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Year: 1995
Country: United Kingdom
Run Time: 99 minutes


For all its period zing, the issues in Nigel Finch's colorful dramatization of the landmark 1969 Stonewall riots in New York remain as pertinent today as ever. Matty Dean (Fred Weller) arrives in New York, determined to join the gay liberation cause. He becomes involved with a group of drag queens who hang out at the regularly-busted Stonewall Bar, and with a conservative group of homosexual activitists who actively provoke police confrontation. But this confrontation proves hard in the liberal atmosphere of 1960s New York, and only in the Stonewall Bar, among the drag queens who eschew them as troublemakers, can these white collar rebels get the ban they seek. Here, in this astutely observed gay underworld, both sides find the police brutality they need to spark their simmering cause into violent inferno. A wonderful, high-camp frolic and witty political drama, STONEWALL's humor and panache take it right onto Main Street.

- Oscar Moore, London Film Festival

Rikki Beadle Blair (fictionalized from the book by Martin Duberman)

Nigel Finch

Christine Vachon, Ruth Caleb

Chris Seager

John Richards

Principal Cast
Guillermo Diaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis, Bruce MacVittie

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