This made-for-TV film examines freedom of speech issues through events that occurred in Cincinnati in 1989. Cincinnati museum director Dennis Barrie (James Woods) who decides to display an exhibit of pictures by renowned photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, including several sexually explicit shots. The county sheriff (Craig T. Nelson) and a local watchdog group, People for Community Values, are horrified by such images as a man urinating into another man's mouth and decide to take Barrie to court on obscenity charges. Barrie is threatened by telephone. His children are beaten up in school and his wife nearly divorces him, but he refuses to back down and takes the stan...