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Stonewall (1995)

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A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.

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Nigel Finch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Díaz ... La Miranda
Frederick Weller ... Matty Dean
Brendan Corbalis Brendan Corbalis ... Ethan
Duane Boutte ... Bostonia
Bruce MacVittie ... Vinnie
Peter Ratray Peter Ratray ... Burt
Dwight Ewell Dwight Ewell ... Helen Wheels
Matthew Faber ... Mizz Moxie
Michael McElroy Michael McElroy ... Princess Ernestine
Luis Guzmán ... Vito (as Luiz Guzman)
Joey Dedio ... Angelo
Tim Artz Tim Artz ... Plainclothes Cop
Isaiah Washington ... Uniformed Cop
Candis Cayne ... Diva
David Drumgold ... Diva
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Storyline

Who could have guessed that a bunch of men in dresses would breath life into the movement to win equal rights for gay men and lesbians? Certainly not the police who raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular "drag" bar in Greenwich Village. After a long history of police raids, extortion, and brutality, a gaggle of drag queens at the Stonewall decide they have had enough and begin to riot when the police try to load them into a paddy wagon. Told by "La Miranda" (Hector), a regular customer at the Stonewall Inn, the film is a recounting of events that led up to that fateful day in 1969. "Matty Dean" is the handsome angry young man that La Miranda meets at the Stonewall one day and with whom she/he quickly falls in love. "Bostonia" is the self-styled Queen Mother of the drag queens and guides each initiate gently "into the life." Her lover, Vinnie, is the closeted proprietor of the Stonewall. His tragic response to the suffocation he feels bearing down on him from a homophobic world -- perhaps... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Between maleness and femaleness, there's . . . FABULOUSNESS ! [Australia theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Стоунвол See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,052, 28 July 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$616,248, 29 September 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Christian Borle, who appears in an uncredited role as a bar patron. See more »

Goofs

The sip-in depicted took place in 1966, not 1969. It was not the Stonewall Inn that refused service, but a bar called Julius (which is shown as the sip-in's first stop in the film). See more »

Quotes

Vito: Okay, girls. We see ID, or we see blood.
La Miranda: Here's my ID, baby. You recognize?
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Down the Aisle
Written by A. Levinson
By permission with Peter Bennett/King of Rock 'N' Roll Music Inc.
Performed by Patti LaBelle (as Patti LaBelle and The BlueBelles)
Courtesy of Peter Bennett/King of Rock 'N' Roll Music Inc.
Licensed by Reid Whitelaw Productions
By arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Fictional
29 June 2004 | by YourAsstSee all my reviews

While Stonewall hits upon some facts about the Stonewall Riots, it is pretty much based upon fiction. Much of this movie is apocryphal. For example, the who idea that the Stonewall Riots were somehow influenced by Judy Garland's death was suggested by the homophobic police-- as a bigoted joke.

New research shows that the Stonewall Riots were started by what most people would classify as sissies from nearby bars after hearing that police were beating up Stonewall patrons. There weren't very many drag queens allowed in the Stonewall.

The police who conducted the bust were not from the precinct that was in charge of the area; but a separate group dealing with morals violation. In fact, once barricaded inside the bar, they called for help, but the Sixth Precint wouldn't help, having already been paid off by the mob who owned the bar.


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