I can't help saying this film was taxing for me. It appeared too long to say what could have been said in half the time. The film as a whole felt disjointed to me, like a bunch of snippets from Pulp Fiction edited and spliced together, perhaps flashbacks of the 50's to the 90's and back again would have given the film more life, credibility, and continuity with regard to the "gay" issue which surely was handled differently in the 50's than in the 90's. The constant reference to being gay at every turn, and these were not happy people, became tedious and exhausting..., maybe I'm just missing the point. What was this film made to teach us? That there was prejudice and discrimination against gays in the 50's? Who doesn't know this?
The setting of the film was predominently on a Naval base, making reference to a feeding ground for people who went in straight and came out "gay," Mimi Rogers plays a Captain who herself is gay and covers it up, while the plot over-emphasizes a kind of "duck and cover" against that which breeds recruits to a gay lifestyle only to be kicked out of the Navy for being so later. What's the point of this film?
References to the Flag, God, and Country were evident and perhaps could have been more emphasized, pride in oneself and one's country as a people not a group, so the character who raises the flag every morning, through three generations, and lowers the flag every evening, with pride, and who acts as a witness to everything around him, who served himself in a war which took his arm, helped tone down the over-exaggerated homophobic issue, making the film a little more palatable, no pun intended honestly.
For me this was a sadly dissatisfying film with potential for greatness with a great cast of actors, but instead it left me hanging with no resolution.