Coming Out Under Fire (1994)





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Innumerable homosexual men and women served honorably (and unnoticed) in the armed forces of the United States during World War II, while a great many others were swept up in anti-homosexual dragnets and entrapment schemes. This documentary interviews survivors of both kinds, and shows how it required tremendous courage and determination to cope with the society they found themselves in. Among the highlights are revelations of the ways these individuals had for identifying each other more or less safely, and the efforts many took to ensure that they would be able to serve their country in its time of need, despite the dangers of stigmatization or worse. The documentary is framed by the 1993 U.S. congressional hearings which resulted in the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays in the armed services, a policy which was calculated to please no one and which was predicted to be a failure before it ever began, opening the gates once more on service-wide anti-homosexual entrapment schemes.
Documentary , Special Interest
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DeepFocus Productions


Salome Jens
as Narrator

Critic Reviews for Coming Out Under Fire

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Dong's significant docu contributes to the debate of gays and lesbians in the military by viewing the issue from vantage personal and historical perspectives, focusing on some undaunted homosexual soldiers who had served in WWII.

Full Review… | August 2, 2006
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May 8, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

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January 7, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Coming Out Under Fire

A fascinating and well produced documentary. Very informative and thought provoking. Good interviews and you get to know them and feel for them. Great footage from the 1940's.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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