A chronicled re-telling the gay rights movement in the United States, beginning with the Stonewall riots in 1969.
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 Diane Jones (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Young Cleve Jones (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Roma Guy (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Young Roma Guy (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Cleve Jones (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Young Ken Jones (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Ken Jones (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Young Diane Jones (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Cecilia Chung (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Richard (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Young Man (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Chad Griffin (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. Marcus Conant (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Tom Ammiano (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Ricardo Canto (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Eloise (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. Jones (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Shoshanna (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Pat Norman (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Del Martin (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Sally Gearhart (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Phyllis Lyon (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Marvin Feldman (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Scott Rempel (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Jean (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Sylvester (3 episodes, 2017)
Kerry Sandomirsky ...
 Cleve's Mom (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Senior Advisor (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Richard Socarides (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Old Army Vet (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Lesbian (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Tomi (3 episodes, 2017)
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 David Boies (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Ted Olson (2 episodes, 2017)
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 David (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Carole Midgen (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Roberta Kaplan (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Bobbi Campbell (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Robin (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Yvette Flunder (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. Charles W. Socarides (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. David Blankenhorn (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Young Gilbert Baker (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Judge Vaughn Walker (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Teenaged Annie Jones (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Chuck Cooper (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Paul (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Mayor Gavin Newsom (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Ken's Lawyer (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Seville (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Dan White (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Bobbi Jean Baker (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Victor (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Gwenn Craig (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Veteran (2 episodes, 2017)
Ese Atawo ...
 Women's Building Woman (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Annie Jones (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Jake (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Linda (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Gilbert Baker (2 episodes, 2017)
Bruce Bealke ...
 Officer (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Jason Snyder (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Mitchell Katz (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Ellen (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Preteen Annie Jones (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Jandro (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Leslie (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Old White Bar Owner (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Daniel (2 episodes, 2017)
Leanna Brodie ...
 Parishioner #3 (2 episodes, 2017)
Tish Allen ...
 Maggie Gallagher (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Mike Gorman (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Parishioner #2 (2 episodes, 2017)
Morgan Brayton ...
 Leader (2 episodes, 2017)
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 White Guy (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Counselor (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Jill (2 episodes, 2017)
Kelli Crump ...
 Two Tons of Fun #1 (2 episodes, 2017)
Don Frankel ...
 President Bill Clinton (2 episodes, 2017)
Doug Cameron ...
 Justice Kennedy (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. Paul Volberding (2 episodes, 2017)
Evan Frayne ...
 Defense Lawyer (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Female Lawyer (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Bartender (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Larry Kramer (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Bobbi's Relative (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Bill Kraus (2 episodes, 2017)
Jasmine Gish ...
 Lizzie (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Young Black Lesbian (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Luna (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Marjorie (2 episodes, 2017)
Eva Fekete ...
 Old Union Woman (2 episodes, 2017)
Allan Gray ...
 White Bar Owner #2 (2 episodes, 2017)
Phillip Joseph ...
 Tim (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Justice Scalia (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Roma's Mom (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Bobbi's Mother (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Emily (2 episodes, 2017)
Andy Maton ...
 Board Member #1 (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Agressive Journalist (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Anne Kronenberg (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Parishioner #1 (2 episodes, 2017)
Paul T. Katami ...
 Paul Katami (2 episodes, 2017)
Johnny Kelly ...
 Frightened Young Man (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Ron (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Union Boss (2 episodes, 2017)
Steve Makaj ...
 Roma's Dad (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Mike Smith (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Roma's Sister (2 episodes, 2017)
Misa Malone ...
 Two Tons of Fun #2 (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Hernandez (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Straight Dad (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Art Agnos (2 episodes, 2017)
Cindy Piper ...
 Cecilia's Mom (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Young Lawyer (2 episodes, 2017)
James Pinkman ...
 Basher (2 episodes, 2017)
Christopher Pray ...
 Bystander (2 episodes, 2017)
Carla Pauli ...
 Staffer (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. Hess (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Lookout Man (2 episodes, 2017)
Kristin M. Perry ...
 Kris Perry (2 episodes, 2017)
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 NRC President (2 episodes, 2017)
Florence Reiher ...
 Receptionist Nurse (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Lesbian Volunteer (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Victor's Wife (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Carlotta (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Diane Feinstein (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Male Lawyer (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Bathhouse Owner (2 episodes, 2017)
Linda Sorensen ...
 Edie Windsor (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Judge Philip Ralston (2 episodes, 2017)
Sandra B. Stier ...
 Sandy Stier (2 episodes, 2017)
Howard Storey ...
 Jerry (2 episodes, 2017)
Matthew Uhtik ...
 Basher Kid (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Civil Liberties Lawyer (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Carl (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Forum President (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Co-Worker (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Anne (2 episodes, 2017)
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 A Thin Young Man (2 episodes, 2017)
Mel Tuck ...
 Landlord (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Andres (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Donna (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Male Commisioner (2 episodes, 2017)
Jeffrey J. Zarrillo ...
 Jeff Zarrillo (2 episodes, 2017)
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A dramatization of the real life San Francisco centered fight for LGBT rights from 1972 to 2015 is presented, the LGBT community which arguably has had the most numerous organized campaigns against them of any minority group to suppress those rights in the United States during that time period. It focuses on the advocacy and other supportive work of four individuals, Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Diane Jones and Ken Jones, whose experiences focus on different aspects of the issue. Cleve's story focuses primarily on the political and legislative fight for gay and ultimately LGBT rights. Roma's story focuses primarily on her fight for women's rights, especially safe places for women, within that where she as a lesbian fits, ultimately a fight for universal health care in San Francisco, and her personal relationships particularly with Diane. Beyond that relationship with Roma, Diane's story focuses on her work as a nurse in caring for AIDS patients, and her want as a lesbian to have a child. ... Written by Huggo

