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The Visit (I) (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 (as Tim DeZarn)
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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14 June 2004 | by (Jacksonville, FL.) – See all my reviews

I fell asleep with the t.v. on and woke up to find this film. That was the end of the night. I was riveted to the tube. The performances were flawless and so real that I entered into the film and was right there with all of them. Each character was moving and understandable. You have met all of them in your lifetime. It was so moving. The tears flowed and I was taken on a journey into his life. It didn't matter that we did not see what transpired to bring him into prison. You had to believe in him and believe in his innocence to really feel where he was at. The brother summed up what the journey was all about when he spoke at the funeral. It just verbalized what I saw happening and that the prison of his anger was where the real bars existed and that had to be removed by him and only him to allow freedom. What superb metaphor! And we all can relate. I truly would see the movie again and again and am seeking a copy to keep. It is a masterpiece in a celluloid world where few exist.

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