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Harlem Aria -- Anton (Gabriel Casseus) isn't like the other kids in Harlem.  He's naïve and lacks street smarts, but he has a heart of gold and a dream to use his extraordinary operatic singing voice on stage. ..
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Chasing his dream, Anton leaves his aunt's home in Harlem for downtown New York City, where a quick-witted... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Damon Wayans ... Wes

Gabriel Casseus ... Anton

Christian Camargo ... Matthew

Malik Yoba ... Luke

Paul Sorvino ... Fabiano Grazzi

Kristen Wilson ... Julia
Eyde Byrde ... Auntie

Nicole Ari Parker ... Clarisse

Fenton Lawless ... Sergeant Scanlon

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Manny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeremiah Alexis ... Sentry

Patrick Clarke ... Security Guard
Lee Michael Cohn ... Policeman

Sheila Edmondson ... Girl on the Rooftop
Buddy Fitzpatrick

Lord Kayson ... DaVinci

Charles Keating ... Professor

Reno ... Carla
Bill Rude ... Security Guard #2
James Saxenmeyer ... James

Alex Tavis ... Counter Man

Al Thompson ... Bill

Patrick M. Walsh ... Homeless man

Kevin Craig West ... Money Chaser (uncredited)

Directed by
William Jennings 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Jennings  writer

Produced by
Rene Bastian .... line producer
Hale Coughlin .... executive producer
Linda Moran .... co-producer
Deepak Nayar .... producer
Annice Parker .... co-producer
Darryl Pryor .... co-producer
Isabell von Alvensleben .... executive producer
Philip von Alvensleben .... producer
Damon Wayans .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Beal 
Fabian Cooke 
Cinematography by
Keith L. Smith 
Film Editing by
John Fahy 
Sabine Hoffman  (as Sabine Hoffmann)
Casting by
Denise Fitzgerald 
Production Design by
Cecil Gentry 
Art Direction by
Lorenza Arizaga 
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker  (as Daniel Glicker)
Makeup Department
Loretta Alston .... key hair stylist
Nuria Sitja .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Stefano Celesti .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Bentham .... second assistant director
Jeff Drury .... second second assistant director
Vince P. Maggio .... first assistant director
Randall J. Strauss .... first assistant director (as Randy Strauss)
Art Department
David Cooney .... storyboard artist
Jose Pavon .... lead man
Raimy Rosenduft .... art department intern
Duke Scoppa .... property master
Sound Department
Eben Baume .... boom operator
Joe DiGiorgi .... sound mixer
Russell Farmarco .... supervising sound editor
Karen Heston .... sound
Orada Jusatayanond .... sound effects editor
Klaus Peintner .... sound editor
Elmo Weber .... supervising sound editor (as Elmo Webber)
Visual Effects by
Brad Erre .... digital artist
John Fahy .... visual effects supervisor
Pete Germano .... digital artist
Janet Quen .... digital effects artist
Mike Russo .... digital artist
Alex Schlacher .... post production assistant
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Manny Siverio .... stunt performer
Patrick M. Walsh .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Haffe Acosta .... electrician
Sergei Franklin .... Steadicam operator
Patrick R. Heffernan .... best boy grip
Jendra Jarnagin .... additional electrician
Juliet Lofaro .... still photographer
Ben Plotkin .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Steinman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Rodney Evans .... first assistant editor
Steven Nevius .... additional film editor (as Steve Nevius)
David C. Whitten .... color timer
Music Department
Michele Wernick .... music supervisor
Other crew
Haffe Acosta .... production assistant
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Marisa Clayton .... dailies assistant: Magno Sound & Video
Melissa Elliott .... title designer
Melissa Ettere .... production assistant
Rob Feld .... production resources
Jay Flats .... production assistant
Rachel Florian .... assistant to producer
Corey Hennig .... production coordinator
Joe Humares .... location manager
Kristi Lake .... production executive
Megan Lombardo .... production assistant
Bill Rude .... first assistant location manager
John Sclimenti .... delivery supervisor

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Rated R for strong crude language
100 min
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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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References "Life Goes On" (1989)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Feel-Good Film with Real Integrity, 22 July 2002
Author: musikundfilm from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

I saw this at the 2002 National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. It's a beauty -- the quirky story line should appeal to all sorts of moviegoers, young and old, black and white, whatever. Writer-Director William Jennings' story will resonate with anyone who wants to believe we can overcome obstacles and achieve our dreams, even uncommon ones. That makes it sound saccharine, but bear in mind that Damon Wayans is in it! He helps make it a great blend of comedy, drama, and street "reality." Basically, the plot involves a young man in Harlem (Gabriel Casseus) who dreams of becoming an opera singer. He's developmentally disabled, a bit of a Forrest Gump, so misadventures ensue when he runs away from his domineering aunt. The characters are believable enough, the plot too, but nothing in the story line is easily predictable. That's part of this movie's enormous charm. It's hard to know what to compare this with -- Soul Food? Amelie? It's even harder to believe that the film hasn't yet found an American distribution deal. "Harlem Aria" is the best movie I've seen in a long time.

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