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When We Rise 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2017)
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A chronicled re-telling of the gay rights movement in the United States, beginning with the Stonewall riots in 1969.
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Series cast summary:
Rachel Griffiths ...  Diane Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Austin P. McKenzie ...  Young Cleve Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Mary-Louise Parker ...  Roma Guy 4 episodes, 2017
Emily Skeggs ...  Young Roma Guy 4 episodes, 2017
Jonathan Majors ...  Young Ken Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Guy Pearce ...  Cleve Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Fiona Dourif ...  Young Diane Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Michael Kenneth Williams ...  Ken Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Sam Jaeger ...  Richard 3 episodes, 2017
Ivory Aquino ...  Cecilia Chung 3 episodes, 2017
Douglas Smith ...  Young Man 3 episodes, 2017
David Hyde Pierce ...  Dr. Jones 3 episodes, 2017
Alex Reznik ...  Mitchell Katz 3 episodes, 2017
Whoopi Goldberg ...  Pat Norman 2 episodes, 2017
T.R. Knight ...  Chad Griffin 2 episodes, 2017
Rosie O'Donnell ...  Del Martin 2 episodes, 2017
Carrie Preston ...  Sally Gearhart 2 episodes, 2017
Dylan Walsh ...  Dr. Marcus Conant 2 episodes, 2017
Maddie Corman ...  Phyllis Lyon 2 episodes, 2017
Todd Weeks ...  Tom Ammiano 2 episodes, 2017
Rafael de la Fuente ...  Ricardo Canto 2 episodes, 2017
Adam DiMarco ...  Marvin Feldman 2 episodes, 2017
Nick Eversman ...  Scott Rempel 2 episodes, 2017
Caitlin Gerard ...  Jean 2 episodes, 2017
Justin Sams ...  Sylvester 2 episodes, 2017
Jayne Taini ...  Eloise 2 episodes, 2017
Kerry Sandomirsky ...  Cleve's Mom 2 episodes, 2017
Sam Spear ...  Shoshanna 2 episodes, 2017
Seth Fisher ...  Senior Advisor 2 episodes, 2017
Charles Socarides ...  Richard Socarides 2 episodes, 2017
Julian Works ...  Tomi 2 episodes, 2017
Terry Lewis ...  Old Army Vet 2 episodes, 2017
Molly Shaiken ...  Lesbian 2 episodes, 2017
Elizabeth Melchor Elizabeth Melchor ...  Rally Attendee / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Phillip Joseph Steward ...  Tim 2 episodes, 2017
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A dramatization of the real life San Francisco centered fight for LGBT rights from 1972 to 2015 is presented, the LGBT community which arguably has had the most numerous organized campaigns against them of any minority group to suppress those rights in the United States during that time period. It focuses on the advocacy and other supportive work of four individuals, Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Diane Jones and Ken Jones, whose experiences focus on different aspects of the issue. Cleve's story focuses primarily on the political and legislative fight for gay and ultimately LGBT rights. Roma's story focuses primarily on her fight for women's rights, especially safe places for women, within that where she as a lesbian fits, ultimately a fight for universal health care in San Francisco, and her personal relationships particularly with Diane. Beyond that relationship with Roma, Diane's story focuses on her work as a nurse in caring for AIDS patients, and her want as a lesbian to have a child. ... Written by Huggo

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Maybe we're here for something bigger than ourselves. See more »

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Arliss Howard and Richard Schiff previously appeared together in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). See more »

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Referenced in Match Game: Episode #1.2 (2016) See more »

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Important story, but trite, melodramatic dialogue and mediocre acting disappointed me
31 May 2017 | by kmcginty71See all my reviews

The story is one that's important to tell, but the quality is NO WHERE near "And the Band Played On" or "Milk." The dialogue is trite and forced, and when the "bad guys" (homophobes) speak, they sound like villains straight out of Dragnet. The bad dialogue then prevents these talented actors from giving strong performances. I almost wondered if George Lucas had written the screenplay...

DO watch it; it's important for kids and younger adults today to know this story. But I have to recommend "And the Band Played On" as the better film on the same topic.It was made for HBO with better acting and more believable dialogue, and actually tells you much more about the early days of the AIDS crisis.

I'm very disappointed to see how "network" ABC made this thing; it feels low budget and heavily watered down.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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