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Soldier's Girl (2003)

Troy Garity , Lee Pace , Frank Pierson  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Troy Garity, Lee Pace, Andre Braugher, Shawn Hatosy, Philip Eddolls
  • Directors: Frank Pierson
  • Writers: Ron Nyswaner
  • Producers: Doro Bachrach, Lena Cordina, Linda Gottlieb, Ron Nyswaner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000JD29M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Soldier's Girl" on IMDb

Special Features

- Cast and Crew Commentary - "Soldier's Secret" -- A closer look at the story that inspired the movie - Filmographies, and more.

Editorial Reviews

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Cable networks like Showtime are diving into risky material that mainstream movie-makers shy away from--and Soldier's Girl demonstrates the payoff of such risks. Barry Winchell (Troy Garity, Barbershop), new to an infantry base in Tennessee, gets taken to a nightclub for drag performers by an obnoxious fellow soldier, Fisher (Shawn Hatosy, Outside Providence). There he meets Calpernia (Lee Pace), a transgendered performer, and feels an immediate attraction. But as Winchell's relationship with Calpernia develops, his relationship with the repressed Fisher grows dangerous to his career in the military--and possibly to his life. Based on a true story, Soldier's Girl tackles its delicate subject matter directly but respectfully, with compassion and intelligence. Garity, Pace, and Hatosy all turn in compelling, complex performances, steering clear of stereotypes. Director Frank Pierson (screenwriter of Dog Day Afternoon) skillfully avoids easy answers or obvious solutions and was deservedly nominated for an Emmy as a result. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

The true story of Soldier’s Girl, which takes place in Fort Campbell, KY, tells the heart-wrenching story of the life and tragic death of soldier Barry Winchell. His love for Calpernia Addams, a beautiful transgendered nightclub performer was misunderstood by fellow soldiers and eventually leads to his brutal death. The outstanding performances by Lee Pace and Troy Garity will draw you into this emotional and powerful film.

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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, powerful adaptation of a true story December 25, 2004
Format:DVD
I saw this movie the same day that I saw Million Dollar Baby (the boxing film starring Hillary Swank and Clint Eastwood), and at the end all I could think was - is this how I wanted to spend Christmas Eve? Crying?

Well, it was worth it.

Barry's story is well known, so I'll skip a retelling. Although I never fully understood Barry's interest in Calpernia, only because the movie didn't make any attempts to delve into the "why" of his attraction to her, I found myself moved by their love, and Barry's fierce determination to keep his private life (Calpernia) private.

What a shame that he shared barracks with such a horrendous and sick person (Justin). I know some people in the armed forces that are gay (but don't ask me who, because I won't tell <grin>), and they are well accepted by their ... I don't know the technical terms here...comrades in arms. How's that. A pity that Barry didn't get stuck with a person whose problem was certainly far worse than OCD.

Anyway. What I found particularly moving, and what has caused me to watch the movie again, were the special features on the CD. Usually the special features are interesting for ancillary purposes. But these were different. First, I was surprised to find that Calpernia's [...] weren't real. I had been rather convinced that a real transgender was playing her role. Instead, it was a male, with a rather flat chest, so his performance was even more interesting. That's one of the main reasons I want to watch the film again.

