Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force (1978)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama, Gay & Lesbian Films  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

This made-for-TV movie begins in 1975, when Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich (Brad Dourif), a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, faces a court-martial and possible discharge. Matlovich's "offense:" He is an admitted homosexual. Knowing full well that the military has a long-standing ban on gays, Matlovich deliberately makes public his sexual preferences in order to test the ban in court. John McGreevey's teleplay is based on actual court transcripts, with no deviations from the facts at hand. Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force was originally telecast August 21, 1978.



courtmartial, homosexual, military, veteran [military]