Stonewall

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Historical

Far too loosely based on Stonewall, Martin Duberman's expert account of the gay rights movement, this crude fictionalization of the events leading up to the momentous 1969 riot at the Stonewall Inn -- generally considered the movement's starting point -- peters out long before the first brickbat is thrown. Young, idealistic Matty Dean (Frederick Weller)...read more

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Far too loosely based on Stonewall, Martin Duberman's expert account of the gay rights movement, this crude fictionalization of the events leading up to the momentous 1969 riot at the Stonewall Inn -- generally considered the movement's starting point --

peters out long before the first brickbat is thrown. Young, idealistic Matty Dean (Frederick Weller) arrives in swinging Greenwich Village in search of the sexual freedom his small town youth denied him. Matty finds love in the cross-dressed form of LaMiranda (Guillermo Diaz), denizen of the

disreputable Stonewall Inn, but must also face an ugly reality: police shakedowns of gay bars and the brutal harassment of their clientele, particularly drag queens. Persuaded by potential new boyfriend Ethan (Brendan Corbalis), Matty becomes involved with the Homophile Society, an elitist gay

rights organization whose hopelessly ineffective tactics are based more on conformity and overly civil action than direct confrontation (a truly unfair caricature of the real-life -- and quite heroic -- Mattachine Society). Ultimately, the film gets bogged down in the uninteresting soap opera of

Matty's love life, while historical events are carelessly telescoped to the point of inaccuracy. When the riot finally occurs, it feels like an afterthought.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Far too loosely based on Stonewall, Martin Duberman's expert account of the gay rights movement, this crude fictionalization of the events leading up to the momentous 1969 riot at the Stonewall Inn -- generally considered the movement's starting point --… (more)

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