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Bridegroom (2013)

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Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom's family refuses Shane from attending the funeral.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cindy Bitney Cindy Bitney ... Herself
David Crone David Crone ... Himself
Jessica Mitchell Jessica Mitchell ... Herself
Lizzy Mohl Lizzy Mohl ... Herself
Judy Crone Judy Crone ... Herself
Pat Managhan Pat Managhan ... Herself
Sasha Andreev ... Himself
Chelsea Cannell ... Herself
Rick Corner Rick Corner ... Himself
Scott Davis Scott Davis ... Himself
Jeanni Goldfarb Jeanni Goldfarb ... Herself
Paul Goretski Paul Goretski ... Himself
Allison Gray Allison Gray ... Herself
Alexandra Grossi Alexandra Grossi ... Herself
Tami Kampf Tami Kampf ... Herself
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BRIDEGROOM tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship - a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death - of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized - is poignant, enraging, and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will. On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom's death, after a year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his partner entitled "It Could Happen To You." This film, posted on YouTube, received over 3.2 million hits and inspired over 50 thousand e-mails and comments on YouTube and Facebook. The impact of Shane's original film and the raw nerve it touched, tells us this is an important story that needs to be brought to the world stage. Written by Anonymous

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A love story, unequaled.

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Rated R for some language. | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

19 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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$385,000 (estimated)
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Also won Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival (New York). See more »

Quotes

(archive footage): [texted message] My heart belongs to you, Shane Bitney Crone.
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Features CNN Newsroom (1989) See more »

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La Mamma Morta
Written by Umberto Giordano
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Performed by Lana Ranahan
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What a beautiful movie
14 December 2013 | by jm10701See all my reviews

I'm old. I'm not young like Tom and Shane. I'm fat and homely; I'm not fit and beautiful like Tom and Shane. I've never been to Egypt or Paris or Machu Picchu or any of the other marvelous places they went together. I've never been in love, never had a serious lover or a husband or a partner or a relationship anything like theirs. I've lived alone all my life.

I tend to envy and resent people who have what I don't have; so what surprises more than any of you can know is that I'm not jealous of them, at all. I don't resent their youth or their beauty or their passion or their happiness or the adventures they shared or the delight they had in each other.

From my point of view, their story is a beautiful story of REAL love, of a blessed life, a holy life together that very, very, VERY few people ever know - maybe one in a hundred million, if even that many.

At my age I tend to see things long term, not because I'm wise but only because I'm old. I can't help it. When I look at things I see them in the context of centuries, not years. So when I look at Tom and Shane I don't see tragedy; I don't see injustice; I don't see the hateful, ignorant, fearful cruelty in some of the people around them.

Like it or not, those things are ephemeral. They don't last forever. LOVE lasts forever. Joy lasts forever. Beauty lasts forever. What Shane and Tom had will last forever, because, folks, Tom is not dead in any way that matters.

Bodies die, but the persons who live in the bodies never die. Tom is as real and as alive now as he was when Shane kissed him in front of the Eiffel Tower. He left here early, but a thousand years from now that won't matter at all, because they'll have been back together a lot longer than they were apart. That's the wonderful gift this movie gives to anyone who can receive it.


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