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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 (SD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Still Crazy (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

"Strange Fruit" had everything that makes a legendary rockband: Money, Fame, Success, Groupies, a Singer who died of drugs and even a divine ending, when lightning struck the stage during ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson
Stars: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail
Strange Fruit (2012)
Short | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Anabelle D. Munro
Stars: Anabelle D. Munro, Lauren Annette Schoth, Daniela Torchia
Strange Fruit (2002)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1937, after seeing a photo depicting the lynching of a black man in the south, Bronx-born high school teacher Abel Meeropol wrote a poem entitled "Strange Fruit" that begins with the ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Katz
Stars: Dorothy Thigpen, Milton Gabler, Farah Jasmine Griffin
Strange Fruit (Video 2012)
Animation | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Short animated film that contrasts pastoral scenes of the Old South with the racial violence that occured during the Jim Crow era in the United States.

Director: Neal Sopata
Stars: Billie Holiday
Strange Fruit (2008)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A young biracial girl's journey to discover her true origins. Born both Korean and African-American, young Mei Park is raised for ten years of her life believing she is only Korean. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Columbus Short
Stars: Nick Baga, Allison Kyler, Tanee McCall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Allen ...
Kelvin Ayers
Cornell S. Thomas ...
Henchman #1 (as Cornell Thomas)
...
William Boyals
Aaron Kleven ...
Cedric (as Aaron Klevin)
Sam Jones ...
Sheriff Jensey
...
Emma Ayers
Charlie Schroeder ...
Tommy
Wilbert Lewis ...
Preacher (as Reverend Wilbert Lewis)
...
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
...
Deputy Conover
Jon Finck ...
Deputy Adams
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Southern trees bear...Strange Fruit See more »


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 June 2005 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was filmed in late 2004, after Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention, and some television pundits had referred to him as "a very articulate black man." That phrase appears on a billboard as the first scene in Louisiana. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Star Power
Performed by Talib Rox
Written by R. LaChapelle, Jr.
Produced by 5 Points
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
FRUIT Needs Paring
23 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Strange Fruit" certainly occupies a lonely niche on the video shelves

  • a gay drama with an African American cast and themes. For that alone,


it was worth a look-see. Centering around the lynching murder of a gay black man in a small New Orleans parish, the tone teeters between realistic and over-the-top at times. Perhaps it is the 'momma' who seems to be way too young (topped by an ineffective gray wig - wasn't there an actress of age willing to take the role?) or maybe it is the 'moustache twirling' sheriff that unbalances "Fruit", but the film's reality suffers none-the-less. The acting is pretty good, with a background love story (for those who don't care for crime drama). My major problem with "Fruit" is that it seems overly long at nearly two hours and could have been streamlined a bit. On their indy budget, sound suffered the most and the editing is static and doesn't help move the film a long one iota.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Strange Fruit (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?