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20 June 2008 (UK) See more »
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Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Charles Burnett 
 
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Charles Burnett 

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Charles Burnett .... producer
 
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Charles Burnett 
 
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Charles Burnett 
 
Sound Department
Willie Bell .... assistant sound
Charles Bracy .... sound
Andy Burnett .... assistant sound
Larry Clark .... assistant sound
Christine Penick .... assistant sound
 
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Kathy Thomson .... digital intermediate colorist
 
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François Vila .... press agent
 

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83 min
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Burnett encountered actor Henry G. Sanders in the elevator of the building where he worked. He immediately asked him to do a screen test for the film, because he found he had an unusual face.See more »
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Continuity: After Stan and his friend load the engine block on the truck, they drive away and it falls out, and a car is then seen parked along the curb. The car was not there when they carried the engine out.See more »
Quotes:
Man:[first lines]
Man:[to his older son] You let anyone jump on your brother again, and you just stand and watch - boy, I'll beat you to death! I don't care who started what, or whether he was winnin' or losin'; well, you get a thick oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, a goddam brick, get *anything*, and you knock the shit out of whoever fightin' your brother! 'Cause if anything was to happen to me or your mother, you ain't got nobody except your brother. And this goes for him, too - and he knows! You're the one that keep comin' up with this off-the-wall bullshit about "Henry started it".
Man:[he coughs harshly]
Man:Now if the, if the son of a bitch is too big for you, you come get me... You are not a child anymore. You soon will be a goddam *man*. Now, start learnin' what life is about *now*, son.
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A piece of humanity, 13 April 2008
Author: madmaxmedia from Los Angeles, CA

It's not about blacks, it's not even necessarily about the poor, it's a piece of humanity through the eyes of a sensitive filmmaker, and as such is a subtle and delicate thing. Unfortunately, all the 'hooplah' (Library of Congress, student film, etc.) about the movie I think basically buries the beauty of this movie for many viewers.

The beauty of this movie are in the subtle details that Burnett catches. The film has been described as being 'documentary' in style, but to call it that misses the deeper beauty of many of the scenes. To call it a 'slice of life' may be a bit more accurate, but even that doesn't sit well with me- it implies a sort of haphazard, random, cutesy story meant to seem ordinary but 'mean' more, or end up wrapping itself around a common Hollywood plot and message (love conquers all, try hard and don't give up, etc.) This movie is more like a wonderfully telling and sensitive and subtle piece of poetry. Without a significant plot line, all there may be are details, but the devil is in the details. Details captured from real life, not clumsy metaphors to assigned like a color-by-number picture.

I don't like giving ratings, especially too soon after I see a movie. But I'll rate it a 9 for now, and perhaps revise later (though I doubt I will ever lower my score.) A movie like this can be challenging to watch. There's no parts to piece together or 'figure out', there are no big character arcs or big dramatic moments. I'll leave it to each own's opinion whether this is a good or bad thing, but all the hyperbole aside, in my opinion this is a great movie.

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