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Stonewall (1996)




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In the late 1960s, a young gay man comes to New York in search of happiness, only to find himself torn between the world of the drag queens and the more conservative gay activists. This fact-based drama culminates with the Stonewall riots, a milestone in the history of gay rights.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama
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Guillermo Díaz
as LaMiranda
Frederick Weller
as Matty Dean
Bruce MacVittie
as Skinny Vinnie
Matthew Faber
as Mizz Moxie
Dwight Ewell
as Helen Wheels
Michael McElroy
as Princess Ernestine
Joey Dedio
as Angelo
George Rafferty
as Male Draft Officer
Nicole N. Parker
as Female Draft Officer
Chuck Preiffer
as Psychiatrist
Gerry Becker
as Mattachine Speaker
Jose Zuniga
as Randy
Doug Barron
as Waiter
John Ventimiglia
as Tea Dance Bouncer
Peter Davies
as Head Waiter
Gabriel Mick
as Rioter
Aida Turturro
as Bar Waitress
Steve Itkin
as Bar Manager
Gaetano LoGiudice
as Vinnie's Bodyguard
Queen Allyson Allante
as Stonewall Testimonial
Tim Artz
as Plainclothes Cop
Duane Boutté
as Bostonia
Vinnie Capone
as José/Camelia
John Doman
as Plainclothes Cop
Bob Kohler
as Stonewall Testimonial
Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt
as Stonewall Testimonial
Fenton Lawless
as Mr August
Keith Levy
as Diva
Sascha Loren
as Stonewall Testimonial
Robert Louden
as Stonewall Testimonial
Joe Mosso
as Nightstick Cop
Chuck Pfeifer
as Psychiatrist
Rennie Pincus
as Desperate Cop
Stan Tracy
as Bar Manager
Rusty Wicker
as Stonewall Testimonial
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Critic Reviews for Stonewall

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

As directed by Nigel Finch (who died of AIDS in post-production), this musical drama takes the tumultuous events of 1969 (the gay riots, Judy Garland's death) and molds them into a touching, significant feature.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006

Audience Reviews for Stonewall

Nigel Finch's 1996 fictionalization of the Uprising is a celebration of the mythology of the events. Employing just about the most ridiculously clichéd narrative imaginable - a corn-fed Iowa hunk moves to the big city with stars in his eyes, is shown the ropes by a click of fabulous Greenwich Village drag queens, falls into a relationship with a conflicted prostitute named La Miranda, and then they all participate in the riotous events of June, 1969 - Finch's film is not trying too hard for verisimilitude.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

(from The Watermark 11/23/96) A semi-fictional story about the famous 1969 riots which helped begin the modern gay movement, Stonewall is both thought-provoking and entertaining. A young gay midwesterner moves to Greenwich Village to be free to express his sexuality. But all he finds is a plethora of gay clubs that are constantly terrorized and raided by the police. He becomes romantically involved with a drag queen, and joins a political committee which is forming to promote equal rights for homosexuals. The organization has strict rules about conservative appearance and visibility which make him feel he must turn away from his bangled boyfriend if he wants to pursue The Cause. It is a familiar love story that puts a nice personal spin on an important piece of our history. It then adds a cute dimension of fun by punctuating the plot points with drag queens lip-synching obscure 1960's girl tunes. Not only does it stand as dramatic documentation of how far our movement has come, Stonewall is also an eye-opening reminder of how much farther we need to go, and how we will never achieve our goals without unifying our own community.

David Almeida
David Almeida

Suprisingly decent movie considering that about $10 was spent to make it. The Stonewall "riot" is an important event for many people, and there should be better stories told about it. Until then, there's this.

Jack Lechelt
Jack Lechelt

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