Steven Cain | Temporal Quantum Pocket | 04/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is to the US Military's everlasting shame that they saw fit to persecute and expel a true decorated American war hero. War hero? Well what would you call an Army Nurse (24th Evac., Long Binh) who worked tirelessly to save the lives of teenage soldiers in an insanely busy surgical unit, where the word "Incoming" could mean more than the next influx of wounded.The movie understatedly captures how Cammermeyer (Bronze Star)and her nursing staff, and their Red Cross sisters (the Red Cross women still have no Vet status) risked their lives on a daily basis, never knowing when the next mortar round or 122mm rocket would slam into their Evac hospitals or MUSTs, or as with the 6th Convalescent Center at Cam Ranh Bay, when the VC sappers might attack directly.As a reality check, the first member of the Army Nurse Corps to be killed by direct enemy action was 1 / L Sharon Ann Lane, who died when a Russsian-made 8 inch diameter rocket struck Ward 4 of the 312th Evac at Chu Lai. 8 Army Nurses died in Vietnam.That a true blue American woman, like Cammermeyer, who had given so much to so many should be driven out of the service that she loved because of something so pathetic as her orientation is perhaps the greatest indictment of a system that is full of double standards.Close and Davis were simply magnificent, and the only way in which this movie goes out to shock is by accurately telling this true tale of unimaginable injustice. The only obscenity lay in the outcome of the hearings.There have always been (...) in the military. Always. And there always will be. I was not one of them. I just don't like it when the bad guys win.There's a special place in Heaven for the women who served in Nam. All 15,000 of them. Vets every one.Courage knows no race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.Col. Cammermeyer is presently researching a Don't Ask, Don't Tell project. Best of luck ma'am."
Honest, touching portrayal of lesbians.
firstname.lastname@example.org | San Francisco, CA | 08/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some of the movies I have seen depicting lesbians are sometimes a little difficult to relate to because being "a lesbian" is completely what the film is about. This story is different where what is unfolded is a story about people. Not just the two women who have a loving relationship with each other, but their families, the support and understanding that their family offers. The fears that are real also are portrayed very honestly; Fears of being rejected, fears of losing everything. Working hard, loving your family, loving your life, really making a difference in people's lives and enjoying your work brings respect and admiration to individuals who have these attributes. This story shows, how none of that matters to the Army and some close-minded folks. The hurt that results from such homophobia made me cry as well as the struggles and triumps. I could do nothing but think of this story for days. This movie is for everyone. Not just gays and lesbians. Not just for family and friends of gays and lesbians. It is a ground breaking movie with love, honesty, and understanding being the main motivation for characters in this story."
Jeffery Mingo | Homewood, IL USA | 09/08/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was lucky enough to have received a tape of this when it aired in the mid-1990s. However, I am glad that many others will now get to see it. The film does not stray for from the book, something I also recommend.
Within the gay community, there are concerns that the young, men, the happily out, etc. get center stage in media representations at the expense of others. This work speaks to rarely mentioned audiences: women, an older person, a closeted person in the military, and a person who had a heterosexual past. Personally, I thought Glenn Close fit this role much better than she did the vampy personas in "Fatal Attraction" or "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."
Too many people think that "gays" are constantly "pushing their agenda." Here, we see that Cammermeyer came out only in order to be honest in an interview. She had no intentions of becoming a spokesperson or an activist. Her future daughter-in-law says something like, "I plan on being nice to you despite your sin." I love that Cammermeyer challenged that half-buttockedness and said, "I raised my kids, paid my taxes, and obeyed the law like everyone else. This 'agreeing to disagree' won't cut it."
Because this was a made-for-TV movie, the places where commercials should be inserted will be obvious and may annoy some DVD viewers. Still, this documents an issue that was big in the 1990s after AIDS was diagnosed in the 1980s and before Massachusetts allowed gay marriage in the 2000s. I encourage many to view this."
An Excellent Story
CriminalJusticeteacherdotcom | TN | 06/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ms. Close IS Grethe in this movie - she does an excellent job of portraying her! I still cry when I see this movie. Thank you, Grethe, Ms. Close, Ms. Streisand, and everyone who came together to tell this story. Please educate yourself and others. Education is the key which unlocks closed minds."
Serving in silence: the Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
Jeffery Mingo | 09/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having been in a similar situation, I know how it goes. The story rings true only for the military officers...enlisted on the other hand go thru alot more turmoil and harrassment. Glenn
Close did a wonderful job on this, as she always does."