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Bridegroom (2013)

Shane Bitney Crone , Linda Bloodworth-Thomason  |  R |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shane Bitney Crone
  • Directors: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EU8RB14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,069 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On May 7th, 2011 a young man named Shane Bitney Crone tragically lost the love of his life, Tom, to an accident. Because they weren't married or prepared for the unexpected, Shane lost all legal claim to Tom after he died. Tom's family banned Shane from the funeral and he was unable to say goodbye. On May 7th, 2012 Shane posted a video on YouTube, entitled "It Could Happen to You." He created it to honor his partner and show the world what can happen when two people are legally barred from having equal rights and equal protections under the law to marry. Shane's partner was named Tom Bridegroom.

The video went viral, passing two million views within seven days.


"This deeply moving documentary has the power to change hearts and minds." --Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

"It's a pitched battle but love blindingly outshines hate in Bridegroom." --Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Powerful October 15, 2013
This is a true story about two people who loved each other. Tom and Shane were the perfect couple until a sad accident left Shane alone. This documentary shows the lives of these two men from their beginning years, through high school, their introduction to each other at a bowling alley, their love story, the sad accident of Tom, the support of Shane's family and how Tom's family came into Shane's home after Tom's accidental death and took his belongings without any compassion towards Shane but instead banned him from attending his partner funeral.
This was a very powerful story of true love. This documentary was created with the support of over 6800 Kickstarter Donors as well as many other people including Bill Clinton.
On a personal note, after hearing this story in May 2011, my partner and I realized how important it is to protect ourselves in case something ever did happen to either of us. Thank you Shane for sharing your love story with us. You truly are an inspiration.
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful
I can't believe that in this day and age someone has to respond to something like this, but I refuse to stay silent.

"Has this not happened before? Sad film and sad story but I have to ask. If these guys were not "hot" or "cute" as everyone is saying would people still care about this story? I don't believe this was put out there to raise attention but rather get attention. Sorry to the person who lost their life." - November 3, 2013

Yes this has most certainly happened before. The LGBT community has most certainly been robbed of their rights not only by government officials but by their "friends" and neighbors. That the key players in this particular saga are "hot" or "cute" should not take away from the fact that this happened to them, has happened to others before, and will happen again and again... unless people like me and people like you stand up to it. If you are not hot or cute, so what? Still stand up to it. In comparison, think of all the white people who stood up to racism even though they themselves were not black.

Why care about this story? Because someone put their heart and quite possibly their soul into it. Because it's well-made. Because the fight for LGBT rights is far from over, though amazing progress has been made in the last few years. Because it could happen to someone who knows someone you know--or worse, it could happen to you.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is real, love endures.. October 28, 2013
By onjlbkc
This is one of those rare films that makes you believe in love. People really do fall in love; and begin to care for someone else more than they care for themselves. I'm stating that because I'm in my 50s now; I'm alittle dented and dusty; alittle cynical; alittle world weary; alittle misanthropic but this film erased some of it. That's the story of Tom and Shane. Love is real.

One could view this film with many different eyes..
political, equality, injustice, etc. I feel at it's heart it is a love story plain and simple. It's so well done it pulls you in before you know it; you're right there with Tom and Shane. and then.. Tom is gone. I was hangin' pretty tough til Shane's first birthday after losing Tom. In his narrative he states that he tells people he's ok and doing fine but admits he's NOT ok, he's NOT fine. Man, does that bring it home! Anyone who's lost someone close to them will FEEL that line. Because you're NOT the same, never will be; and the underlying truth is you don't stop loving someone because they've passed away; that love stays with you and you feel it everyday. This film illustrates it perfectly...even in death.. Love endures.

On a broader human/political note.. Anyone who sees this film has to recognize that gay people are not just physcially attracted to one another but emotionally, and spiritially attracted as well. To be more specific, This film clearly shows that Tom and Shane share a physical, emotional, and spirtially bond; THAT constitutes a real marriage. I believe this film will take us a step closer to the legal acknowledgement.

Thank you Shane for putting yourself out there; for sharing Tom will us.

God Bless Tom Bridegroom!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful movie December 14, 2013
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I'm old. I'm not young like Tom and Shane. I'm fat and homely; I'm not fit and beautiful like Tom and Shane. I've never been to Egypt or Paris or Machu Picchu or any of the other marvelous places they went together. I've never been in love, never had a serious lover or a husband or a partner or a relationship anything like theirs. I've lived alone all my life.

I tend to envy and resent people who have what I don't have; so what surprises more than any of you can know is that I'm not jealous of them, at all. I don't resent their youth or their beauty or their passion or their happiness or the adventures they shared or the delight they had in each other.

From my point of view, their story is a beautiful story of REAL love, of a blessed life, a holy life together that very, very, VERY few people ever know - maybe one in a hundred million, if even that many.

At my age I tend to see things long term, not because I'm wise but only because I'm old. I can't help it. When I look at things I see them in the context of centuries, not years. So when I look at Tom and Shane I don't see tragedy; I don't see injustice; I don't see the hateful, ignorant, fearful cruelty in some of the people around them.

Like it or not, those things are ephemeral. They don't last forever. LOVE lasts forever. Joy lasts forever. Beauty lasts forever. What Shane and Tom had will last forever, because, folks, Tom is not dead in any way that matters.

Bodies die, but the persons who live in the bodies never die. Tom is as real and as alive now as he was when Shane kissed him in front of the Eiffel Tower. He left here early, but a thousand years from now that won't matter at all, because they'll have been back together a lot longer than they were apart. That's the wonderful gift this movie gives to anyone who can receive it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is Love
Everyone should watch this movie. It made me view equality much different. Love is Love. Thanks Shane!
Published 1 day ago by MJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Just bad!
Really BAD :(
Published 10 days ago by ubergoober
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Excellent, moving, touching film. Highly recommended.
Published 14 days ago by lpj97007
5.0 out of 5 stars Two amazing young men with a passion for life and love
Two amazing young men with a passion for life and love. Heart wrenching tragedy changed their course in life. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lillian Kalisz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding ...
Published 26 days ago by Eric Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 27 days ago by Diane Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Tap.. tap.. tap.
Love is universal. Be proud of who you are and never give up.
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended watching to ever LGBTQ person
Powerful movie! Recommended watching to ever LGBTQ person!
Published 1 month ago by DC
5.0 out of 5 stars I was fortunate enough to meet Shane when he spoke at my ...
A very touching story. You have to see the video to appreciate it. I was fortunate enough to meet Shane when he spoke at my church in Hollywood.
Published 1 month ago by chuckster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but very sad story
When I first read about this movie, I truly thought it was a movie. When I watched it I quickly found out that it's a documentary. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rod Wright
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