Freeheld

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Freeheld certainly means well, but its cardboard characters and by-the-numbers drama undermine its noble intentions.

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Diagnosed with terminal cancer, decorated New Jersey detective Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) wishes to leave her pension benefits to domestic partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page). Denied by local county officials, Laurel receives help from hard-nosed colleague Dane Wells (Michael Shannon) and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), who unite to rally fellow police officers and ordinary citizens to support the couple's fight for equality.

Cast

Julianne Moore
as Laurel Hester
Ellen Page
as Stacie Andree
Michael Shannon
as Dane Wells
Steve Carell
as Steven Goldstein
Josh Charles
as Bryan Kelder
Luke Grimes
as Todd Belkin
Mary Birdsong
as Carol Andree
Gabriel Luna
as Quesada
Skipp Sudduth
as Reynolds
Tom McGowan
as Bill Johnson
William Sadler
as Peter Santucci
Kevin O'Rourke
as Dan Wickery
Adam LeFevre
as Don Bennett
Melody Krell
as Stacie's Teammate
Suzanne Savoy
as Town Clerk
Kelly Deadmon
as Lynda Hester
Mary Joy
as Estelle
Chris Skeries
as Protester
Karl Jacob
as Jeeter
Mina Sundwall
as Maya Kelder
Ice Aysun Leidl
as Stacie's Teammate
Dane B. Wells
as Honor Guard
Joe Diomede
as Derrick
Jessica Pressman
as TV Reporter
Susan Merson
as Harriet
Henny Russell
as Dr. Sarah Tonner
Oliver Solomon
as Security Guard
Tom Place
as Driver of Jeep
Jess Jacobs
as Stacie's Team Member
Portia Reiners
as Chrisy Miller
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  • Oct 04, 2016
    http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/freeheld-dir-peter-sollett-2015.html
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2016
    An emotional tribute-film to Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. They were a gay couple, who reluctantly turn activists, when Hester was denied the ability to assign her death benefits to her partner, Andree. The acting is stellar if the direction is not. The storyline takes a predictable note, but none of that matters. By the time you see photographs of the real Hester and Andree at the end of the movie, you'll be wiping away tears.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2016
    Heartfelt and heartrending, "Freeheld" is a real tearjerker of injustice, loss and hope. The dialogue lacks inspiration, but the intimate acting of Moore and Page make up for it.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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