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Harvey Milk's actual bullhorn was used. See more »

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Referenced in Match Game: Episode #1.2 (2016) See more »

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An Earnest Effort with Mixed Results
4 March 2017 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Lofty goals and high ambitions are not guarantors of success. Neither are Oscar-winning screen writers, Oscar-nominated directors, nor seasoned performers. The overly ambitious TV miniseries, "We Shall Rise," comes across as an historical pastiche culled from such superior material as "Milk," "And the Band Played On," "Longtime Companion," and "The Normal Heart." Dustin Lance Black's California-centric teleplay uses broad strokes to cover the gay rights movement from the Stonewall riots to AIDS to marriage equality through the eyes of three players in the struggle: Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, and Ken Jones. However, even a five-part series cannot do justice to more then four decades of history, especially when the ABC telecast interrupts every two to five minutes with commercials; even more annoying, the commercials look like the program and the program looks like the commercials. Without any transitions, viewers need a few seconds to determine if they are still watching the program or if another ad has sneaked in. The four directors, which include Gus Van Sant, maintain a good pace and utilize newsreel footage, some with unconvincing inserts of the actors, interspersed with the drama to illustrate events. Although challenging to judge with all the interruptions, more favorable reviews may emerge after "We Shall Rise" appears on DVD.

Perhaps most disrupting was the decision to change the cast members mid-program. Austin P. McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, and Jonathan Majors play Cleve, Roma, and Ken during the first few episodes. Then, Guy Pearce, Mary Louise-Parker, and Michael Kenneth Williams take over in the same roles as slightly older versions of the characters. The change is jarring; the younger actors bear little to no resemblance to their slightly more mature counterparts, and none attempts to match their characters mannerisms or personalities. The younger actors come off better, perhaps because they create the characters and suffer no comparisons to earlier incarnations as do Pearce, Parker, and Williams. However, the directors and cast should have studied "Moonlight," a film that seamlessly used three different actors to portray the same character at various stages of his life. Frankly, "We Shall Rise" had little reason to use different actors; the age disparity is not that great, and subtle make-up and acting could have convincingly bridged the age gap. Viewers now ponder why Cleve became more affected as he aged, while Ken became less good natured, not to mention the drastic physical changes.

Unfortunately, ABC's brave decision to devote a week's prime-time programming to a lesson in gay rights history was not well served, and the weak ratings will likely dampen enthusiasm for further efforts. The disjointed telecast impacts the drama, and some good performances from a large talented cast suffer. A generous sprinkling of cameos from Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Dylan Walsh, David Hyde Pierce, Rob Reiner, and others testifies to the broad support and enthusiasm for the project. However, the intended audience for the project is uncertain. The LGBT community, their friends, and their families already know and have lived this history, while those opposed to equal rights will not tune in. With the choir stalls filled, are there any open minds to fill the pews?


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