Landmark lesbian film SERVING IN SILENCE Out on DVD
August 23, 2006, 4:36 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

Mark your calenders: the landmark network film SERVING IN SILENCE: The MARGARETHE CAMMERMEYER STORY will be released on DVD September 12.

Executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Barbra Streisand and Academy Award® Nominee Glenn Close, the film stars Glenn Close as Margarethe Cammermeyer Judy Davis as her girlfriend.

The film is based on the autobiography of Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer entitled SERVING IN SILENCE, which tells her story of coming out as a lesbian at mid-life after being married and having two kids, falling in love with another woman, and being kicked out of the army after 20 years of faithful service for being openly gay.

As Margarethe Cammermeyer states in SERVING IN SILENCE, “People ask, ‘Who are you?’ We are their daughters, their sisters, their sons, their nurses, their mechanics, their athletes, their police. We’re your doctors, your fathers, your politicians, your soldiers, your mothers, your friends. We live with you, we care for you, protect you, teach you, love you and need you. All we ask is that you let us.”

Debuting on NBC February 5, 1995, SERVING IN SILENCE was a ratings blockbuster and was showered with praise, ultimately garnering a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie, three Golden Globe nominations (Best Movie, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress) and six Emmy nominations with three wins, with Close garnering Best Actress, Davis taking Best Supporting Actress and Alison Cross nabbing Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Movie, Miniseries or a Special.

In the era before PHILADELPHIA, ELLEN AND WILL & GRACE, the subject matter of SERVING IN SILENCE was considered groundbreaking and controversial, spotlighting the hot button issue of gays in the military and, specifically, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” that remains relevant today.

The DVD includes a bonus featurette with interviews with executive producers Barbra Streisand and Glenn Close as well as Judy Davis and Margarethe Cammermeyer. Also included is never-before-seen footage from the Hollywood premiere with Streisand and Cammermeyer, as well as coverage from the 1996 GLAAD Media Awards.


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