Serving in Silence (1995)
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story was a 1995 television film that aired on NBC. After serving in the military for more than twenty years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer (portrayed by Glenn Close) had a spotless record. But nothing could prepare her for the intensely personal legal fight against the U.S. Army when she was discharged for being a lesbian. With the support of her partner Diane (Judy Davis), Cammermeyer undertook an against-all-odds battle against the Army's policy.
Silence was the first made-for-television film that Barbra Streisand executive produced (along with Glenn Close, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, and Barwood Films' Cis Corman). It aired February 6, 1995.
Glenn Close won the "Outstanding Lead Actress" Emmy for her performance in this made-for-television drama about the rights of homosexuals in the military.
Serving in Silence was honored with 3 Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, the LAMBDA Liberty Award, the GLAAD Media Award, and the National Education Association Award for the Advancement of Learning.
“Serving in Silence” Credits
- Director - Jeff Bleckner
- Screenwriter - Alison Cross
- Produced by - Richard Heus
- Executive Producers - Barbra Streisand, Glenn Close, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Cis Corman
- Costume Designer - Ann Roth
- Composer (Music Score) - David Shire
- Art Director - Douglasann Menchions
- Cinematographer - Glen MacPherson
- Glenn Close ... Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer
- Judy Davis ... Diane
- Eric Dane ... Matt
- Molly Parker ... Lynette
- Trevor St. John ... David
- Ryan Reynolds ... Andy
The DVD of Serving in Silence (still available new and used at Amazon.com) has several special features that include Barbra Streisand screen time:
- Silent No More: The Making of Serving in Silence
- Hollywood Premiere: Serving in Silence Century City, CA January 23, 1995
- 1996 GLAAD Media Awards