Calpernia Adams herself appeared in the Special Features, and I was so surprised. I don't have a tremendous amount of experience with transgenders, but did not expect her to be so much like a lady. NOT a gay man acting like a lady, but a real lady.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting and respectful February 13, 2004
By Jenny
Format:DVD
The truth behind this film is shocking in the extreme, and the heart hurts terribly for Calpernia and Barry's family. Anger and despair are two words that spring to mind.
The message, seemed to me to be about homophobia. I know a lot of trans people will cry "transphobia", but we suffer violence because some in society see us as sexual beings, nothing more, so the focus of the film there I feel was an important one to make.
As a transgendered woman myself, I bought the movie with the wrong focus, the wrong intent. I was expecting a movie with Calpernia as the central character. I'm glad that the producers centered the movie around Barry (played with sensitivity by Troy Garity), it is a fitting tribute to a decent human being. And it's quite nice to not have it sensationalised as well, just played as what it is, a tragic romance.
Sorry, but Lee just couldn't muster the voice at all. He sounded like a man trying to sound like a woman. A little vocal preparation would have helped there. That being said, he did put in a pretty good performance all in all. It can't be easy being a bloke and playing a part like that, so hats off for his courage to try and make it work.
Like Calpernia I was in the navy (12 years, though I began transition whilst still in the service) and what Barry went through I have seen and experienced. Don't ask don't tell simply does not work, even if you're not gay, but if, like Barry, you fall in love with someone considered "wrong." A complete re-education policy needs to be set in place, and the reason is aptly set out in this film, graphically and simply. The psychological goading of the young recruit was exceptionally well produced I thought, considering the time constraints within the movie itself and brought back some terrible memories.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Love Story June 20, 2004
Format:DVD
Troy Garity proves that he has great acting ability in his performance as Barry Winchell, a soldier who falls in love with a transgendered performer. Barry is taken to a nightclub by his obnoxious and self-destructive roommate Fisher as a test to see if he is gay or straight. Rather than a test of sexuality, it was a test of love for a human being despite the psychological and physiological appearance. Lee Pace does an excellent portrayal of a woman trapped in a man's body--what it feels like to be someone else on the inside. Winchell had to deal with his peers who mocked and jeered at the transgendered performers and himself for falling in love with a "different" type of person. Tragedy ensued in the middle of the movie.
Fisher was his own worst enemy and downfall. He was trying to do good but yet, screwed up because he was unable to control himself and expected everyone to fall at his feet. But he messed up constantly and he too would have to meet his perilous fate.
Showtime doesn't hold back on issues that affect us in the public. They aren't afraid to address homosexuality where mainstream media sugarcoats to not offend viewers. It is a tragedy that a young man who falls in love with someone considered "abnormal" is outcasted by society and the military. "Don't ask, don't tell" is just another way to keep gays and lesbians in the closet.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching and heartwarming October 30, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Finally a true depiction of what love without gender boundries can really be. A beautiful love story, truly beautifully acted with a horrific ending. A good education for those who not realize what can exist between two people without regard to gender. That love can grow between two minds and not just between the sheets. Watch with an open mind and come away with a fresh outlook. A must see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional
The lead actors in this film are exceptional. I bought it because of that. Lee Pace who plays Carpathia should have won an Oscar for his performance. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Aquilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but heartbreaking
What a wonderful story. I won't spoil it by telling the ending, but it is heartbreaking and tragic. A must watch for all my homophobic friends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JesseValentine
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
love it i watched it over n over n it open eyes to my friends that seen it with me to show just how ignorant some people are about things but good movie nice deal n shipped on time... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Venetia C. Taglialatelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love that movie... Its fantastic! Show the true love no matter your sexual preference... I invite you to see it.
Published 3 months ago by bryan981
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier's Girl
A great movie - a loving movie - involving 2 men - one a soldier & the other a female impersonator. Be prepared to cry a lot!
Published 3 months ago by Pat Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST TRANSGENDER MOVIE EVER SEEN;
I live in a small town full of marines!!! Gay bars are NOT WITH IN 50-100 MILES!I ! I DO LOVE A MAN IN A UNIFORM, YUMMM!!!
Published 4 months ago by Allen Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars A different love story
My husband and I enjoyed this movie and the story very much. This is definitely NOT your traditional love story!
Published 5 months ago by Joan E. Wyjack
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a movie that shows what happens when the no ask no tell policy was in the armed forces where men judge and kill other men for what gender basis in which they are interested in
Published 5 months ago by Kelly frantz
4.0 out of 5 stars Soldier's "guy"
A sensitive, well crafted, well written movie about a transgendered romance and / or affinity. It is unfortunate that so many people absolutely shut the doors on such topics and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard Guida
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
this was a gift for someone special to me. she has been looking everywhere for years trying to find it. she loves it. it came in short amount of time in perfect condition
Published 6 months ago by robert meyers
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