|Directed by||Frank Pierson|
|Written by||Ron Nyswaner|
|Music by||Jan A.P. Kaczmarek|
|Edited by||Katina Zinner|
|Country||United States, Canada|
Soldier's Girl is a 2003 Canadian-American drama film produced by Showtime. It is based on a story of the relationship between Barry Winchell and Calpernia Addams and the events that led up to Barry's murder by a fellow soldier. It was written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Frank R. Pierson, with Troy Garity starring as Barry and Lee Pace starring as Calpernia.
Soldier's Girl was among the ten best Television Programs of the Year (2003) by the American Film Institute.
Barry is a private with the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky while Calpernia works as a showgirl at a transgender revue in Nashville, Tennessee. Barry's roommate Justin Fisher (Shawn Hatosy) brings Barry to the club where Calpernia performs. When Barry and Calpernia start dating, Fisher, out of jealousy, participates in spreading rumors about Barry's alleged affair, which appeared to be a violation of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy which forbids discussion of sexual orientation of military personnel. Barry faces increasing harassment and pressure, which explodes into violence over a Fourth of July weekend after Barry easily beats Calvin Glover in a fight. While Calpernia performs in a pageant in Nashville, Barry is beaten to death in his sleep by Glover with a baseball bat given by Fisher. The film ends with a discussion of the aftermath.
Awards and nominations
|2003||Emmy||Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Frank Pierson)||Nominated|
|Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Prosthetic) (Raymond Mackintosh and Russell Cate)||Nominated|
|Gotham Awards||Breakthrough Actor (Lee Pace)||Won|
|2004||GLAAD||Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-Series||Nominated|
|Golden Globe||Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Troy Garity)||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Lee Pace)||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead (Lee Pace)||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Male (Troy Garity)||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Motion Picture Made for Television||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Troy Garity)||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Lee Pace)||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Shawn Hatosy)||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Movie, Miniseries or Special||Nominated|
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