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Stonewall

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5.42 h 9 min2015R
Passions and politics make a volatile mix in this dynamic drama directed by Roland Emmerich that follows the events that led to the birth of the modern Gay Rights movement.
Directors
Roland Emmerich
Starring
Jeremy IrvineJohnathan Rhys MeyersJonny Beaucamp
Genres
Drama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Joey KingCaleb Landry JonesRon Perlman
Producers
Ronald Emmerich
Studio
Drama
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

583 global ratings

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  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
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Trevor HendersonReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fighting for human rights in the summer of love
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Touching story of survival and the fight for U.S. Constitutional rights & dignity revolving around an Indiana small town high school senior, Danny (Jeremy Irvine), betrayed by his long-term lover & his parents when he is outed. So he goes to Manhattan's Greenwich Village because he will be going to Columbia University that Fall.

A Puerto Rican transvestite hustler and other "street kids" help Danny survive. At least two major characters connected with the "street kids" are African American transvestites.

They all are at the Stonewall Inn the night of the riots and become active participants demanding their U.S. Constitutional rights and the end to police brutality, arbitrary arrests, and harassment.

They also demand the end to mob control of gay bars in Greenwich Village as well as police protection from violence, including murder. Supposedly the police raid that triggered the riot is because the police were looking for the Stonewall Inn manager who is suspected of involvement in the brutal murder of a young male hustler.

Just as the Stonewall Inn at that time was known for hustlers and transvestite clientele the movie also features these subgroups.

The movie also features lesbians including one who is repeatedly arrested by the police. There is a funny scene in which she repeatedly tries to escape from a police car.

Danny's relationship with his sister is particularly touching. Danny's ex-lover and mother seem to want to do the right thing by Danny but are stymied by their own fear. Danny's father seems torn by his bigotry and concern for his son.

The movie fleshes out the causes and consequences of the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots.
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Darth SidiousReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie with an outstanding cast
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I am puzzled by the overwhelming hostility towards this movie. This is an excellent movie with a good story and an outstanding cast. The production quality of this movie is definitely among the highest of gay-themed movies. I know first hand that it is very difficult for a gay movie to obtain significant funding and support from the big studios and I am glad Roland Emmerich was able to do so. There are some historical inaccuracies, but we should keep in mind that this isn't a documentary film. I certainly would not hold it against this movie. As an actor, Jeremy Irvine certainly has come a long way since his War Horse days. His portrayal of a small town boy growing up in the 60s is quite convincing to me. I still remember the feeling when I first moved to NYC.
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MiteMsispeReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I'd Say This Is an Accurated Depiction of Stonewall.
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We enjoyed this movie a great deal. I heard for decades about the drag queens ripping parking meters from the street and ramming the door of the Stonewall Inn. I felt like this movie captured the brutality and harassment that gay men and women experienced in the 60's and I myself, to a somewhat lesser extent, experienced in the late 70's in Texas. The police and mob corruption surrounding gay establishments appeared to be realistically portrayed here as well as well as the treatment of the community by the cops. The fact that so many youthful gay men and women were kicked out of their homes by their families was real and unbelievably continues to be the case to this day. I must admit that I felt a great deal of pride when the young protagonist, Danny, yelled out "Gay Pride" accompanied with a fist pump. I have been the Christopher street and have seen Stonewall Inn in person and this complemented that visit very well.
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REV VINCENTReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
good looking. He fits that "country boy" look well
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"Stonewall" speaks to the watershed moment in America's gay history. The pent up rage and anger that homosexuals had felt and experienced over decades was unleashed, finally. The issues that faced gays at that time, and even experience sometimes in today's more enlightened culture, are deftly covered. Jeremy Irvine, the star, is exceptionally handsome, good looking. He fits that "country boy" look well. The family difficulties Irvine portrays as Danny are found even in today's world. Parental rejection of gay youth is the beyond painful. That Danny was outed by his athlete love was and still is too common. The script of "Stonewall" is well conceived, touching upon the multiple layers of challenge, pain and joy that are felt among the LGBTQ across the globe. "Stonewall" remains relevant even now, several years after it production.
Critical MassReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
THE BEGINNING OF GAY PRIDE, GAY POWER, & GAY RIGHTS
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As impactive and realistic as this movie was, for one who witnessed all this from a mere block+ away, I can attest to the fact that the reality of the situation was far worse. I happened to be passing by with a friend while visiting NYC in June of 1969 when all hell broke loose. At first, I wasn't sure what was happening and my friend grabbed me by the arm and insisted we get far away lest the melee expand further out in our direction. The police were absolutely brutal; and with their swinging clubs could have given the Nazi Gestapo a run for its money. The only thing missing were German Shepherd dogs. The newly gay "army" responded with equal force. It wasn't until the next day that the newspapers revealed some of what happened. Basically, the gays in that area had had enough and weren't going to put up with being brutalized any more by individuals who should have been protecting them and were on the dole to boot. There's no telling how many might have fully guessed the full significance of STONEWALL (named after the local bar in that area) but it turned out to be a seminal moment in the history of American gay rights (brilliantly summed up and presented by Jonathan Rhys Meyers - who played the character of Trevor - after the film was over in a DVD extra interview). Directed by Roland Emmerich - who admitted to being gay in his commentary - this film did NOT come off as a documentary but rather a tragic human interest story where a needlessly suppressed segment of our population finally said "enough is enough!". It had a "you are there" look and feeling with a

