Stonewall

Stonewall

Director: Nigel Finch

Cast: Guillermo Diaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis

     
 

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The birth of the gay rights movement gets a fictionalized treatment in this drama based loosely on the acclaimed documentary of the same name by Martin Duberman. In 1969, Matty Dean (Fred Weller) arrives in New York City's Greenwich Village hoping that life there will provide the sexual liberation forbidden to him by his small town upbringing. Matty falls in love with

Overview

The birth of the gay rights movement gets a fictionalized treatment in this drama based loosely on the acclaimed documentary of the same name by Martin Duberman. In 1969, Matty Dean (Fred Weller) arrives in New York City's Greenwich Village hoping that life there will provide the sexual liberation forbidden to him by his small town upbringing. Matty falls in love with LaMiranda (Guillermo Diaz), a cross-dresser who introduces him to the regulars at the infamous Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar. He is shocked, however, to learn that the NYPD regularly raids the Stonewall, harassing the clientele and closeted owner Vinnie (Bruce MacVitte). After one such incident, Matty ends up in jail, where he's attracted to Ethan (Brendan Corbalis), a gay activist preaching a moderate policy of conformity and peaceful protest. The latter is not possible, however, when police storm the Stonewall yet again and, led by Vinnie's lover Bustonia (Duane Boutte), enraged drag queens fight back in a riot of historical significance.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Part historical drama, part gay melodrama and part mythic drag fantasia, Stonewall tries to be too many things at once. Although screenwriter Rikki Beadle Blair and director Nigel Finch deserve credit for not turning the film into a dour political treatise, they lose points for indulging in post-Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert camp. The film is completely upfront about its anachronisms and poetic license, but that doesn't necessarily make them valid artistic choices. That said, the cast works wonders with the all-over-the-place material, especially Guillermo Diaz, who adds another indelible character to his diverse resumé in the form of La Miranda, a cross-dressing prostitute who finds love with Frederick Weller's corn-fed idealist. Duane Boutté, who would go on to appear in the Harlem Renaissance drama Brother to Brother, also excels as Bostonia, a put-upon transsexual whose grief-fuelled defiance helps incite the famous riots. It's fitting that, as with the actual Stonewall uprising, the most powerful element of Stonewall would be the drag queens. Unfortunately, they're thrown into a film that mines them for generic fabulousness as often as it explores their pathos and dignity.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2008
UPC:
0794051290625
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Guillermo Diaz LaMiranda
Frederick Weller Matty Dean
Brendan Corbalis Ethan
Bruce MacVittie Vinnie
Luis Guzman Vito
Peter Ratray Burt
Dwight Ewell Helen Wheels
Matthew Faber Mizz Moxie
Michael McElroy Princess Ernestine
Joey Dedio Angelo
Isaiah Washington Uniformed Cop
Margaret Gibson Agnes
George Rafferty Male Draft Officer
Nicole N. Parker Female Draft Officer
Chuck Preiffer Psychiatrist
Gerry Becker Mattachine Speaker
José Zuñiga Randy
Emmanuel Xuereb Raoul
Doug Barron Waiter
John Ventimiglia Tea Dance Bouncer
Peter Davies Head Waiter
Gabriel Mick Rioter
Aida Turturro Bar Waitress
Steve Itkin Bar Manager
Gaetano LoGiudice Vinnie's Bodyguard
Queen Allyson Allante Stonewall Testimonial
Tim Artz Plainclothes Cop
Duane Boutté Bostonia
Vinnie Capone José/Camelia
Candis Cayne Diva
John Doman Plainclothes Cop
David Drumgold Diva
Bob Kohler Stonewall Testimonial
Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt Stonewall Testimonial
Fenton Lawless Mr August
Keith Levy Diva
Sascha Loren Stonewall Testimonial
Robert Louden Stonewall Testimonial
Joe Mosso Nightstick Cop
Chuck Pfeifer Psychiatrist
Rennie Pincus Desperate Cop
Tony Ray Rossi Vinnie's Bodyguard
Stan Tracy Bar Manager
Rusty Wicker Stonewall Testimonial

Technical Credits
Nigel Finch Director
Coll Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Kerry Barden Casting
Rikki Beadle-Blair Screenwriter
Ruth Caleb Producer
Michael Clancy Costumes/Costume Designer
Therese DePrez Production Designer
George Faber Executive Producer
Charles Ford Set Decoration/Design
Billy Hopkins Casting
Michael Kamen Score Composer,Songwriter
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Jason Rail Makeup
John Richards Editor
Chris Seager Cinematographer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Christine Vachon Producer
Anthony Wall Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stonewall
1. My Legend [7:46]
2. The Stonewall Inn [9:32]
3. Thank You [5:08]
4. Dress-Code and Conduct [8:30]
5. Welcome Into the Life [10:58]
6. My Hero [7:16]
7. Meet the Press [7:34]
8. A Merry Dance [7:12]
9. Sophisticated Boom Boom [6:25]
10. Heaven or Hell [8:33]
11. Keeping On [5:15]
12. The Riot [10:14]

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