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Liberty Heights (1999)

Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and ... See full summary »

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Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and rock and roll is pushing the Four Lads off the Hit Parade. Ben, a high school senior, and his older brother Van are exploring "the other": in Ben's case, it's friendship with Sylvia, a Black student; with Van, it's a party in the WASP part of town and falling for a debutante, Dubbie. Sylvia gives Ben tickets to a James Brown concert; Dubbie invites Van to a motel: new worlds open. Meanwhile, their dad Nate, who runs a numbers game, loses big to a small-time pusher, Little Melvin; a partnership ensues. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You're only young once, but you remember forever.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for crude language and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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31 December 1999 (USA)  »

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$95,247 (USA) (19 November 1999)

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$3,732,398 (USA) (31 March 2000)
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Trivia

In the scene where they are teeing off at the 'golf course', they are actually standing on the lawn in front of the Mansion House in Baltimore's Druid Hill Park. The Mansion House is the current day administrative offices for the Baltimore Zoo. There is no real golf course in Druid Hill Park. See more »

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During the part of the film which was set in October/November, 1954, the trees had way too many green leaves on them for Baltimore at that time of the year. See more »

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Ada Kurtzman: [about Ben's Halloween costume dressed as Hitler] Your father says you're not going out dressed that way.
Ben Kurtzman: And I'm not changing.
Ada Kurtzman: He says he's not changing.
Nate Kurtzman: I wanna talk to Hitler.
Ada Kurtzman: He has a swastika on his arm and big black boots! He's wearing big black boots! He came down the stairs in them with swastikas all over!
Nate Kurtzman: Put the Führer on the phone!
Ada Kurtzman: Your father wants to talk to you. Sorry!
Ben Kurtzman: [to his friends] You guys can go without me. Yeah, I'm having Halloween here.
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References The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951) See more »

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Red Hot
Written by William R. Emerson
Performed by Billy "The Kid" Emerson
Courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation
By Arrangement with Barbara Orbison Productions Inc.
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Nostalgia, many plot threads and evocative
9 June 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is challenging on many levels and best of all is it does not insult the viewer's intelligence with pat plot lines and easy resolutions. It is very much a slice of life movie and provokes serious thought about growing up and the meaning of prejudice and racial barriers. It is a lovely film and I have resolved to see some other efforts from Barry Levinson as his is a rare talent. He lovingly captures Baltimore in the fifties in all its facets of neighbourhoods, the cast is stellar, not a false note among them, the music is wonderful and all the plot lines come together. I felt sad that it was over, I found myself quite involved with the characters who were multi dimensional with teasing snippets of background as in the disturbed Dubbie saying to Van she did not like spending time with her father and his boyfriend. And Sylvia's family being black and wealthiest by far than the others and she was following her mother and grandmother into a Black College so she could preserve the continuance. 8 out of 10. Recommended.


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