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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Butler ... Gideon
... Sunny (as Devaughn Walter Nixon)
... Suzie
Reina King ... Rhonda
Cory Curtis ... Skip
... Babe Brother
... Linda
... Junior
... Pat
Paula Bellamy ... Mrs. Baker
... Harry
Wonderful Smith ... Preacher
Ethel Ayler ... Hattie
... Fred Jenkins (as DeForest Coven)
... Slash


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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12 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dormir con rabia  »


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Precious Memories
Traditional, attributed to J.B.F. Wright
Performed by Sister Rosetta Tharpe (as Sister Rosetta Thorpe)
Courtesy of SAVOY Records
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somewhat elusive, but stick with it
8 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

One good role for Danny Glover can erase the memory of several 'Lethal Weapon' and 'Predator' sequels, but it took a small, independently produced feature to bring the best out of one of Hollywood's hardest working actors. In this modest comedy Glover plays an enigmatic travelin' man named Harry, arriving unannounced at the home of some old friends and adding a subtle tension to the domestic friction already eroding three generations of family ties. But the trouble with Harry is less what he is than what he represents: the ghost of old traditions lurking in the cultural closet, and for a family already sensitive to portents and omens he might be the embodiment of all their superstitions. Writer director Charles Burnett keeps the viewer on guard with his elusive plot and complex characters, but the film is understated almost to a fault. The metaphors and hidden meanings (better suited to a stage play) help create a portentous mood, but in the end leave a lot unexplained.

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