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Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States most powerful policymakers, Outrage takes a comprehensive look at the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media s complicity in keeping their secrets. Outrage probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double
standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures, and much more.

Filmmaker Kirby Dick’s fine balance of documentary rigor and muckraking returns with Outrage, a blistering investigation into closeted gay politicians who push anti-gay legislation to hide their own sexual impulses. You might expect such a documentary to collapse in a heap of strident accusations, but though the hypocrisy is appalling--particularly when it squashed funding for AIDS research and contributed to thousands of deaths--Outrage skillfully avoids hysteria, finding humor and even compassion in its examination of the lives of Republican Senator Larry Craig, New York Mayor Ed Koch, and others. The documentary also explores other facets of the issue, including the abundance of gay journalists who help maintain the cloak of secrecy and the wives who, sometimes knowingly and sometimes in denial, provide the illusion of conventional heterosexual harmony. The testimonies of politicians who came out while in office, like Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe and Democratic Governor of New Jersey James McGreevey, is particularly moving and illustrates the complexity of the American political scene. Outrage is most damning of the Bush/Cheney administration, which used gay marriage as a hot-button issue to manipulate social conservatives. All in all, a compelling example of fervent but intelligent journalism, applied to what has become a core issue of this political moment. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

Commentary with Kirby Dick (writer/director) and Amy Ziering (producer)
Deleted Scenes
Director Q&A
Tribecca Film Festival Panel Q&A

Product Details

  • Actors: Jim McGreevey, Barney Frank, Larry Kramer
  • Directors: Kirby Dick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027BOL4Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Corgilover on June 9, 2009
Format: DVD
Apparently the previous reviewer didn't actually SEE the film which I do believe is a prerequisite to a good review. This film is an eye-opener, an in depth examination of the extent that closeted gay politicians (and there are many) will go to protect themselves. This protection takes the form of the most vehement method of defense, reaction-formation. The primary point of the film is to question the practice of outing closeted gay politicians who promote and protect their own careers at the expense of the rights of others. Larry Craig is seen as a rather pathetic figure who's accusations of gay encounters go as far back as the 1980's, long before his last bathroom fiasco. Also interviewed are politicians who have come out of the closet (or been forced out) explaining the freedom attained through honesty. Most interesting is information surrounding the current governor of Florida. The film is riveting from beginning to end. Illustrations of a Freudian slip by a Fox news reporter provide a moment of laughter, while the censoring of an Anderson Cooper (of all people) Bill Maher interview which omits Maher's naming of a gay politician gives question to the beltways conspiracy to protect right-wing gay politicians and their staff. You will be amazed and surprised at the disclosures this film has to offer! A must see. Watch for the Republican conservative who takes his gay "right hand man" all over the world for extended travel but makes sure their arrival is always one day apart.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tom Markus on October 1, 2009
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This documentary really opened my eyes to what is happening in Washington DC. I had heard for years about a large number of closeted homosexuals within the Republican Party. When Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting toilet sex, it came as no surprise. But this documentary really shines a light on more of these hypocrites. Very well done and the facts are meticulously backed up. Must see!
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Beach Lover on June 22, 2009
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It has been said; "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing". Even worse, is when good men lie about who they are and work for the opposition!

Unfortunately it is unpopular in many circles to be homosexual. I understand that you may want to hide to further your career or your political agenda. But to actively work against yourself and your rights is masochistic. If nothing else, I think the movie Outrage will educate all of us as to how self-hatred is belittling to the individual and harmful to society at large.

I love a good documentary. This one is definitely good, and definitely worth seeing!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Medusa on November 24, 2009
Format: DVD
Everyone's sex life is their own; it's no one's business what we do in our bedrooms, UNTIL some individuals (as our politicians do) decide to exercise their moral authority as though it was given to them by God.

It is disturbing to see how the people who lead our nation display duplicity every day. What good can we expect of people who can't be true to themselves?

It is very important to understand that this documentary does not present a compelling position for or against homosexuality. This documentary simply reveals the cheap games some politicians are playing to deceive their family and their people, while hiding the reality of their lives.

The saddest part for me was seeing the exwife of James McGreevy , the previous governor of New Jersey, who found out that her husband of many years and the father of her daughter was gay all along. How can we believe, as a nation, that somebody who can engage in such a selfish deception with his own family can work for the best interest of his nation?

It is time for people to stop following empty slogans and self appointed saints, it is time to think and this documentary will help!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Hui Shen ben Israel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 26, 2010
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Not many people can claim to be old enough to recall the marvelous Harry Hay, founder of the original gay rights group The Mattachine Society. Well, I may make such a claim. I recall the way Harry insisted on gay people 'beating' straight society at its own game, dressing well, being well educated, so forth.

He was roundly criticized for kissing up to the straight 'ideal', whatever that is.

Decades later, the unpleasant act of the gay community outing celebrities was begun. No one liked this at all except rabid activists. Trust me, I know because I was one of them, but I was never that rabid.

With this film, another kind of outing is being done that I wholly support. As a lifelong and proud Gay American, in spite of a loving wife who accepts us as we are, and because I live religious vows as a Buddhist priest--I support this kind of outing, and this film. Here the main focal point is the hatred, hypocrisy and un-Constitutional activity in Congress.

Gay bashers on the Hill. Real nice. And most of them are gay. This film tells the recent story of Congress' biggest disgrace, one joined by the mainstream media: gaybashing at its slickest. Exposing gay Congress members is the only way to fight back, as all citizens should.

What disappoints here is that the message is not passionate enough. I admire former Gov. McCreevy for coming out...but is a teary interview with him any substitute for aggressive confrontation? The founder of Blogactive does this type of confronting, Bless Him, but not on film. C'mon, man, where's your Michael Moore spirit?

I for one would have liked to see a lot more in-your-face questioning, more exposition. The disgusting Rep. Craig...wrist-slap. The even more revolting Gov. Crist...really limp-wristed slap.
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