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Strange Fruit (2004)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  22 June 2005 (USA)
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William Boyals, a successful, black, gay attorney in New York, is drawn back to the small, rural Louisiana town he long ago escaped from to investigate the lynching of a black gay childhood friend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Allen ...
Kelvin Ayers
Cornell S. Thomas ...
Henchman #1 (as Cornell Thomas)
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William Boyals
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Cedric
Sam Jones ...
Sheriff Jensey
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Emma Ayers
Charlie Schroeder ...
Tommy
Wilbert Lewis ...
Preacher (as Reverend Wilbert Lewis)
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Duane Ayers
Nancy B. Shepard ...
Funeral Mourner (as Nancy B. Shepard Ph.D.)
Sandra Lutcher ...
Funeral Mourner
Charlotte Washington ...
Funeral Mourner
Thelma Y. Thomas ...
Funeral Mourner
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Deputy Conover
Jon Finck ...
Deputy Adams
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William Boyals, a successful, black, gay attorney in New York, is drawn back to the small, rural Louisiana town he long ago escaped from to investigate the lynching of a black gay childhood friend.

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Although the film's title refers to a song by Billie Holiday about lynching in the south, that song, "Strange Fruit," is not heard until the final credits are rolling. See more »

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Chico was not harmed in the making of this film. See more »

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References In the Heat of the Night (1967) See more »

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He's Got Enough Love
Performed by Felix Linden and Edgar Scott
Written and Produced by Felix Linden
Published by Magic Bag Publishing (ASCAP)
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Excellent debut thriller from Kyle Shickner & Co.
18 October 2004 | by (Cork, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I went to see this 3 nights ago here in Cork, Ireland. It was the world premiere of it, in the tiny cinema in the Triskel Arts Centre as part of the Cork Film Festival.

I found "Strange Fruit" to be an excellent movie. It is a bit rough around the edges, but for a low-budget movie that is to be expected! In general the acting (particularly from the main lead Kent Faulcon) is wonderful, the cinematography and direction excellent, and the script hugely entertaining and thought-provoking, with some nice set-ups and witty dialogue.

The ending was a bit sudden, with no conclusion given to characters and events once the finale came to its gripping end ... but perhaps that's what the filmmakers were going for? It certainly did make the movie more unsettling. I did like the fact that the main character never came to terms with his mother on screen: it leaves you wondering whether or not he ever will, as in real-life sometimes these things are never settled. This was a good choice, to leave it unresolved rather than sentimentally wrapping it up!

Taut and suspenseful throughout, "Strange Fruit" is a hugely ambitious debut and I have high hopes for what the writer/director Kyle Schickner will unleash next. He - and his colleagues - are a talent worth watching.

I hope "Strange Fruit" gets a wider release soon, as more people deserve to see this movie, an above-average thriller with some original and insightful twists on homophobia and racism in America's Deep South.

Highly Recommended: 7/10


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