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My Brother's Wedding (1983)

| Drama | March 1985 (USA)
A man who despises his upwardly mobile lawyer brother reluctantly agrees to be best man at his wedding.

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Credited cast:
Everett Silas ...
Pierce Mundy (as Everette Silas)
Jessie Holmes ...
Mrs. Mundy
Gaye Shannon-Burnett ...
Sonia Dubois
Ronnie Bell ...
Soldier Richards (as Ronald E. Bell)
Dennis Kemper ...
Mr. Mundy
Sally Easter ...
Mrs. Richards
...
Angela
Monte Easter ...
Wendell
Frances E. Nealy ...
Mrs. Dubois (as Frances Nealy)
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Mr. Dubois
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terrence Allen ...
Terrence
Charles Anderson ...
James
Roman Bate ...
Man on floor
Rita Williams Bell ...
Injured mother
S'Jon C.L. Blackwell ...
Sleeping boy
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A man who despises his upwardly mobile lawyer brother reluctantly agrees to be best man at his wedding.

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Also Known As:

O casamento do meu irmão  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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$4,294 (USA) (14 September 2007)

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$8,217 (USA) (21 September 2007)
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| (2007 director's cut)

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I wanted to like this film, but . . .
16 February 2015 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

My Brother's Wedding (1983) was written and directed by Charles Burnett. I wanted and expected to enjoy this film, but I didn't.

There's an interesting backstory to the production. The movie was financed by a German TV corporation, which demanded a product by the agreed-upon deadline. Director Burnett gave them a long, rough cut version, that was widely praised in Germany. What we are seeing now is billed as a 78-minute director's cut, released by Milestone. Sounds interesting. Unfortunately, the resulting movie didn't work for me.

The talented Everett Silas plays Pierce Mundy, a young man who lives and works in South Central Los Angeles. Pierce is a good guy--well liked in the neighborhood, not involved in crime or drugs, and willing to care for his elderly relatives. If anything, he's too nice a guy, because he's loyal to his friend Soldier. Soldier has just been released from prison, and he's looking for trouble. (Or, at least, trouble finds him. Some of the plot involving Soldier appears to have been lost in the editing process.)

Probably for economic reasons, Director Burnett cast non-actors in all the other roles. That's a risky gamble. Some directors can pull amazing performances from amateurs, but Burnett could not. Most of the acting is at the level of a high school's senior class play. The people look right, but when they speak it doesn't sound at all natural. (Yes--that's a paradox. You have to be a trained actor to sound like someone who isn't a trained actor. Paradox or not, there it is.)

I respect the fact that other reviewers enjoyed this film. I was prepared to enjoy it too, but, even at 78 minutes, it dragged on and on for me. There weren't that many African-American directors working on serious films in the 1980's. So, for historical reasons, you may consider this film worth seeking out. However, I didn't enjoy it, and, as much as I would like to, I can't recommend it.

Incidentally, we saw this movie at the excellent Dryden Theatre of Eastman House in Rochester, NY. One of the other reviewers said it's available on DVD, but Dryden showed a Blu-Ray version. In any case, the film will work well on the small screen.


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