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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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Charles Burnett

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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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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:

Dormir con rabia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Gross USA:

$1,161,135
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SVS Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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I Hear You Thinking
Performed by Bobby Bland
Written by George Jackson, Arthur Liggins and James Griffin
Courtesy of MALACO Records
Published by Malaco Music BMI
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This movie is very deep...you have to really pay attention in order to get the seriousness of the underlying message. If you pay attention and apply the lessons to your own life you may be able to identify people like the character that Danny Glover portrayed. It has a very deeply religious appreciation for the fact that love covers a multitude of sin. The mother's love brought her family back together and her husband back to life. The garden died and the man of the house fell ill after Danny Glover's character arrived uninvited, unannounced and undermining everything that the family's values were based upon. The mother was a God fearing woman, but she turned to old wives tales remedies rather than standing firmly on her faith in God. Until she remembered that God was the only one that could help her she suffered from lack of faith not knowledge. The man of the house was the spiritual gate keeper for the family, but he allowed his guard down due to misplaced loyalty to an old friend...or at least what he thought was an old friend. He nearly lost his life and his family behind the thoughtless decision to allow a stranger to stay in his home. Danny Glover's character explained to the woman of the house that just as she has a purpose in life he did as well, regardless to the fact that their purposes were in direct opposition to one another. A lesson in life to choose your friends carefully and always know who and what you are dealing with. Pay close attention to the movie and even closer attention to your acquaintances and your surroundings.


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