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Harlem Aria (1999)

R | | Drama | 2 August 2001 (USA)
Chasing his dream, Anton leaves his aunt's home in Harlem for downtown New York City, where a quick-witted street hustler named Wes cons him out of his life savings. Homeless and ... See full summary »

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Wes
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Anton
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Matthew
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Luke
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Fabiano Grazzi
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Julia
Eyde Byrde ...
Auntie
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Clarisse
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Sergeant Scanlon
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Manny
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Chasing his dream, Anton leaves his aunt's home in Harlem for downtown New York City, where a quick-witted street hustler named Wes cons him out of his life savings. Homeless and empty-handed, Matthew, a street musician stalled in his own dreams, invites Anton to perform with him in the park. Amazed by Anton's singing talent, Matthew befriends him and attempts to keep him safe from Wes's enterprising exploitation. Caught in the middle, Anton's journey isn't an easy one. The three men's lives entwine and lead each down a path of destruction, truth and redemption. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong crude language | See all certifications »
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William Jennings described the film's eventual theatrical release in 2010 as "a long tale of woe". See more »

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SOMETHING SOUNDS GOOD IN HARLEM

1999 was a good year for ‘small films' at the Toronto International Film Festival. Goat On Fire and Smiling Fish, Wonderland, Killing By Inches and the poorly marketed, "Joe The King" were all deserving of praise and larger audiences. Harlem Aria was one more card in this straight flush of distinctive films.

Gabriel Casseus [Black Hawk Down, Get On The Bus] is fantastic as Anton, the simple-minded savant who unknowingly has a gift...for singing Opera! To Anton it's just something he loves to do.

When most teenage boys are up in their room masturbating, Anto is up in his room singing. Singing. Singing.

The focus being mainly on the character of Anton made Harlem

Aria the sweet and funny film that it was.

It would be interesting to find out what inspired William Jennings to write and direct this story and to find out how he approached Paul Sorvino to portray the fictional opera great Fabiano Grazzi who crosses paths with Anton.

Rating 8 TWIZZLERS out of 10 TWIZZLERS


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