Stonewall Uprising (2010)



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"It was the Rosa Parks moment," says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement. Told by Stonewall patrons, Village Voice reporters and the cop who led the raid, STONEWALL UPRISING compellingly recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant. A treasure-trove of archival footage gives life to this all-too-recent reality, a time when Mike Wallace announced on a 1966 CBS Reports: "The average homosexual, if there be such, is promiscuous. He is not interested in, nor capable of, a lasting relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage." At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history. -- (C) First Run Features
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For a movie about a groundbreaking gay rebellion, Stonewall Uprising plays it much too straight.

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Washington Post
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It comes alive through the memories of those who were there.

July 29, 2010
Seattle Times
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On the one hand, Stonewall Uprising shows how far we've come toward enlightenment and tolerance since that hot June night. On the other, it reminds us that there are still many minds to change and rights to win.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film does a sturdy job of placing the clash in historical context.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Pplaces the incident within the context of the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s with PBS-caliber tact and compassion.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Stonewall Uprising is an important documentary -- and a passionate and compassionate reconstruction of the historic standoff between police and pubcrawlers.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A good, solid documentary about the Stonewall Uprising and the beginnings of the gay rights movement.

Natalie Metzger
Natalie Metzger

The film does a sturdy job of placing the clash in historical context. Interesting about something not publicized very much.

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris

Most of it is familiar territory, but its nice to hear people who were there retell their story about what it was like rather than just a bunch of historians discussing its significance. We know it was the turning point, but to listen to gay men and women describe how and why they were pushed to the breaking point is pretty interesting.

Alec Barniskis
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