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To Sleep with Anger (1990)

PG | | Drama | 12 October 1990 (USA)
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A charismatic old acquaintance drifts into town, stirring up trouble for a mild-mannered family.

Director:

Charles Burnett

Writer:

Charles Burnett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Gideon
DeVaughn Nixon ... Sunny (as Devaughn Walter Nixon)
Mary Alice ... Suzie
Reina King Reina King ... Rhonda
Cory Curtis Cory Curtis ... Skip
Richard Brooks ... Babe Brother
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Linda
Carl Lumbly ... Junior
Vonetta McGee ... Pat
Paula Bellamy Paula Bellamy ... Mrs. Baker
Danny Glover ... Harry
Wonderful Smith Wonderful Smith ... Preacher
Ethel Ayler ... Hattie
DeForest Covan ... Fred Jenkins (as DeForest Coven)
Sy Richardson ... Slash
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Storyline

Harry Mention, an enigmatic drifter from the South, comes to visit an old acquaintance named Gideon, who now lives in South-Central Los Angeles. Harry's charming, down-home manner hides a malicious penchant for stirring up trouble, and he exerts a strange and powerful eff... Written by Anonymous

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When Harry comes to town, he brings good times, bad times... And a lot of trouble!

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Sleep with Anger See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,295, 14 October 1990

Gross USA:

$1,161,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,161,135
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SVS Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Harry: Ya, but you can't do the shuffle with one leg. You and your wife, in fortunate. Now I'm not talking about you and what you do but some folks that always run to help the victim, deep down are attracted to pain and suffering and love to be near the dying.
Junior: All the people working with us are really doing it 'cause they hate to see suffering.
Harry: You never know what's in the heart and just because you can cry doesn't make you human.
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Soundtracks

Annie Mae's Cafe
Performed by Little Milton (as Little Milton Campbell)
Written by Larry Addison and George Jackson
Courtesy of MALACO Records
Published by Malaco Music BMI
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...then the last preacher said, "My sin is the worst of all".
12 December 2009 | by BERSERKERpoetrySee all my reviews

Maybe it was the bizarre photo of a smirking, card-holding Danny Glover that always gave me the wrong impression of this film. I'm not entirely sure what I expected it to be, but I'm relatively certain I wasn't expecting a quiet family drama.

Writer/director Charles Burnett doesn't reach hard for big statements. The film appears to take place in the 1950s-60s (I couldn't be sure), but the time period isn't chosen out of a desire to create a plot focused on race relations. In fact, the drama is entirely centered around a single small family, and a wild friend from way in the past (Harry, played by Danny Glover). Cinematographer Walt Lloyd creates a familiar environment, whether or not it happens to be personally familiar to the viewer. Everything feels warm and slightly worn, including personalities and ways of speaking.

Although my personal family history couldn't be more different than the family depicted in this film, the character of Samuel "Babe Brother" (Richard Brooks) really hit home for me. His attitude on life and relationship with his father mirrors my own all too closely. It's the honestly of character depiction and interaction that brings out so much truth from Charles Burnett's writing. Everything comes together to make a perfectly realized story of absolute truth. This may just be a great film.


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