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Cover -- In the tradition of Women Thou Art Loosed, Cover will engross you in a gripping tale of lies, betrayal and infidelity.
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Aliya Jackson (earlier screenplay)
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They are married men that are on the DL and pass HIV to their male/ female partners basically. Many of the men hide behind the vow of marriage but still desire men. The women know but have grown accustom to the extravagant lifestyle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Aunjanue Ellis ... Valerie Mass

Razaaq Adoti ... Dutch Mass (as Raz Adoti)

Vivica A. Fox ... Zahara Milton

Leon ... Ryan Chambers

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Detective Hicks (as Lou Gossett Jr.)

Paula Jai Parker ... Monica Wilson

Roger Guenveur Smith ... Kevin Wilson

Richard Gant ... Robert Mass

Mya ... Cynda (as Mya Harrison)

Obba Babatundé ... Attorney Miller (as Obba Babatunde)

Victoria Gabrielle Platt ... Charlotte (as Victoria Platt Tilford)

Clifton Davis ... D.A. Simmons

Patti LaBelle ... Mrs. Persons

Clayton Prince ... Greg

Tomorrow Baldwin Montgomery ... Nicole Mass (as Tomorrow Montgomery)
Johnnie Hobbs Jr. ... Reverend Dunn

Karen Vicks ... Mrs. Dunn
Lenny Daniels ... Ms. Gladys
LaVerne Evans Andrews ... Ms. Honeycomb

Christopher Michael Holley ... DL Father
Michael Logan ... House Searching Father

Sakinah Bingham ... Jenny
Ricky Staub ... Bartender
Walt Hunter ... Reporter #1
Janet Zappala ... Reporter #2 (as Janet Zapalla)
Maurice Brown ... Reporter #3
James King ... Concierge

Brook Susan Parker ... Maid (as Brook Bello)
Richard Hidlebird ... Security (as Rich Hidlebird)

John Patrick Barry ... Police Officer
Lorenzo Raybon ... Jail Guard

Linda Miller ... Health Clinic Receptionist

Kenya Cagle ... Policeman
Damascene Pierre Paul ... Officer
Nathalie Carril King ... Yvonne

Nakia Dillard ... Patient
Maurice Ballard ... Guard
Ezekiel J. King Phillips ... Boy In Bathroom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tyerise Foreman ... Street Thug
Ryan J. Mitchell ... Cell Mate (as Ronald Mitchell)

Charles Pendelton ... Rest. Patron
Tamara Woods ... Inmate
Garrett Ching ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Tim Crum ... Man Ordering Drinks (uncredited)

Walter DeShields ... Churchgoer (uncredited)

Ray Ford ... Concierge (uncredited)

Traci Law ... Reporter in Hallway (uncredited)

Raw Leiba ... Man Whistling to Woman (uncredited)
Fallon Maressa ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Sarah McCarron ... Cell Mate (uncredited)
Lavonne Nichols ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
George Pellegrino ... Reporter (uncredited)

David C. Roehm Sr. ... Patient (uncredited)

Dan Rush ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Loren Schofield ... Social Gathering Attendee (uncredited)
Eugene Smith ... Church Member (uncredited)
Ryan Tygh ... Drunken Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Duke 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (screenplay)

Aliya Jackson (earlier screenplay)

Produced by
Gus L. Blackmon .... co-executive producer (as Gus Blackmon)
Kelly Crean .... associate producer
Michael A. DiManno .... executive producer
Michael A. DiManno .... producer
Kenneth Dixon .... co-executive producer (as Ken Dixon)
Bill Duke .... producer
Gwen Field .... associate producer (as Gwen Fields)
Brandon Houston .... associate producer
Aliya Jackson .... associate producer
Bayard Johnson .... co-producer
Mark Kamine .... line producer
Warren Kohler .... producer
Amparo O'Connell .... distribution producer (as Amparo Ochoa Vargas)
Sharon Pinkenson .... co-executive producer
Corey Redmond .... producer
R. Scott Reid .... executive producer
R. Scott Reid .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kurt Farquhar (composer)
 
