Soldier's Girl is a 2003 dramatic film produced by Showtime.
It is based on a true story: the relationship between Barry Winchell and Calpernia Addams
and the events that led up to Barry's murder by fellow soldiers. It was written by Ron Nyswaner
and directed by Frank R. Pierson, with Troy Garity starring as Barry and Lee Pace starring as
Barry was a private with the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, stationed at
Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Calpernia was working as a showgirl at a transgender revue in Nashville,
Tennessee when the two met in 1999. Barry's roommate Justin Fisher (played by Shawn Hatosy)
brought Barry to the club where she performed. When Barry and Calpernia began seeing each other
regularly, Fisher began spreading rumors on base about their relationship, which appeared to be a
violation of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy about discussing the sexual orientation
of military personnel. The film depicts the increasing harassment and pressure Barry faced, which
exploded into violence over Fourth of July weekend. While Calpernia performed in a pageant in
Nashville, Barry was beaten to death in his sleep with a baseball bat by Calvin Glover, who had
been goaded by Fisher into committing the crime. The film ends with a discussion of the aftermath.
The film depicts Fisher as a sexually confused manipulator jealous of Barry or Calpernia or both.