- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: June 14, 2005
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: New Video Group
Additional Release Material:
- 12-page Illustrated Booklet with Essay by Award-Winning Journalist
- Extended Scenes from The 1993 Senate Armed Services Committee Hearings on Gays in the Military
- Historical Documents
Interviews: Author Chris Bull; Five Previously Unreleased
- Music Selections
- Production Notes
- Resource Guide
- Reading List
- Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 05/13/1994
"...[A documentary] of unusual interest..." -- Critic's Choice
USA Today - 07/26/1994
"...Arthur Dong's documentary achieves the dual feat of being fresh and contemporary while it relives events that took place half-a-century ago..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, this documentary uses first-person accounts to chronicle the development of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy during World War II. Based on Allan Berube's book COMING OUT UNDER FIRE: THE HISTORY OF GAY MEN AND WOMEN IN WORLD WAR II.
Nine gay men and women relate extraordinary stories of how they maintained a homosexual identity, although closeted, in the armed services during World War II. The film examines the U.S. military's history of blatant discrimination against gays and lesbians. Recent footage includes the 1993 Senate hearings on gays in the military, which brought us the questionable slogan and recruitment rule, "Don't ask, don't tell."
- Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Winner of the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
- Produced in association with the Independent Television Service. Major funding provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the Edelman Family Fund.