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Night Catches Us -- Set in 70s Philadelphia. After years away, an ex-black panther returns to his old neighborhood only to find himself drawn right back into the rivalries and love affair he left behind. Music by the Roots.
Night Catches Us -- 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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Release Date:
3 December 2010 (USA) See more »
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United by revolution, divided by the past
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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. | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Strong, sensitive, honest feeling slice of African-American life 1976 See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Anthony Mackie ... Marcus Washington
Jamara Griffin ... Iris Wilson
Sadiq Afif ... Colin Dixon
Shango Rich ... Francis Southerland

Kerry Washington ... Patricia Wilson

Ron Simons ... Carey Ford
Tariq Trotter ... Bostic Washington

Damali Mason ... Auntie Lorraine
Jann Ellis ... Auntie Cecile

Thomas Roy ... Old Man Harrison

Amari Cheatom ... Jimmy Dixon
William Zielinski ... Frank Cherry
Christopher Kadish ... Partner

Jamie Hector ... Dwayne 'DoRight' Miller

Nakia Dillard ... T.T

Wendell Pierce ... David Gordon
Matthew Russell ... Young Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Kaufmann ... Cop #2
Art Lyle ... Police Officer

Tariq Rasheed ... Neil Wilson
Kevin C. Walls ... Police Officer

Whitney Wilcox ... Child in Kitchen
Tom Leonard ... Backyard Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Tanya Hamilton 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tanya Hamilton 

Produced by
Sean Costello .... producer
Sheri Davani .... associate producer
Tanya Hamilton .... co-producer
Katie Mustard .... co-producer
Katie Mustard .... line producer
Jason Orans .... producer
Ron Simons .... producer
Adam Spielberg .... co-producer
Althunder Thompson .... associate producer
April Yvette Thompson .... consulting producer
Elliott Williams .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Tom Paul 
 
Cinematography by
David Tumblety 
 
Film Editing by
John Chimples 
Affonso Gonçalves 
 
Casting by
Lois J. Drabkin 
 
Production Design by
Beth Mickle 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Ahern 
 
Set Decoration by
Daniel R. Kersting 
 
Costume Design by
Maren Reese 
 
Makeup Department
April Chatman-Royce .... key makeup artist
Tameaka M. Davis .... assistant hair stylist
Robin Day .... hair designer
 
Production Management
Maura Anderson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sheri Davani .... first assistant director
Lauren K. McGarry .... second assistant director (as Lauren McGarry)
Mel Orpen .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Matthew Amenta .... assistant property master
Jeremy L. Balon .... property master
Ronnie Bruce .... graphic artist
Steven Denisevicz .... on-set dresser
Etoie Edwards-Edlind .... assistant muralist/painter
Noah Grant-Levine .... leadman
Matamba Kombila .... scenic artist
Rebecca Lawrence .... art coordinator
Logan Monighan .... second assistant props
Ramona Sadiq .... picture vehicle coordinator
Shenna Vaughn .... painter/muralist
Tess Yardney .... art intern
 
Sound Department
Shawn Allen .... boom operator
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
James Hicken .... m&e foley recordist
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Wil Masisak .... sound mixer
Eric Milano .... supervising sound editor
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Esther Regelson .... adr editor
Steven Tollen .... sound executive producer
 
Visual Effects by
Manny Dubon .... iq artist
 
Stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernice Autovino .... additional grip (as Bernice Mandy)
Stephen Breslin .... second assistant camera
David Briggs .... gaffer
Nicholas Bupp .... third electric
Paul Dickover .... additional electric
Blake Eichenseer .... additional grip
King J. Greenspon .... best boy grip
King J. Greenspon .... dolly grip
Rory Hanrahan .... first assistant camera
Kristopher Chain Harris .... camera intern
Matt Imbrogno .... additional best boy electric
Benjamin Kitchens .... additional best boy electric
Damon Meledones .... additional digital imaging technician
Blaise Miller .... additional electric
Joel Minnich .... additional grip
Zachary Rubino .... third grip (as Zac Rubino)
Anneke Schoneveld .... set still photographer
Andrew Shankweiler .... best boy electric
John Bernard Vallon .... digital imaging technician
Andrew Wheeler .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Annette Kaplafka .... local casting: Philadelphia
Mike Lemon .... local casting: Philadelphia
Zach Warsavage .... extras casting/coordinating
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celeste Elechi .... wardrobe intern
Kathryn Epps .... wardrobe intern
Tamika Jackson .... on-set costumer
Lindsey Kruichak .... set costumer
Ashley Shartle .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Nick Esposito .... assistant editor
Gregg Garvin .... digital intermediate colorist
Vahe Giragol .... iq assist
Jeffrey N. Levin .... assistant editor
Jonathon Norcross .... editing intern
Zara Park .... digital intermediate producer (as Zara Roberts)
Robert Pearre .... assistant editor
Frank Reynolds .... additional editor
Scot Starbuck .... colorist
Drew Patrick Williams .... editing intern
 
