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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2006
Some strange looking drag queens, but this is a very good movie. Fair amount of eye candy too. There are some funny parts but considering this is about the Stonewall Riots, or rather, one person's perspective of the riots, there are a number of serious scenes that make you wish you were there to clobber the cops yourself. Definately worth owning and watching with your friends, even straight friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'd really like to like this film even more, as the central romance is touching and both Guillermo Diaz and Frederick Weller are excellent. Both get their characters very well, La Miranda conveying the sense of hurt she has gone through before the film starts without going into it, and Matty Dean making an excellent country-lad foil, with intellectual aspirations that lead him somewhat astray, perhaps. The lip-synching is also very well done, with adroit cutting between musical sequences and the action, and the crowd scenes are well handled, although they do sometimes look a bit stagey. The secondary romance, between a tough-but-kind drag queen and straight-acting bar owner, is a little underdeveloped given the way it goes, and the film doesn't quite pull off the sense of history in the making with the weight of Milk. This is partly because the dialogues feel too scripted ... nevertheless it has a lot of vitality and spark and plenty of touching moments, and Matty Dean looks fantastic in his jeans - he really is incredibly attractive (what a bottom!), and the setting somehow accentuates it. Not that the drag queens are at all lacking in glamour ... there is a wonderful moment when a Marilyn lookalike sashays just ahead of the police with their riot shields, her manner and gestures priceless. They are also well contrasted with the more sober political types who were making tentative forays into activism prior to the riots, but were really at pains to appear as ordinary as possible. The overall picture is very colourful and vibrant, but with a sense of real pain and injustice too - a sort of double effect which is very well brought off. And for me, the constant concern not to miss a sighting of that ardent bottom, or to enjoy his beautiful face and body, enhanced the viewing experience and made it multi-layered, veering from the light to the tragic to the titillating, and certainly showing more than the two layers one might identify at a literal level ...

On a more trivial note, I don't feel the film has ever had a very good box! On VHS it had a black cover with a pair of handcuffs, and here the drag queens are not flatteringly caught and the lettering is clunky. The German edition has the two main characters in a lovely montage, and is Zone 2, with optional German subtitles, so it might be better for many buyers than the Zone 1 edition, quite apart from the much better cover design!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2006
This is quite frankly one of the best films made!

The cast are perfect, from the brassy latino drag lead, to the red neck-hick boy next door. The musical idents that the film uses to switch between scenes are excellent, and the spirit of the film is delivered without being preachy.

AMAZING!!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2001
At times this is a harrowing film, but well worth watching, given the more enlightened times we live in, to gain some insight into the struggles we've faced throughout time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2010
Amazon, this is not a multiregion DVD. It is region 1, as it is from America. Beware anyone like me who thinks it will play on their region 2 DVD player. That aside, I am not returning it as I can at least play it on my computer DVD player- and it is a blooming great film!
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on 22 January 2015
I've been after the dvd for a few years now so happy I've got it now love it. If you like the gay scene & love learning about gay rights etc you will love this film
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on 10 March 2013
As a gay man, this fantasic film gave me a brilliant knowledge of the people who went before me. All i can say is THANK YOU to everybody involved!
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on 22 July 2013
I do really like that dvd, so cool, fune, really good.
new dvd, super nice, thanks a lot, really good.
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on 28 May 2015
Classic cult gay movie!!! wonderful performances !
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on 24 August 2015
Great Film of the riot.
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