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Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995)

The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.

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Jeff Bleckner

Writer:

Alison Cross
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer
Judy Davis ... Diane
Jan Rubes ... Far
Wendy Makkena ... Mary Newcombe
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Capt. Kern
William Converse-Roberts
Colleen Flynn
William Allen Young
Kevin McNulty
Vic Polizos ... Jim
Eric Dane ... Matt
Molly Parker ... Lynette
Trevor St. John ... David
Ryan Reynolds ... Andy
Lance Robinson Lance Robinson ... Tom
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Storyline

Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer has served in the army for over twenty years. She's just fallen in love with an artist she's met, she's going for a PhD, and has a job at the VA hospital, as well as in the reserves. She decides to upgrade her security rating, with an eye toward promotion, and during the interview, she tells the investigator that she is a lesbian. The army begins proceedings to discharge her. And with the support of her family, her lover, (and LAMBDA), she decides to fight for her right to serve. Written by Kathy Li

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There is no greater right than the freedom to love. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serving in Silence See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Col. Cammermeyer's son Andy, played by Ryan Reynolds in the movie, was killed in a snowmobiling accident in Washington State on March 02, 2007. See more »

Goofs

When Greta is on the way to pick her boys up, the rear view mirror is visible on the windscreen. During the car ride, it has disappeared, then when they pull up to the house, it is back on the windscreen. See more »

Quotes

Vet: Do you know what the most important thing is to an infantryman?
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: His weapon.
Vet: His Buddy. You can be my buddy and share my foxhole any time, Colonel.
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Referenced in Queer as Folk: Proposal of Two Kinds (2004) See more »

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A true-life story about an inspiring lady. A 'Must See.'
21 December 2001 | by happytwatSee all my reviews

Yes, we have heard of Dr. Cammermeyer in Australia! She is an inspiring lady and this television movie is a fascinating insight, despite lacking in much of the detail, into her struggle with archaic laws and red tape.

We also get just a glimpse into Dr. Cammermeyer's personal and family life, as well as an opportunity to learn something of the true nature of homosexuality and the life of the homosexual.

This movie is a MUST SEE for everyone, whatever your views might be on this subject. You won't get a hard-sell on the so-called 'gay lifestyle,' but you will gain a greater understanding of the personal side of this issue ... and a greater appreciation for a lady of conscience who couldn't help but pursue truth.

As for the actors, Glenn Close does a fine job and is convincing in the title role. And I always enjoy watching my fellow Aussie, Judy Davis.

Get the video for your next gathering of Homophobics Anonymous.


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