A searing exposé of the secret lives of closeted gay politicians
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 19, 2010
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Magnolia Home Ent
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Deleted scenes
- Rodger Mcfarlane tribute
- Tribeca film festival panel q & a
- Director q & a at Washington, DC screening
- Commentary with Kirby Dick (director) and Amy Ziering (producer)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Kirby Dick|
|Screenwriting by||Kirby Dick|
|Composition by||Peter Golub|
|Cinematography by||Thaddeus Wadleigh|
|Produced by||Amy Ziering|
Rating: 3/4 -- As always, Dick brings passion and immediacy to what's essentially a series of talking heads; his position on the issue is clear and powerfully argued.
Rating: 5/10 -- While the film is full of some very cogent arguments, there are major flaws in his case.
OUTRAGE proves to be an engrossing and entertaining polemic that successfully walks a fine line between thoughtful debate and, well, juicy gossip.
Rating: 3/4 -- Outrage succeeds as activism, but it excels as a window into certain political psyches. Full Review
3 stars out of 5 -- This film is a muckraking provocation whose time has come.
During the film's brisk 90 minutes, a level-headed, fair-minded viewer might feel a range of emotion: contempt, skepticism, empathy, uncertainty, but never boredom.
Their stories are horribly fascinating: the film presents them as shielded from exposure and leading duplicitous lives while being activist homophobes.
With OUTRAGE, provocative documentarian Kirby Dick (THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED) confronts his most controversial topic yet. In his latest piece of cine-journalism, Dick exposes what he deems to be the rampant, hypocritical homophobia that exists in an American government that is, in fact, teeming with closeted homosexuals. Dick brings an impassioned and well-reasoned eye to his material, which should have viewers on the more conservative side of the fence paying closer attention than they would have had he taken a more blustery approach. As it stands, OUTRAGE is an illuminating, stirring call to arms. Dick interviews the political community's most prominent gay figures--including former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey and Congressman Barney Frank--as well as many others (radio DJ Michelangelo Signorile, blogger Michael Rogers, and writer/activist Larry Kramer), who share their own thoughtful insights into just how deeply the personal and political corruption runs. In what is clearly the most controversial aspect of the film, Dick makes a case for the homosexuality of several politicians who continue to deny it (most notably, former Idaho senator Larry Craig and current Florida governor Charlie Crist). But OUTRAGE is by no means a finger-wagging witch-hunt--Dick's intention is not to ruin the life of anyone. Like McGreevey, who lived through his own personal years of torment, he believes that everyone would be better off if they acknowledged who they are, in public and in private.
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