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At Theaters: 10/2/2015 On Video: 2/2/2016
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 43 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600639
Studio: Lions Gate Films
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New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
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Drama Romantic - This fact-based drama is centered around gay rights and general gay themes. Language and general adult subject matter make the film not for kids. Julianne Moore and Ellen Page fans will enjoy this major dramatic showcase, as well as those of Michael Shannon, in rare nice guy mode here. The other very familiar face in the cast, Steve Carell, only has a very small supporting role.
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Julianne Moore MAPS TO THE STARS, SEVENTH SON, NON-STOP, CARRIE
Ellen Page THE EAST, TO ROME WITH LOVE, INCEPTION, WHIP IT
Michael Shannon 99 HOMES, MAN OF STEEL, THE ICEMAN, MUD
Steve Carell FOXCATCHER
Director: Peter Sollett NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: 13 S-words; 11 GD; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Lesbian kisses and sensuality without nudity.
VIOLENCE: Some hits.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: A car crash.
COMEDY: Comic lines, often gay-themed.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Average "Freeheld” stumbles over too many hurdles to recommend it. The film's heart is in the right place, but its focus is not. "Freeheld” isn't a terrible movie, but it's an unsatisfyingly familiar one.

NY Post Full Review
Average ..it's a disappointment as a movie, though Shannon is especially fine in a rare sympathetic role. ...the pedestrian direction...is strictly Lifetime movie-caliber, shameless in milking Laurel's plight for every last tear.

Rolling Stone Full Review
Above Average ...the movie gets to you, mostly because Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, as lovers in crisis, give unerringly heartfelt performances. If Freeheld cuts corners to get its point across, Moore and Page never do. You'll be with them all the way.

Rex Reed Full Review
Excellent It's a poignant, relevant and beautifully made film that must not be missed by anyone with a heart and a social conscience. This is a responsible movie of great emotional power filled, with scenes of heartbreaking intimacy about how social change can be activated by empathy, courage and love.

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Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell] unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
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