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 »
Mario Van Peebles stars as an android killing weapon designed by the military and utilized to enter into a Latin American war to destroy the rebels - natives fighting simply to maintain ... See full summary »
Mario Van Peebles,
A high school valedictorian who gets baked with the local stoner finds himself the subject of a drug test. The situation causes him to concoct an ambitious plan to get his entire graduating class to face the same fate, and fail.
Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence.... See full summary »
Adrien Brody plays a hard-boiled con-man who lures Japanese businessmen into assignations with hand-picked call-girls - and then poses as a vice cop in order to extract bribes for overlooking their transgressions. Pam Grier is equally hard-boiled as a real detective vowing to end his shake-down enterprise. The cynical scam artist's life becomes increasingly complicated when he meets a beautiful graduate student who falls for him. It isn't long before she has dismantled his tough exterior to reveal a sensitive soul who dreams of being a writer. He resists the girl's efforts to get him to reform, and subsequently rejects her, so she decides on a dangerous strategy to win him back. In different hands - and with a less talented cast - 'Love The Hard Way' would likely be a horrible mess. In this instance writer/director Peter Sehr and cinematographer Guy Dufaux avoid the usual traps and invest the story with some genuine originality - while Brody and Charlotte Ayanna give the star-crossed lovers poignant depth as they wind their tormented way towards a resolution of their problems. Like the movie itself, they walk a tightrope between the gritty and sentimental, and it turns out to be an unusually moving journey.
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