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The Lavender Scare (2019)



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With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be "security risks" and vows to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian. Tens of thousands lose their jobs. But the mass firings have an unintended effect: they stir outrage in the gay community and thrust an unlikely hero into the forefront of the LGBTQ rights movement. In addition to illuminating a little-known chapter of American history, The Lavender Scare is a timely reminder of the value of vigilance and social action when civil liberties are under attack.


Glenn Close
as Narrator
Cynthia Nixon
as Madeleine Tress
Zachary Quinto
as Dennis Flinn
T.R. Knight
as Drew Ference
David Hyde Pierce
as Dr. Franklin E. Kameny

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

Compelling one-hour documentary...

July 9, 2019 | Full Review…

It's inspiring and humbling at once to see how change can be made, even by a small group of people, no matter how slowly.

June 19, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

[An] essential and absorbing documentary about the political repression of homosexuality in America...

June 7, 2019 | Full Review…

A wealth of archival footage and stills, candid chats with victims of this harrowing era plus effective voiceovers... combine for a vivid, disturbing and rousing picture of specious government intrusion at its worst.

June 7, 2019 | Full Review…

A stirring depiction of gay travails during [the Cold War] that's as shocking as it is illuminating.

June 7, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This powerful doc is sadly all too relevant.

June 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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