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The executive producer of Paris is Burning, Nigel Finch, offers a new film with love in its heart, respect on its mind, and pumps on its feet. With a great soundtrack featuring the music of The Shangri-Las, Patti LaBelle and Judy Garland, Stonewall mixes a lip-syncing chorus with a Midnight Cowboy sensibility. Its story follows Matty Dean, a self-made hustler who moves to New York's Greenwich Village to find himself. Instead, he finds love with a transvestite named La Miranda, rage with the attitudes of the local police, and an absolute belief that one man can make a difference. Stonewall - the characters may be fictional, but the story is real. This was the night when America came out of the closet.

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Studio Warner
SKU 207336491
UPC 794051290625
UPC 14 00794051290625
Format DVD
Release Date 5/27/2008
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Diaz,Guillermo
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Brendan Corbalis - Actor
Bruce MacVittie - Actor
Chris Seager - Cinematographer
Fred Weller - Actor
George Faber - Executive Producer
Guillermo Diaz - Actor
John Richards - Editor
Martin Duberman - Based On Novel By
Michael Kamen - Musical Score
Michael Kamen - Original Music By
Nigel Finch - Director
Rikki Beadle Blair - Screenplay
Ruth Caleb - Producer
Therese DePrez - Production Designer
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Review "Stonewall" was an important name in both the American Civil War and the American gay civil rights movement. While, for the former, it was a person (General "Stonewall" Jackson), for the latter, it was a place (New York's Stonewall Inn). Stonewall, the final feature film from British director Nigel Finch (who died of AIDS-related complications while editing the picture), deals with the place, not the person. Using fictional characters but real events, this movie takes its audience back to the summer of 1969 and the events leading up to the so-called "Stonewall Riots", when a group of drag queens fought back against police brutality...Stonewall is not intended to be a history lesson; the time frame and setting are necessary to the story, but they are subordinate to the characters. Some of the subplots work; some don't. Bostonia and Vinnie's relationship is incomplete, especially in the shadow of the far better- developed interaction between Matty and La Miranda. The believability of these two anchors the film, preventing Stonewall from ever becoming too outrageous or seeming too preachy. We sympathize with the cause not because of rhetoric, but because we care about the characters. Undoubtedly, that's one reason why this motion picture succeeds.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Features
Aspect Ratio 1.95:1, DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Diaz,Guillermo
Label BBC Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Barry Walters, San Francisco Examiner ...transcends history with a playful, poetic sense of mythology...The dialogue is as astute as it is amusing.
The New York Times Swivels glitteringly to life!

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