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The Inkwell (1994)

A shy, troubled young man who set his own house on fire and has an imaginary friend, is sent to a vineyard where he finds himself in the middle of his political-arguing, party-loving family and his love torn between two girls.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Drew Tate
... Kenny Tate
... Brenda Tate
... Spencer Phillips
... Francis Phillips
... Heather Lee (as Adrienne-Joi Johnson)
... Harold Lee
... Lauren Kelly (as Jada Pinkett)
... Jr. Phillips
... Evelyn
... Dr. Wade
... Darryl
Perry Moore ... Moe
Akia Victor ... Charlene
Aaron Griffin ... Boy w / Lauren
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Storyline

In 1976, Drew Tate is a young teenager who has trouble dealing with life after he accidentally sets his house on fire. His parents Kenny and Brenda decide to go to Martha's Vineyard to spend Fourth of July weekend with Brenda's sister Francis, Francis' black Republican husband Spencer and their son Junior. While there Drew falls for a self centered girl named Lauren and befriends a married lady named Heather. While on their vacation, Drew deals with his parents attempts to save their marriage as well as with his own troubles. Eventually all of this leads to a life changing event for Drew as well as his parents. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Summer's Never Been So Much Fun!

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Romance | Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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22 April 1994 (USA)  »

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$8,880,705
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Trivia

Writer Trey Ellis hated the finished version of the film and had his name replaced the fictitious Tom Ricostronza. "Ricostronza" is Italian for "rich bitch". See more »

Goofs

A marquee is displayed showing a real film titled Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars. However, the spelling is incorrect as the marquee spells Traveling with two L's. See more »


Soundtracks

Go Tell It On The Mountain
Traditional, arranged by Jonathan Grier and Rowland Greer
Performed by The Southland Gospel Choir
Courtesy of Sonoton/Associated Production Music
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Films I wish people would make!
7 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Often we see so many stereotypical movies about minorities in film. This time a black child, that could just as easily have been a white kid with a script rewrite, begins to experience adolescence as a young man. He has some issues he is dealing with and is counseled by several adults throughout the movie. What I liked most about this movie was the beautiful portrayal of blacks in love. The kids, and the parents. It was like watching an old home movie of my own family.

Too bad Matty Rich disappeared after this film. I was kinda hoping it would turn into a trend. Blacks in positive roles in films.


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