Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story

Oh, the irony! Margarethe Cammermeyer gave her whole life to the military. She was a career soldier who was liked and well-respected by her peers, but who ends up getting unceremoniously tossed out of the army because she is honest. What she is honest about is her sexuality and that she is a lesbian. I guess she learned her lesson about honesty not paying. The U.S. Army, the defenders of that democracy, does not come off as defenders of human rights in this 1995 made-for-television movie. Cammermeyer's challenging of army policy became the birth of the U.S. army's infamous 'Don't ask. Don't tell' policy in regards to homosexuals enlisting. As the true story unfolds before your eyes you still cannot believe that it actually happened. You cannot believe watching it that a person's sexuality is still an issue in this day and age. It even becomes more apparent that homosexuality is still a somewhat taboo subject in some circles in the United States in that this film was shot in Vancouver. An issue of cost? I hope and not that they could not shoot it in the United States due to the subject. The film is made that much more poignant due to the excellent acting by the two lead actresses, Judy Davis and Glenn Close, who won an Emmy Award for this role. There are even two very early in their careers roles by young Canadians Molly Parker (from television's Deadwood) and Ryan Reynolds (The Amityville Horror, Van Wilder). The film is an important one as it really drives home that there are still examples in our 'modern' society of institutionalized discrimination and that we have to fight against it.

Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer (Glenn Close – Dangerous Liaisons, The Big Chill) had served in the U.S. military for over 20 years. She was a decorated Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star. As an army nurse there were few of her skill and dedication. Gretta, divorced from her husband, decides to move back to Seattle so she can be closer to her four boys, Andy (Ryan Reynolds), Matt (Eric Dane – X-Men: The Last Stand), David (Trevor St. John – Payback, Crimson Tide), and Tom (Lance Robinson – appeared in episodes of L.A. Law and Wings). Shortly after moving to Seattle Gretta meets Diane (Judy Davis – The Break-Up, Husbands and Wives) and they fall in love. Gretta decides to apply for a higher position in the army and as such she has to go to an interview in order to get the higher security clearance required for the job. At the interview Gretta admits for the first time that she is a lesbian. Not only does she not get the position, but the army tells her that she will be honourably discharged. Gretta decides that she is not going to take that and will take on the U.S. Army in court.

Special Features:
-Silent No More: The Making Of Serving In Silence
-Hollywood Premiere: Serving in Silence Century City, CA January 23, 1995
-1996 GLAAD Media Awards: Los Angeles, CA
-Previews of Celluloid Closet, Philadelphia, Ladies Night (TV), and 80s Hits (TV)

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