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Outrage (2009)

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An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.


Kirby Dick


Kirby Dick
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Tammy Baldwin ... Herself (as Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin)
Wayne Barrett ... Himself
Elizabeth Birch Elizabeth Birch ... Herself
Chris Bull Chris Bull ... Himself
John Byrne John Byrne ... Himself
David Catania David Catania ... Himself
Gary Cathey Gary Cathey ... Himself
Steve Clemons Steve Clemons ... Himself (as Steven Clemons)
Mark Cromer Mark Cromer ... Himself
Kirk Fordham Kirk Fordham ... Himself
Barney Frank ... Himself (as Congressman Barney Frank)
Neil Giuliano ... Himself
Larry Gross Larry Gross ... Himself
Patrick Guerriero Patrick Guerriero ... Himself
Dan Gurley Dan Gurley ... Himself


An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexual references


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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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The Glass Closet See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$32,589, 10 May 2009

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Footage of David Dreier and Brad Smith that appears in the film was shot candidly by Becky Altringer, the private investigator who figures prominently in Kirby Dick's previous documentary, This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006). Dick (wearing a striped shirt) can be seen in the footage of Dreier and Smith, sitting behind them at the café, along with producer Tanner King Barklow. See more »

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An Aptly Titled Expose of the Grave, Sad and Cyclical Injustice Being Done to the Gay Community Right This Minute.
26 September 2009 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

Outrage is aptly titled. Very aptly. It is an indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S. They are dishonorable people who do dishonorable things out of weakness. If one were to tell me they thought this film was too judgmental of its subjects, I would disagree on the grounds that it remains objective to its found footage and interviewees, but I still might understand the opinion. The film is designed to outrage us by showing us the grave, sad and cyclical injustice that is being done to the gay community right this minute. But it should, because it is a view of the subject that is sadly muted in day-to-day consciousness.

The reason we have generally successful politicians in a technologically developed melting pot like, apparently, the United States such as Sen. Larry Craig, Gov. Charlie Crist, Rep. David Dreier and Ed Koch is because people have family and friends whose rights as a person they vote against because they think Charlie Crist is just the most charming guy, or Larry Craig wants to do something as abstract and arguable as protecting our family values. The year is 2009 in a superpower country that claims to the rest of the world to be free and ideal. Is there any significant reason to be nice about it anymore? Kirby Dick went to great lengths to be more honest than anyone else has ever been about the MPAA Ratings Board for his vital documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated. Doing the same here is the sole key to his achieving a state of pure rage and disheartenment at the vanity, the spinelessness, the disingenuousness required to be embraced as a candidate in the Republican Party in this day and age. Yes, even that one. Of course he seems honest and down-to-earth and brave. The subjects of this documentary appear the same to that very constituency.

In This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Dick actually began an official investigation into the lives of his subjects. Similarly here, he accompanies an investigator already working on uncovering the truth about the candidates who have fought to conform to an ideology in order to use a public office to seal the deal against those who share their pain and deal with it to more constructive ends. We see some of them, too. And they make a lot more sense when they talk, because they're Mass. Rep. Barney Frank, playwrights Larry Kramer and Tony Kushner, and columnist Michelangelo Signorile.

The film is exactly what your conservative family and friends need to see. I know about the unspoken peace treaty on talking politics, and you don't have to. Just recommend a documentary that just blew you away called Outrage and tell them to sit down because they've got to watch it. It beats the eggshell-ridden small talk about school and work and other people.

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