of a bit of history. Grady Harp


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