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A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006)

TV-14 | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 19 June 2006
The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writer:

Shelley Evans
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mercedes Ruehl ... Sylvia Guerrero
JD Pardo ... Eddie
Lupe Ontiveros ... Mami
Henry Darrow ... Papi
Corey Stoll ... Joey Marino
Leela Savasta ... Chita Araujo
Avan Jogia ... Danny Araujo
Jacqueline Samuda ... Angie
Zak Santiago ... Carlos Guerrero
Jay Brazeau ... Defense Attorney
Hrothgar Mathews ... Prosecutor
Marilyn Norry ... Dr. Martin
Tegan Moss ... Lisa
Michael Dillman Michael Dillman ... Eddie (7 Years)
Nicole Muñoz ... Chita (10 Years)
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Storyline

Based on a true story. As a young boy, Eddie Araujo always felt different somehow. She started putting on her mom's makeup and wearing her mom's clothes, which her mom found odd. By the time she entered her teen years, Eddie could no longer hide the fact that she was a lot different, that she was meant to be female and not male. When she finally accepted it and with her mom's eventual support, Eddie changed her name to Gwen and started to live life as female until a tragic night changed everything. Written by r2k443

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He was just who she was.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14

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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Girl: The Gwen Araujo Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Avan Jogia's first acting role. See more »

Goofs

The defense attorney noted that Joey had punched a wall and broke his hand after Sylvia had told him that Gwen was not really a female. A day or two after Sylvia tells him, a drunken Gwen walks along the fence of the construction site in which Joey was working; Joey walks up to the fence and you can clearly tell that none of his hands looked damaged in any way. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Guerrero: [in court, in tears] I don't need you to tell me what society does to people. They beat her for five hours, they tied her up and strangled her, and then they buried her in the field, and then they went and had breakfast in a diner and ate pancakes. And you think that I should excuse them? Shame on you. I blame them! I blame them... every day!
[Sylvia leaves in anger as the whole court claps for her]
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Soundtracks

You Think I'm Crazy
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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Good and appreciable effort
7 September 2011 | by prokriteyaSee all my reviews

You know, when you watch a film like this, you can't help remembering Boys Don't Cry. Of course, it's a TV film, and the actor who played Gwen didn't do bad in his portrayal, he indeed seemed comfortable, we see an even better portrayal of the mother.

Perhaps we should not make a comparison due to it being an independent film. It didn't fully connect many a viewers emotionally, but it is indeed a good approach to raise visibility and acceptance, and uphold Gwen's legacy, which it set out to do. Wish someone made a feature film on Gwen's life, but if one day a film like that does get made, it would be for the smaller efforts like this...which does not follow the crappy old way of treating transgenderness as a comic element.

Kudos to the director for trying something new, and necessary!!


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