Cinematography by
Francis Kenny (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Cari Coughlin 
 
Casting by
Ferne Cassel 
 
Production Design by
Jesse Rosenthal 
 
Art Direction by
Elise G. Viola  (as Elise Viola)
 
Set Decoration by
Christine Wick 
 
Costume Design by
Naomi Fells 
Teresa Binder Westby  (as Teresa Binder-Westby)
 
Makeup Department
Qodi Armstrong .... key hair stylist
Diane Dixon .... key hair stylist
Kelly Joell .... co-key makeup artist
Donna Moyer .... key makeup artist
Pamela Peitzman .... makeup artist
Roberta Rogers .... hair stylist: Ms. Fox
Roberta Rogers .... makeup artist: Ms. Fox
 
Production Management
Mark Kamine .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Harrison .... first assistant director (as Steve Harrison)
Kathleen E. Kearney .... second assistant director (as Kathleen Kearney)
Roger Lee .... second assistant director
Brad Robinson .... second second assistant director
Chad Rosen .... first assistant director
Cindy Smith .... assistant director
Tessa Lyn Stephenson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Brett Acker .... set dresser
Krzysztof J. Bratun .... scenic artist (as Krzysztof Bratun)
Jason Currie .... set dec production assistant
Kenneth H. Finn .... assistant prop master
Karyn Gerred .... scenic artist
Jon E. Graf .... construction foreman (as Jon Graf)
Tom Groody .... set dresser
William F. Hennessy Jr. .... set dresser (as Bill Hennessy)
Erika S. Katz .... scenic foreman (as Erica Katz)
Colin Keech .... shop craft
Chris Kubicek .... construction grip
Paul Maiello .... construction coordinator
Morgan Miller .... on-set dresser
Jolie Scherberger .... swing gang boss (as Johanna 'Jolie' Ruhe)
Charles J. Scott .... set dresser (as Chuck Scott)
Lauren Scott .... art department coordinator
Todd Siwinsky .... set dresser (as Todd Siwinski)
Ricky Staub .... art department production assistant
Nell Stifel .... charge scenic
Nancy Stroud .... scenic artist
Jay C. Stuart Jr. .... key construction grip (as Jay Stuart)
Bruce Sumerfield .... buyer: set dressing
Christine Sysko .... leadman
Jeff Tanner .... prop master
Linda Yeckley .... stand-by scenic
 
Sound Department
Vincent Camuto .... boom operator (as Vince Camuto)
Bill Devine .... adr mixer
Bill Devine .... sound re-recording mixer
Thanos Kazakos .... sound effects designer
D.J. Lynch .... re-recording mixer (as DJ Lynch)
Brian Magrum .... adr mixer
George McCartin .... cable (as George 'Veck' McCartin)
Rob McIntyre .... adr mixer
Rob McIntyre .... dialogue editor
Rob McIntyre .... supervising sound editor
Jorge Montijo .... dialogue editor
Steve Neal .... stage assistant
Ian Nyeste .... sound effects designer
Ryan Owens .... dialogue editor
Brian Reed .... adr recordist
Monique Reymond .... foley artist
Todd D. Reynolds .... stage assistant
Phil Rosati .... additional boom operator
Aran Tanchum .... recordist
Aran Tanchum .... sound editor
Thomas Varga .... sound mixer
Paulette Victor-Lifton .... post audio supervisor (as Paulette Lifton)
Thanos Kazakos .... foley editor (uncredited)
Thanos Kazakos .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy T. Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Nicole Callender .... stunt performer
Lou Simon .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Asbury .... gaffer
David Brandon .... electrician
Katherine M. Butler .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Kate Butler)
Ryan Callahan .... company grip
Mark Catania .... "a" dolly grip
Daniel C. Cook .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jason Cortazzo .... company grip
William P. Fiedler .... generator operator
Todd Giresi .... grip
Michael Leonard .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Robert D. Liccio Jr. .... electrician (as Bob Liccio)
Rob Mabin .... electrician
James 'Otis' Mayfield .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Jim Mayfield)
Joe Meccariello .... director of photography: second unit (as Joseph Meccariello)
Alan J. Mehlbrech .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jerad Molkenthin .... electrician (as Jared Molkenthin)
Francine Natale .... electrician
Mike Panczenko Jr. .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brian Raby .... electrician
Daniel Rieser .... key grip (as Dan Reiser)
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Leon Sanginti Jr.)
Ben Schwartz .... digital imaging technician
David Schwartz .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Dave Schwartz)
Jon Sibert .... key grip
Michael Staranowicz .... electrician (as Mike Staranowicz)
David Taicher .... Steadicam operator
David Taicher .... camera operator: "a" camera
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Greg Yurkivich .... best boy (as Greg Yurkovich)
 