Music Department
Chris Davis .... assistant music editor
Dave Golden .... music editor
Dave Golden .... music supervisor
Perry Levy .... assistant music editor
Tom Paul .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Joshua Biney .... set intern
Owen Byrne .... production assistant
Jean-Paul Chreky .... script supervisor
Jessica Clauser .... production assistant
Frederick Cliver .... unit production assistant
John Cotter .... office intern
Remington Devereaux .... stand-in
Edward J. Eberwine III .... location manager
Maggie Edinger .... office intern
Amanda Fawley .... production assistant
Loretta J. Gary .... craft service
Dasha Halken .... stand-in
Alana Hoffman .... office intern
Evan Krauss .... production counsel
Tamar Lisbona .... office intern
Matthew Medlin .... accountant
Francis Menna .... office production assistant
Aaron Benjamin Miller .... on-set medic
Mikelle Nickens .... office intern
Raquel Maria Perazzo .... assistant unit publicist
Sharon Pinkenson .... film commissioner: Philadelphia
Zachary Quemore .... assistant location manager
Pamela Ryan .... production coordinator
Andrew Salerno .... additional location assistant
John Schuman .... senior armorer
Taj Shareef .... office intern
Amanda Spaeder .... office intern
Kyle Sparano .... key set production assistant
Sarah Stoecker .... production assistant
Ian M. Stratford .... financial counsel
Anita Surendran .... legal counsel
Christina Thomas .... office intern
Zach Warsavage .... extras coordinator
Zach Warsavage .... production assistant
Anastasia Weeks .... set intern
Kim Yacoubian .... office intern
 
Thanks
Richard Hicks .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and violence
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90 min
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USA:R (certificate #46290)

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Trivia:
This movie reunites Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington who previously starred together in Spike Lee's 2004 film 'She Hate Me.'See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Referenced in "Teen Wolf: The Tell (#1.5)" (2011)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Strong, sensitive, honest feeling slice of African-American life 1976, 11 November 2014
Author: secondtake from United States

Night Catches Us (2010)

A really fascinating look at an African-American reality in Philadelphia in 1976. The plot hook is more sensational than the movie itself—a former Black Panther returning home has to adjust to regular life and accusations of tattling. What really grips you, though, is the "regular life" part, because the acting and direction make this all feel honest and revealing. A slice of life done well.

If the core of the movie is how Blacks of different attitudes and philosophies learn to get along (and not get along) with each other, there is also the more expected acrimony between the Black community and the mostly White cops patrolling it. It's hard to know how accurate this part is, because here we are shown clichés of some very dumb and mean and hardheaded white cops, and maybe that was the norm. I'd like to think that some other movies have it right when there are those bad eggs on the force, but that many make an effort to get along and be reasonable with the people they are protecting.

But maybe one message of the movie taken whole is just how different it was back then, in the shadow of the truly radical and violent 1960s, as the Muslim influence was rising, as power was promising to shift more evenly between groups but was lurching too slowly. Maybe it was just filled with such distrust it led to caricatures for real. There are several segments of archival footage of Panthers and other protesting, and the gritty roughness of those scenes reveals some kind of glossing over of the situation for this fictional version made 35 years later.

The leading actor, Anthony Mackie, and leading actress, Kerry Washington, are both likable and excellent. You might say too likable and excellent—there is a modern feel to their demeanors that's hard to put your finger on. But they're both a joy to watch act and interact. The intentions are low key, and the result is easy going despite the tensions around them. It's a love story after all! Writer and director Tanya Hamilton is making her first feature film here, and she makes the most of her modest intentions.

As a commentary on race relations it is nearly the opposite of Spike Lee's approaches in their highly produced flair. And whatever the limitations of the film and its script, it has the net gain of a feeling of sincerity. Which goes a long way.

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