superb cast ranging from Jeremy Irvine (Waterhorse, etc.) who seemed to be playing the composite part of an "every(gay)man". (As a British actor, he excelled at effecting a mid-Western American accent and persona from Indiana.) His role is central and critical to the
entire story. There was also a laudatory performance by Jonny Beauchamp (Penny Dreadful, etc.) as a sometime drag queen and boy out for hire who becomes Irvine's best friend and "tutor", initiating him into the confined gay world of pre-Stonewall days. There is also Jonathan Rhys Meyers (another British actor known for playing Henry VIII in The Tudors) who convincingly plays the head of the regional Mattachine Society and thought that the road to the advancement of Gay Rights was through peaceful means. Ron Perlman
(Hell Boy, etc.) as a scurrilous club owner and sometime "pimp" who later on does a 180 degree turn is also exceedingly well played. The entire supporting cast must be given individual and collective kudos as well. This is not a film for the squeamish with its sex,
language, duplicity, vulgarity, and brutality. But it is what it was and should be carefully scrutinized for what America was like (and still is in too many sectors) a mere 45+ years ago. It is like a group "coming out" story that ultimately obliterated the closet, the house
which contained it, and allowed the sunlight to illuminate the cave of oppressive darkness that had imprisoned and crushed so many.
22 people found this helpful
Russell SReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a movie not a documentary
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First of all, Jeremy Irvine is one really gorgeous man. So handsome and so sweet. Okay having said that, this movie takes place starting about 3 months before the Stonewall riots. WE have some stories (i think more fiction) but there are some very real people who were there. This shows the horror of what the cops did and even organized crime was in on this travesty of any kind of justice. Watch this movie and I think you will understand how Stonewall happened, people can only be pushed just so far before they fight back. Very good movie and very much worth watching. For everyone,.
Jackson R SteeleReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Buy This If You Want a Good Representation of Rampant Persecution in the Sixties
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This is a far better movie than the critics tell you and those who would re-write history would have you believe.
I was 18 years old and in the Navy.
I was walking the tightrope of service and gay.
This is very much how it was.
Don't listen to the folks who would have you believe that white gay men had little to do with Stonewall Riots.
The riot represents the diversity of folks who said enough that night.
This is an outstanding movie.
RyanCTReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good...but missed the point
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I am very grateful that the film attempts to retell to he story to a new generation. That being said, it portrayed the struggle as a fun musical game...that's like putting the Civil War to music and having the two sides tap dance to an understanding.
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