Made-for-TV masters Neil Meron and Craig Zadan know about causing controversy. Long before a dustup over 2003’s The Reagans (which shifted from CBS to Showtime after critics questioned its portrayal of the couple), the duo produced Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story and raised ire for its brief lesbian kiss. The Emmy-winning drama chronicles the battle of an Army officer (a superb Glenn Close, starring opposite Judy Davis as her onscreen love interest) against being discharged on grounds of homosexuality. It’s in the tradition of other TV movies with a social conscience (think 1989’s Roe vs. Wade, by the same writer, Alison Cross). In a featurette, Meron and Zadan talk of bringing ”the subject to America on a human level”; executive producers Close, Barbra Streisand, and Cammermeyer herself add their assent. Viewed today, Serving in Silence isn’t likely to shock — we’ve seen loads more hullabaloo in the past decade (remember when Ellen DeGeneres came out on her sitcom?). But it’s a solid, weighty story, and Close and Davis radiate chemistry you can’t help but root for.
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Made-for-TV masters Neil Meron and Craig Zadan know about causing controversy. Long before a dustup over 2003's The Reagans (which shifted ...Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer StoryDramaUnrated Made-for-TV masters Neil Meron and Craig Zadan know about causing controversy. Long before a dustup over 2003's The Reagans (which shifted ...2006-09-08
Genre: Drama; Starring: Glenn Close; Director: Jeff Bleckner; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted September 8 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT
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