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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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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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8 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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History, Heroism, Forgiveness See more (13 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)
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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 Bloom .... foley artist
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
Zac Rubino .... third grip
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
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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The white Cadillac in the film is a 1969 Sedan DeVille.See more »
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Anachronisms: The blue Chevy Caprice police car is a 1986-1990 model, even though the film is supposed to take place in 1976.See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
History, Heroism, Forgiveness, 27 December 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

NIGHT CATCHES US is a gripping film that reminds us of the importance of the Black Panther Movement. Historical distance and changes in this country may have numbed the memory of a social movement as an important racial equality step and the very words 'Black Panther' are unfortunately tainted with the radical ugly aspects. But Tanya Hamilton has written and directed this compelling movie NIGHT CATCHES US and hopefully the core meaning of the movement will gain respect in the minds of those fortunate to see this brilliant little film. In order to help those who are unfamiliar with this movement a brief history may help appreciate this film. 'The Black Panther Party (originally the Black Panther Party for Self- Defense) was an African-American revolutionary leftist organization. It was active in the United States from the mid-1960s into the 1970s. The Black Panther Party achieved national and international impact through their deep involvement in the Black Power movement and in US politics of the 1960s and 70s, as the intense anti-racism of the time is today considered one of the most significant social, political and cultural currents in US history. The group's "provocative rhetoric, militant posture, and cultural and political flourishes permanently altered the contours of American Identity. Founded in Oakland, California, by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton on October 15, 1966, the organization initially set forth a doctrine calling primarily for the protection of African American neighborhoods from police brutality. But the Black Panther Party's objectives and philosophy expanded and evolved rapidly during the party's existence. The organization's leaders passionately espoused socialist and communist (largely Maoist) doctrines, but the Party's black nationalist reputation attracted an ideologically diverse membership. Ideological consensus within the party was difficult to achieve, and some prominent members openly disagreed with the views of the leaders.'

The year is 1976 and Marcus Washington (Anthony Mackie, in a brilliant role) returns to Philadelphia after serving a jail term. He is without a job or place to stay and his father has just died, leaving the old family house to his brother who has sold it. Marcus sees his old friend Pattie -now Patricia - Wilson (Kerry Washington, likewise in a moving performance) who had been married to and had a child Iris (Jamara Griffin) by his best friend who was brutally murdered by the police in his own home. Marcus' arrival in the neighborhood (essentially unchanged from the height of the Black Panther days) and branded a 'Snitch' by his old friends: they believe Marcus informed the police of his friend's killing of a police officer and blame his friend's death on him. Patricia is now a lawyer and spends her days defending young black men and her time off supplying food and shelter to the parentless children of the neighborhood. Her nephew Jimmy (Amari Cheatom) has inherited the anger of the past and Patricia must frequently bail him out of jail for arrests for 'verbal abuse' of police officers. Though Patricia has a live-in lawyer boyfriend Carey Ford (Ron Simons) who helps her in her drive to better the lives of the neighborhood, once Patricia and Marcus rekindle their past friendship (and more), Carey moves out and Marcus moves in. Together Marcus and Patricia share the cause of the death of Iris' father with the bright young girl, an incident that draws the three of them closer. But old hates still exist and the bloody aspects of the Panther Movement appear to rekindle because of Marcus' presence. Marcus is approached by a black police captain Wendell Pierce (David Gordon) to infiltrate Marcus major enemy 'Do Right' Miller (Jamie Hector), but Marcus sees through the age old struggle between the neighborhood and the police, remembers the anguish of the past, and refuses to carry out the planting of evidence. After a scene of the Truth in the retelling of the history of Iris' father's murder - Patricia and Marcus finally face the past - and Marcus moves on.

To give more details of the story would distract from the power of the message. This is a movie that simply should be seen to put that period of time in perspective. The cast is particularly fine, not only Mackie and Washington, but also the young and very talented Amari Cheatom among others. One wonders why the sound track doesn't reflect the music from that period, instead using contemporary rap music, but that is a very small defect in an otherwise VERY fine film.

Grady Harp

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