Night Catches Us (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  3 December 2010 (USA)
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In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamara Griffin ...
Iris Wilson
Sadiq Afif ...
Colin Dixon
Shango Rich ...
Francis Southerland
Carey Ford
Tariq Trotter ...
Bostic Washington
Auntie Lorraine
Jann Ellis ...
Auntie Cecile
Old Man Harrison
William Zielinski ...
Frank Cherry
Christopher Kadish ...
Dwayne 'DoRight' Miller


In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement.

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United by revolution, divided by the past


Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and violence


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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Stringbean and Marcus  »

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$13,562 (USA) (3 December 2010)


$75,795 (USA) (18 February 2011)

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This movie reunites Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington who previously starred together in Spike Lee's 2004 film 'She Hate Me.' See more »


When Jimmy test fires the gun in the vacant lot, he cringes and turns away, inexperienced. But when the gun goes off, there is no recoil or gun smoke, only the sound of the gunshot, showing that the gunfire is sound editing; someone who never fired a gun before, especially firing with one hand, would not expect the recoil. See more »

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A beautiful film about America's painful past
25 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching this film was a deeply moving experience for me. So many times we think we know something about a certain period in history and time, but we don't have a real grasp of the impact the events had on real people, how deep it cut, and how people had to struggle to survive.

In 1976 Philly the remnants of Black Panther movement is transforming itself, and we get to watch how different people choose their directions in life. It was eye-opening to understand how these choices will play out in today's Philly, today's America, 35 years later. The tragic events of the early 70's are bleeding into the love triangle that evolves, and the pain is palpable, thanks to beautiful, thoughtful performances by Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie and an overall very strong cast.

The director's approach to film-making is essentially European in storytelling style, she employs different visual media modes from documentary to animation without a cheesy effect, and the main characters are complex and believable.

The movie is easy to watch, you root for the people you meet in it, and it allows you to explore simple, yet important questions - how would you act under pressure, who would you choose above all, what sacrifices you would make in life and how do you live with the aftermath of your decisions. Leaving a movie theater and still pondering over these questions a few days later - now, that's a rare occurrence these days.

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