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To Sleep with Anger (1990)

PG | | Drama | 12 October 1990 (USA)
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Charles Burnett's beautiful, poetic masterpiece is novelistic in its narrative density and richness of characterization. Harry Mention, an enigmatic drifter from the South, comes to visit ... See full summary »

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Paul Butler ...
Gideon
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Sunny (as Devaughn Walter Nixon)
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Suzie
Reina King ...
Rhonda
Cory Curtis ...
Skip
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Babe Brother
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Linda
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Junior
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Pat
Paula Bellamy ...
Mrs. Baker
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Harry
Wonderful Smith ...
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Ethel Ayler ...
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DeForest Covan ...
Fred Jenkins (as DeForest Coven)
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Charles Burnett's beautiful, poetic masterpiece is novelistic in its narrative density and richness of characterization. Harry Mention, an enigmatic drifter from the South, comes to visit an old acquaintance named Gideon, who now lives in South-Central Los Angeles. Harry's charming, down-home manner hides a malicious penchant for stirring up trouble, and he exerts a strange and powerful eff... Written by Anonymous

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When Harry comes to town, he brings good times, bad times... And a lot of trouble!

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12 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Dormir con rabia  »

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$1,200,000 (USA)
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Down Home Blues
Performed by Z.Z. Hill
Written by George Jackson
Courtesy of MALACO Records
Published by Muscle Shoals Sound Pub. BMI
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a lovely gem of a film
1 September 2000 | by (Chapel Hill, NC) – See all my reviews

For the last several visits to the video store, I've been drawn to this film, but it wasn't until a few days ago that I finally rented it. And I'm really glad I did.

This film glows with delicately-drawn character studies. It is a testament to the effectiveness of subtle storytelling. The story is good, and the characters are gentle but passionate. They are middle class folks who live in a pleasant neighborhood in LA. They have left the hardscrabble life of the South -- with all the attendant superstitions and fears -- behind. Or so they hope...

The responses that the characters have to the presence of evil in their midst are refreshing and true. Though the film is subtle, it never drags, gets sentimental, or sloshes into easy cliches.

Danny Glover is wonderful, but so are most of the other actors. Oh, it's about family, but in a way that attracts us. There are no tried and true gimmicks, no diseases du jour, no soapy interludes. Just people. Doing the best they can. They are sometimes funny, sometimes foolish, sometimes predictable. One thing we notice: they can seem excessively patient with out-of- town visitors...


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