Casting Department
Amy De Souza .... casting assistant
Annette Kaplafka .... assistant casting
Mike Lemon .... casting: Philadelphia
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Boaz .... wardrobe production assistant
Naomi Fells-Roper .... assistant costume designer
Honora Jackson .... costume supervisor
Jenn Kupstow .... wardrobe production assistant (as Jen Kupstow)
Elizabeth Macaluso .... set costumer
Kara Morasco .... tailor
Kathie Pierson .... set costumer
Sara Rostami .... costume production assistant
Elizabeth Solomon .... wardrobe production assistant
Jaizelle Stendardo .... wardrobe production assistant
 
Editorial Department
Derek Ellingson .... assistant on-line editor
Sergey Gavrishkiv .... post-production assistant
Brian Hayashi .... post-production assistant
Scott Pellet .... assistant editor
Enzo Raee .... colorist
Will Raée .... on-line editor (as Will Raee)
Andy Williams .... digital dailies
Sevan Mardirossian .... editor: end credits (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Sean Donnelly .... location assistant
John Galloway .... location assistant
Staci Hagenbaugh .... assistant location manager
Josette Hammerstone .... location scout
Jason Pinardo .... location manager
 
Music Department
Alison Ball .... music supervisor
David Lombard .... music supervisor
Tony Moore .... associate music supervisor
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Rick Winquest .... music scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Gregory J. Cimino .... driver (as Greg Cimino)
Fred Linardis .... driver (as Freddie Linardis)
Edward Lynch .... driver (as Ed Lynch)
John Morrone III .... transportation captain (as John Morrone)
John Morrone IV .... driver
George Naylor .... driver
Mark Simms .... driver
John J. Sullivan .... transportation co-captain (as John Sullivan)
 
