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Soldier's Girl (2003)

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The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer.

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Frank Pierson

Writer:

Ron Nyswaner
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Troy Garity ... Barry Winchell
Lee Pace ... Calpernia Addams
Andre Braugher ... Sergeant Carlos Diaz
Shawn Hatosy ... Justin Fisher
Philip Eddolls Philip Eddolls ... Calvin Glover
Merwin Mondesir ... Henry Millens
Dan Petronijevic ... Collin Baker (as Daniel Petronijevic)
Mike Realba ... Edgar Martinez
Jeanie Calleja ... Ashley Martinez
Barclay Hope ... Sergeant Howard Paxton
Tulsi Balram Tulsi Balram ... Ginger
Vince Corazza ... Lester
Kathryn Zenna ... Female Guard
Kent Staines ... Mistress of Ceremonies
Sofonda Sofonda ... Midnight Express
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The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer.

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True story of an unexpected love...and an unforgivable crime. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, a scene of strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier's Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Barrie, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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The character of Ginger is played by female impersonator Tulsi Balram who would go on to become Miss Continental 1998. Her character is based on a cross between Calpernia's then roommate Chyna (Charles Tubbs) and Regine Phillips who has tried unsuccessfully to win the Miss Continental title. See more »

Goofs

During the first scene in the nightclub, when Calpernia leans backwards over the table, the prosthetic breast appliance worn by Lee Pace visibly puckers and separates twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mistress of Ceremonies: Ladies and gentlemen, and all of the rest of you... Welcome to the Miss Tennessee Entertainer of the Year Pageant.
[applause]
Mistress of Ceremonies: If you take a girl home tonight, and you find that her clitoris is just a touch too prominent and her ovaries are hanging really low, you might have ended up with one of our contestants.
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Crazy Credits

Calpernia Addams has completed her sex-reassignment surgery. She now works in hospital administration in Los Angeles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conversation with Calpernia (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Fever
Written by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport) and Eddie Cooley (as Eddie J. Cooley)
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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A beautiful love story.
3 August 2004 | by DameFluxSee all my reviews

This is a film that will challenge your definition of gender and redefine the meaning of love. The true life story of Calpernia Addams and her successful yet tragic relationship with the soldier who fell in love with her, Barry Winchell. First , this is one of the best films I have ever seen. Originally made for HBO it could easily have made the big screen. Frank Pierson directs with a gentle hand and delivers poetry to vehicle that could have been awkward in anothers hands. Ron Nyswaner's script is sharp and deep so Pierson is well backed.

The cast is killer . Troy Garity delivers a surprisingly subtle portrayal of the soldier Barry Winchell. Barry is not an intellectual but far more emotionally intelligent than those around him. He falls in love with an exotic transsexual dancer Calpernia Addams for all the reasons a man usually does for any woman. She is smart , beautiful and underneath the dancers facade a true woman who yearns for someone to care for.

Lee Pace who plays Calpernia faced a huge challenge in that he really is a man but he is so powerful an actor that it takes only moments to convince you the heart of this character is truly a woman's. A classically trained actor Pace finds a way to give Calpernia both the accurate movement of a woman yet the fragile heart of a romantic in danger . I hope that Paces future is not stunted by this role because after delivering this kind of performance it will be really hard to top it. Pace manifests Calpernia so well it defies his physical reality . That feat is beyond most Hollywood actors period.

Added to the mix is the macho soldier named Justin Fisher who befriends Barry only to become the cause of his demise. . A hardcore soldier who drugs himself to keep up with the demands of being the best of the best Fisher is himself both a homophobe , jealous competitor for Barry's attention and dangerously loose cannon . Played by Shawn Hatosy the performance is pretty stunning. I swear I have known guys like this in my life. Shawn delivers Fisher with incredible rawness and realism. A macho redneck with disturbing secrets. You will hate Fisher and yet pity how pathetic he is as a human being he is . Brilliant work. Very rare. Hatosy gives a perfect delivery.

Last is the new arrival Calvin Glover , a wet behind the ears soldier that Fisher easily dupes into carrying out his vengeance against Barry. Played by Philip Eddolls the team of Fisher and Glover fits perfectly . Fisher the power to dominate and Glover his easily manipulated puppet. Too stupid to even grasp the seriousness of his crime Glover is someone you will recognize . Eddolls doesn't hold back anything in trying to give us Glovers small man complex.

If you are homophobic at all you will probably not like this movie but if you believe that love transcends the physical genders we are given you will be moved. Despite finding this DVD in the "gay " section of Amazon.com this is truly love story between a man and a woman. Well worth watching. A+


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