Soldier's Girl [DVD] [2003]

This powerful and disturbing independent drama about an unlikely romance between a soldier and a transgendered nightclub performer (which is based on a true story) has been given a beefed-up presentation for its release on DVD. Soldier's Girl has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language soundtrack has been presented in two mixes, one on Dolby Digital Stereo and the other in Dolby Digital 5.1, while an alternate Spanish-dubbed track appears in Dolby Digital Stereo. The feature is also closed captioned in English. Bonus materials on this edition include a commentary track featuring director Frank Pierson, screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, actor Troy Garity, and Calpernia Addams, the real-life transsexual whose story inspired this film; interviews with Pierson, Addams, and Garity, as well as actors Lee Pace and Shawn Hatosy; a short documentary on the events that inspired the film; filmographies for the director and leading cast members; and a behind-the-scenes look at the makeup techniques used to transform Lee Pace into Calpernia Addams.
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Special Features

  • Interviews with Troy Garity, Lee Pace, Shawn Hatosy, Calpernia Addams, and director Frank Pierson
  • Commentary track with director Frank Pierson, screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, Troy Garity, and Calpernia Addams
  • "Soldiers' Secrets": A closer look at the true story that inspired the movie
  • Filmographies: Troy Garity, Lee Pace, Shawn Hatosy, and director Frank Pierson
  • Lee Pace Make-up: A transgender transformation
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Soldier's Girl
A group of soldiers in the deep South take vengeance against one of their own when word circulates that he's become involved with a transgendered nightclub performer in this drama based on a true story. Barry Winchell (Troy Garity) was a young man with an educational disability who volunteered for the United States Army and found himself stationed in Tennessee, where he soon struck up a friendship with Justin Fisher (Shawn Hatosy), a high-strung fellow GI with a drug problem. One night with nothing to do, Winchell and Fisher tagged along with a group of soldiers who ended up taking in a drag show at a bar in Nashville. One of the performers on the bill that night was Calpernia Addams (Lee Pace), a transsexual and former combat medic in the Navy who was a veteran of the Gulf War before taking the first steps towards sexual reassignment. While Winchell, who was straight, was aware that Addams was at least partially still male, he found himself attracted to her for her intelligence and sensitivity, while she found herself similarly drawn to him. As Winchell and Addams' mutual attraction grew into a romance, the unstable Fisher found himself increasingly confused and angry with Winchell, and he struck back by spreading rumors that one of the men in their company was gay, with fingers soon pointing towards Winchell. Despite the Army's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the company's drill sergeant (Barclay Hope) took it upon himself to find and remove the gay soldier in his ranks, while the increasingly vicious Fisher aligned himself with Calvin Glover (Philip Eddolls), a young and narrow minded recruit eager to strike out with violence against those different from himself. Directed by veteran filmmaker Frank Pierson, Soldier's Girl premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Troy Garity
    Troy Garity - Pvt. Barry Winchell
  • Lee Pace
    Lee Pace - Calpernia Addams
  • Andre Braugher
    Andre Braugher - Sgt. Carlos Diaz
  • Shawn Hatosy
    Shawn Hatosy - Justin Fisher
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    Merwin Mondesir

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