The Fall of '55 2005 NR CC

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In the fall of 1955, a gay sex scandal erupted in the unassuming, wholesome and "vice-less" town of Boise, Idaho, as teenage boys who had prostituted themselves to older men began to disclose their dalliances to authorities.

Starring:
Claudia Weathermon
Runtime:
1 hour 22 minutes

The Fall of '55

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery
Director Seth Randal
Starring Claudia Weathermon
Supporting actors Jack Butler, Melvin Dir, Byron Johnson, Jeanette Ross, June Schmitz, Alty Travelstead, Rob Tromp, Claudia Weathermon, TJ Johnson
Studio Frameline
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I don't think we were even aware of what was going in Idaho.
Dana Skolfield
This is an interesting film, and is still relevant today in light of the campaigns by fundamentalist Christians to persecute gays.
Robbie Chandler
This product is the right thing at the right time and I wish it very well.
Allen Smalling

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Young on March 12, 2013
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I really enjoyed this documentary about a topic I knew very little about in the past. I think it was clearly a difficult time for both the prosecutors and the offenders involved in these cases, and the producers do a good job trying to show both sides of the stories and how it affected a small town where these kinds of scandals are not supposed to happen. Parts of it were heartbreaking when you think about the lives who were damaged by this witch hunt, including the officers who felt they were entirely in the right about what they were doing. Some families are clearly still dealing with fallout from this, nearly 60 years later. I do wish there could have been more talking heads in the video, but many have died, moved away to places unknown, or simply felt too uncomfortable to speak on camera. It would have been more rounded if more stories could have been told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will0730 on January 2, 2013
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I was very surprised to find that Boise had a major prostitution ring in the 50's. Really enjoyed this story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hugh J. Mills on July 29, 2013
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This film does a great job of showing the paranoia and "witch-hunt" mentality that took place in Boise, to eradicate any evidence that such "perversion" might exist in their squeaky clean home town.

What is missing is any direct input from the "boys" who apparently willingly sold themselves to older men to make some quick cash.
I would have liked to hear their side of the story - who started it; how it spread; were all the young men gay or not; did anyone feel coerced into doing this? And what became of them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Billy Budd on March 29, 2013
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A very well-researched and balanced history of the long-forgotten witch-hunt of gay men and boys in Boise, Idaho.
Under the specter of the Red Scare that was sweeping the US nationally, Seth Randal starts with John Gerassi's explosive book of 1967 as his jumping off point and interviews the participants, witnesses, by-standers and victims of a mid-twentieth century witch-hunt. Using unearthed footage and photographs of Boise in the early 1950's, and specifically, the summer and fall of 1955, Randall exposes the bias and animus that was stirred up in the wake of a 'sex-for-pay' syndicate devised by the young men of Boise. A "Must" watch documentary for anyone interested in exploring the roots of anti-gay discrimination in America.
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Thetitle lead me to believe it would be a drama, but it turned out to be a historical documentary of some sort which was mostly interviews. I didn't finish it because it did not hold my interest.
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This was a balanced and well researched documentary in to a tragic series of events in a '50's small town. Well done
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By Dana Skolfield on July 31, 2013
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The well-documented witch hunt in Boise, Caital of Idaho, in 1955. The narrative and motivations of those involved are clearly presented. In 1955 I was living in Columbus, Ohio (native of California) in a relationship and with my friend's family - not many problems in those days - society with those I knew were easy and my way of lving accepted. I don't think we were even aware of what was going in Idaho. So, it's of great interest to see this film. But rather frustrating to watch, thus only three stars.
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