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Stonewall (2015)

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A young man's political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.

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Roland Emmerich

Writer:

Jon Robin Baitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irvine ... Danny Winters
Jonny Beauchamp ... Ray / Ramona
Joey King ... Phoebe
Caleb Landry Jones ... Orphan Annie
Matt Craven ... Deputy Seymour Pine
David Cubitt ... Coach Winters
Vlad Alexis ... Cong (as Vladimir Alexis)
Ben Sullivan ... Quiet Paul
Andrea Frankle ... Joyce Winters
Patrick Garrow ... Bob Kohler
Alexandre Nachi ... Lee
Karl Glusman ... Joe Altman
Otoja Abit ... Marsha P. Johnson
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Trevor
Ron Perlman ... Ed Murphy
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Storyline

The plot revolves around the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the violent clash that kicked off the gay rights movement in New York City. The drama centers on Danny Winters, who flees to New York, leaving behind his sister. He finds his way to the Stonewall Inn, where he meets Trevor before catching the eye of Ed Murphy, manager of the Stonewall. He colludes with corrupt police and exploits homeless youth.

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Where Pride Began See more »

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Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stonewall - Where Pride Began See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,834, 27 September 2015

Gross USA:

$187,674

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$292,669
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Matt Craven and director Roland Emmerich previously worked together on White House Down (2013). See more »

Goofs

During Danny's first visit to the Stonewall, a few months prior to the June 1969 riots, the song "Venus" by Shocking Blue is played on the bar's jukebox. The song wasn't released until October of 1969 and wasn't a major hit until 1970, well after the events of the film. Similarly, the song "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers, is featured twice on the soundtrack, once as as diegetic music and once as non-diegetic. That song wasn't released until 1972, again well after the events of the film. See more »

Quotes

Ray: Danny, Judy just died.
Danny Winters: Judy who?
Ray: Garland!
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Features Boys Beware (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Reach to the Moon
Written by Lionel Wendling and Susi Gott
Courtesy of APM Music
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A young man's political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.
24 January 2016 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Gay themed films are n abundance right now and (lesbian couples, transgender stories, more gay characters in many films) so it seems only natural that yet another film be made about the beginning of gay rights in the US. STONEWALL does that and despite the emphasis on political corruption attempting to steal the thunder from the brave gays who initiated the change to Gay Pride it works for the most part.

Many viewers will avoid the film because of the depiction of gays as being homeless, feminine street hustlers – too much so that it becomes a distraction form the other aspects of the story – but at least the message and the dates and the history are there. The plot revolves around the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the violent clash that kicked off the gay rights movement in New York City. The drama centers on Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine), who flees to New York after an aborted coming out with Joe (Karl Glusman) and being ousted by his homophobic father (David Cubitt), leaving behind his sister Phoebe (Joey King). He finds his way to the Stonewall Inn, where he meets Trevor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) before catching the eye of Ed Murphy (Ron Perlman), manager of the Stonewall who colludes with corrupt police and exploits homeless youth. Danny becomes close to a group of Nellie hustlers – especially Ray (Jonny Beauchamp) – and it is his association with this gay element that he eventually joins and fights for gay rights.

The cast is strong, the script by Jon Robin Baitz is less than impressive, but director Roland Emmerich manages to make the blend of history and human tragedy credible. Not a great movie, but the intentions are worthy.


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