Our Rating: ★★★★½
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer (Glenn Close) was involuntarily discharged from the Army for being a lesbian. This is her story.
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Year: 1995
Duration: 91 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Jeff Bleckner
Writer: Alison Cross
Starring: Glenn Close, Judy Davis, Jan Rubes, Wendy Makkena, Susan Barnes, William Converse-Roberts, Colleen Flynn, William Allen Young, Kevin McNulty, Vic Polizos, Eric Dane, Molly Parker, Trevor St. John, Ryan Reynolds, Lance Robinson

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Serving in Silence The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story

Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer was a 25 year Army veteran, Chief Nurse of the Washington State National Guard, a recipient of the Bronze Star in Vietnam, and named Nurse of the Year by the Department of Veterans Affairs. But in 1989 during an interview for top-secret clearance, she honestly told the military that she was a lesbian.

Grethe is involuntarily discharged, but doesn’t take this discrimination lying down. With the support of her partner Diane, her father and four sons, Colonel Cammermeyer challenges the existing ban on homosexuals in the military.

This outstanding film is her true story, with Glenn Close portraying Grethe as she falls in love with Diane (Judy Davis, Gaudi Afternoon), comes out to her family, and risks it all by going public and becoming a real hero to the lgbt community. Although Colonel Cammermeyer is an amazing woman, who also receives her Ph.D. during the course of the story, she’s also a real person, played brilliantly by Close.

After a long legal battle, courts later ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, and Grethe was reinstated in the National Guard. This was the same year that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ became official US policy. Although now retired, she continues to speak out so that others may serve openly. Produced by Barbra Streisand and Close, the made for television film received three Emmy Awards and a GLAAD Media Award. (AB)