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The Visit (2000)

R | | Drama | 20 April 2001 (USA)
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A young man dying in prison brings his family together for a fateful visit, and proceeds to put his life back together.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charmin Lee White ...
Mrs. Tony Waters
Terrell Mitchell ...
Tony's Son
Enoh Essien ...
Tony's Daughter
Christopher Babers ...
Young Tony (as Chris Babers)
Young Alex
Drew Renkewitz ...
Prison Guard (as Drew Reukewitz)
Guard Enheim
Young Felicia (as Jennifer Nicole Freeman)
Mr. McDonald
Dr. Coles
Lois Waters


Based on a play inspired by a true story, The Visit explores one man's search for understanding and redemption. With the help of a psychiatrist, convicted rapist Alex Waters (Hill Harper) charts a new course that changes forever the fate of those who love him and their memories of him. Written by Anonymous

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Both father and son are in prison. But only one is behind bars.



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Rated R for language and some drug content | See all certifications »


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$6,000 (USA) (15 December 2000)


$186,444 (USA) (18 May 2001)

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Written by Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers (as Richard Rogers)
Published by Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP) & Williamson Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Joe Williams and the Basie Band
Courtesy of Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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3 November 2004 | by (Kansas) – See all my reviews

This movie will change the way you think.

Sent to jail for a crime he didn't commit, Alex (HILL HARPER, He Got Game) must now fight to win his parole. His fight, however, is not with the prison authorities, but with himself. From behind the jail cell bars Alex looks on at the middle class life he left behind and his brother Tony (OBBA BABATUNDE, Life) who now has everything Alex does not. Visits from his parents (BILLY DEE WILLIAMS, MARLA GIBBS), his childhood sweetheart (RAE DAWN CHONG) and the prison psychiatrist (PHYLICIA RASHAD) start to rebuild Alex. Each visit teaches him to love not just the world, but himself. As this spiritual adventure of the heart reaches its unexpected climax, Alex shows us how we can all become better people when we face the demons inside us.

I really, really love this film, and think I am much better off for having seen it.

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