Other crew
Nicole Agostino .... set production assistant
Derek Sean Carlton .... distribution consultant
Justin Michael Carter .... project liaison
Jessi Cayton .... production assistant
Amy Cutler .... production assistant
Anthony DeFrancesco .... assistant: Mr. Duke
Roy DeMarco .... production assistant
Denise DePalma .... medic
Lena Drobot .... caterer
Robb Foglia .... script supervisor
Joshua Goren .... production assistant
Chris Gormley .... parking production assistant
Vanessa Gutin .... assistant production coordinator
Lauren Harrison .... set production assistant
Charles Heaphy .... production financing
Fiona Walsh Heinz .... assistant to director (as Fiona Walsh)
Blair Howley .... production secretary
Ananias Johnson .... assistant: Mr. Duke
Charles 'Man' Johnson .... production runner (as Man Johnson)
Kathleen Kelly .... medic (as Kathleen M. Kelly)
Bobby Kennedy .... set production assistant
Nick Klinger .... office production assistant
Stephanie LaFlora .... production assistant
Jennifer Marren .... production assistant
Martin Chris McIntyre .... craft service (as Martin 'Chris' McIntyre)
Kerry Moynahan .... office production assistant
Corey Peterson .... key set production assistant
David Raynor .... production coordinator
Dan Reddy .... craft service assistant
Shaun Rogers .... assistant: Mr. Duke
Linda Salatino .... caterer: In Good Taste
Eric J. Scheiner .... set production assistant (as Eric Scheiner)
Adam Schoon .... accounting assistant
Adam Schoon .... set production assistant
Richard Schulenberg .... production counsel (as Richard Schulenberg Esq.)
James 'Pepper' Sloane .... security
Natasha C. Smith .... production accountant (as Natasha Smith)
Kevin Streckewald .... production assistant
Susanne Sulby .... dialect coach (as Susanne Sulby-Case)
Paul Triggiani .... office production assistant
Tony Trov .... set production assistant (as Tony Trovarello)
Mike Virgilio .... set production assistant
Rebecca White .... production accountant (as Rebecca W. Glew)
Brian Magrum .... additional voices (uncredited)
Michalla Petersen .... voice looping (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joseph Abboud .... thanks
Julian Bond .... thanks: NAACP
Jehovah's Chosen .... thanks
Willis Edwards .... thanks: NAACP
Bruce Gordon .... thanks: NAACP
Charles Heaphy .... thanks
Vincent Hughes .... special thanks (as Senator Vincent Hughes)
Peter Leokum .... special thanks: Deputy Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Tony Moore .... thanks
Walter Mothes .... acknowledgment: title images provided by, the Yale University School of Medicine (as Walter Mothes Ph.D.)
Sharon Pinkenson .... special thanks: Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
David Raynor .... special thanks
Edward Rendell .... special thanks (as Governor Ed Rendell)
J. Mickey Rowley .... thanks (as Mickey Rowley)
Jane Saul .... thanks
Nathan Sherer .... acknowledgment: title images provided by, the Yale University School of Medicine (as Nathan Sherer Ph.D.)
Clyde Sherman .... thanks (as Clyde Ashley Sherman)
John F. Street .... special thanks (as Mayor John Street)
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual situations and language, violence and some drug content
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Continuity: When Ryan sits down to the table in the restaurant after his scuffle with Dutch, he is only wearing one necklace, but he had a second necklace with the cross during the scuffle. When he is seated and drinking from the wine glass, he again has both necklaces on.See more »
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Rave: Cover (2007), 5 September 2010
Author: Jucelle Romande from United States

Cover is a little known treat that is surprisingly suspenseful and enlightening. It tackles the highly pervasive yet equally controversial materials like homosexuality and "down-low" in the Black American community. Few movies have dared venture there and make a case for acceptance amongst Christians.

When her husband gets promoted, Valerie Mass's life begins to fall apart. Aunjanue Ellis plays Valerie Mass, an unassuming "God-fearing" church woman, who relocates to a new city with her husband. Razaaq Adoti is Dutch, Valerie's husband. Dutch's social life goes on the fast lane. He soon befriends Ryan Chambers (Leon from the movie Capers), a known womanizer, and starts acting more aloof. Neglected by her husband, Valerie turns to a church prayer group where she meets a sickly woman. The truth she will uncover is worse than anything she could have imagined. When Ryan turns up dead on New Year's Eve, she becomes the most likely suspect.

Aside for Vivica Fox and Leon, the cast is low on the mainstream acting radar. Nevertheless, it delivers decent performances. Black American movies are not without the religious idiosyncrasies but none of that detract from the serious subject matter or a solid plot.

Producers Bill Duke and Kenneth Dixon teamed up to create a complex tale of faith and redemption. The plot is quite simple but, somehow, they manage to keep a tight leash on it, keeping you guessing until the very end.

Leon delivers sex and edge without fail. Few actors in Hollywood command the screen the way this man can. Leon brings charisma and magneticism in every role he plays. Vivica Fox plays her "trademark hood" affectation, which I find annoying. Her role, essentially, brings nothing to this movie. This is a movie with a lot of twists. So, don't expect action.

This is a new recipe for Black films and I look forward to seeing more like it. I definitely recommending renting the DVD and watching it on a girls' night-in.

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