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Burning Blue 2014

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A squadron of male Navy pilots is engulfed by an incendiary scandal after two pilots are accused of having a secret, forbidden relationship.

Starring:
Trent Ford, Tammy Blanchard
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Romance
Director D.M.W. Greer
Starring Trent Ford, Tammy Blanchard
Supporting actors Morgan Spector, Rob Mayes, William Lee Scott, Cotter Smith, Michael Cumpsty, Michael Sirow, Mark Doherty, Chris Chalk, Tracy Weiler, Gwynneth Bensen, Jordan Dean, Johnny Hopkins, Haviland Morris, Karolina Muller, Raquel Almazan, Luis Ayala, Margot Bingham, Kyle Patrick Brennan
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Foster Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2014
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This is another example of why we should go see a movie without reading the critics if we have any interest in the subject or the actors. One reviewer found DMW Greer's "Burning Blue" an "amateurish effort." The "New York Times" reviewer Anita Gates barely gave it a review. And Odie Henderson who apparently reviews for the Ebert people now found nothing much to like about it, comparing it to the "Making Love" movie back in the 1980's.

The film is a bit slow in places-- there is one or two scenes too many of someone jogging on the shore-- but I certainly do not begrudge the almost two hours I spent in a practically empty suburban theatre-- there was one other viewer besides me in a mid-afternoon showing-- in Atlanta today. (I'm not sure why the film wasn't shown in a local art theatre.)

For starters, the three principal male leads turn in sensitive nuanced performances: Trent Ford as Dan, Morgan Spector as Will and Rob Mayes as Matt. (Ford resembles Tom Cruise a bit and, for my money, is a much better actor.) The plot centers around Dan's friendship with Will whom he shields from being found out as having night blindness and his feelings for the married Matt who finds out that he is falling in love with Dan as well. These three Navy pilots find themselves caught up in a witch hunt by the NCIS to smoke out homosexuals. The critics found Greer's treatment of the two investigators and their grilling of Dan to be heavy-handed and melodramatic. I did not. As a USAF veteran, I can testify to the witch hunts and interrogations that happened to people I knew whose lives were probably ruined. I will never forget returning from a day of Russian language class and finding my barracks literally surrounded by many military cars.
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William Lee Scott, thank you for taking the supporting role; you are a greatly believable and likeable actor. The two movies that I can personally relate to, October Sky and, now Burning Blue. Congratulations to DMW Greer, the script writer(s), the Cast and Crew on a truly moving and telling story of life in the military for a young gay servicemember. As another Reviewer, Don Uhlrig, explained, the witch hunt in this movie was "humble" or light at best, and maybe, it was because Dan was the Admiral's son and a friend of the Admiral (CNO-Chief of Naval Operations). The long arm of the NCIS, CGIS, or CID didn't stop at the gates of the base or the bottom step of the ship's ladder. You are always looking over your shoulder to see who's following or suspicious of others who got too close. In the Service, like any profession, my focus was on over-achieving in my duties before I realized my sexuality. On the eve of my third re-enlistment and a few months before DADT, the witchhunters got too close. I decided to take my Honorable and, in turn, throw my dreams of being a lifer into the 'Head' much like 'Dan'. "Burning Blue" makes a point that prior to DADT and, maybe including 2000 when this movie takes place, witch hunts included interrogations of not just individuals, but entire Units., Unknowing Servicemembers gave up names of known or suspected homosexuals not knowing the ramifications of the admission. While some did so out of spite or revenge. Suspected Servicemembers were reduced, not in rank, but in position of responsibility from the front lines to behind a desk. Their dignity and honor forever tarnished by a Courts Martial. This is what scared me the most; not being found out, but the public humility and dishonor that would be laid out before my military family.Read more ›
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I hesitated about whether to watch this film because I was concerned that it was going to be just another "two hot guys meet, get it on, and party" film - the sexualization of gay men theme that no one seems to be able to break away from. Bt what happens in this movie is that the two men fall in love. And the film never loses sight of that. When one of the pilots is killed, life takes an unjust turn for the survivor - who, though devastated, does an amazing job of navigating the aftermath on his own. And in the end, there is no choice but for everyone to acknowledge that the two were in love. The film makes that point beautifully and courageously at the same time. And there is another gay male character who is a genuine stand-up kind of guy too. These gay men have depth and emotions. Finally.
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You will really enjoy this engaging movie which tells an important story which, I'm sure, has happened to the men and women of the military here in the United States. Tastefully executed and gripping. You surely shouldn't miss this movie. I've already watched it three times.
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"Burning Blue" walks the line of being 'tough' with a touch of emotion - but not enough emotion in my humble opinion. As a recently retired member of the U.S. Navy who served in silence for over 20-years - including the institution of "don't ask don't tell," I will tell you this... The homophobia and witch hunt portrayed in this movies is MILD. If a movie were to reveal the horrific reality that gays and lesbians have endured in all branches of the U.S. military, the public simply would not believe it. The daily harassment, the false accusations, the ruined careers - particularly as retaliation against women - is staggering. Although watered down, perhaps this story can serve as a marker in history of the way things were and as an encouragement that we as a society can change. The director and production staff did a fair job of creating scenes that looked credible, and I thank them for their work in bringing this story to the public.
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