The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson uses its belated investigation into an activist's murder as the framework for a sobering look at the ongoing battle for equal rights.

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Filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of transgender legend Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Originally ruled a suicide, many in the community believe she was murdered.

Cast & Crew

David France
Screenwriter
Mark Blane
Screenwriter
Alan Getz
Executive Producer
Sara Ramirez
Executive Producer
Joy A. Tomchin
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Stan Tomchin
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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (1)

  • Death is what leads the title and drives the movie. But it's her life - vibrant, pioneering, and much too short - that gives Marsha its flamboyant, beautiful heart.

    October 6, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • In the end, "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" never really offers the closure that it is looking for so determinedly - but then, closure is kind of a myth, anyway.

    October 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie reminds the viewer how far we've come, but also how far we have yet to go.

    October 6, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Works powerfully as a rallying cry for tolerance, love and understanding.

    October 5, 2017 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

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  • Along the way, a sobering history of the gay rights movement is rendered through the lens of long-suffering transgender activists.

    October 5, 2017 | Full Review…
  • If Marsha P. fades from the film (there is not enough great footage of her, I guess, although enough to suggest she could be irresistible), the sense of vulnerability she projects permeates the rest of the movie.

    October 5, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 05, 2017
    Interweaving a few different (but related) threads in a very cohesive and well-edited way, David France exposes the important legacy of the true frontliners of the LGBT movement, who were pushed aside but without whom there would have been no gay liberation movement.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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