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Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995)

The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.

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Jeff Bleckner

Writer:

Alison Cross
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer
Judy Davis ... Diane
Jan Rubes ... Far
Wendy Makkena ... Mary Newcombe
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Capt. Kern
William Converse-Roberts
Colleen Flynn
William Allen Young
Kevin McNulty
Vic Polizos ... Jim
Eric Dane ... Matt
Molly Parker ... Lynette
Trevor St. John ... David
Ryan Reynolds ... Andy
Lance Robinson Lance Robinson ... Tom
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Storyline

Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer has served in the army for over twenty years. She's just fallen in love with an artist she's met, she's going for a PhD, and has a job at the VA hospital, as well as in the reserves. She decides to upgrade her security rating, with an eye toward promotion, and during the interview, she tells the investigator that she is a lesbian. The army begins proceedings to discharge her. And with the support of her family, her lover, (and LAMBDA), she decides to fight for her right to serve. Written by Kathy Li

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There is no greater right than the freedom to love. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serving in Silence See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Col. Cammermeyer's son Andy, played by Ryan Reynolds in the movie, was killed in a snowmobiling accident in Washington State on March 02, 2007. See more »

Goofs

Diane picks up a light blue shirt to fold. The shot changes and she's folding a bark blue shirt, then picks up the light blue shirt again. See more »

Quotes

Far: Do you know why i never hugged my sons?
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: You didn't want to.
Far: I did. I was afraid they would become homosexuals.
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: And you ended up with one anyway. At least it was only your daughter.
Far: Are you blaming me?
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer: [after a short silence] You missed so much.
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Referenced in A Family Affair (2001) See more »

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A wonderful movie about a wonderful mother and soldier
5 July 1999 | by catwoodSee all my reviews

I have met Grethe Cammermeyer, she has ridden in my car, and she has teased me. This movie does not bring to the viewer the depth of passion that she brings to her fight for Civil Rights. I think those that watch it can learn a lot about the fight that many people go through to feel comfortable in their lives. Well worth watching.


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