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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.

Director:

Matty Rich

Writers:

Trey Ellis (as Tom Ricostronza), Paris Qualles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Larenz Tate ... Drew Tate
Joe Morton ... Kenny Tate
Suzzanne Douglas ... Brenda Tate
Glynn Turman ... Spencer Phillips
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Francis Phillips
A.J. Johnson ... Heather Lee (as Adrienne-Joi Johnson)
Morris Chestnut ... Harold Lee
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Lauren Kelly (as Jada Pinkett)
Duane Martin ... Jr. Phillips
Mary Alice ... Evelyn
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ... Dr. Wade
Markus Redmond ... Darryl
Perry Moore Perry Moore ... Moe
Akia Victor Akia Victor ... Charlene
Aaron Griffin 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drew's Inkwell See more »

Filming Locations:

Kure Beach, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,358,988, 24 April 1994

Gross USA:

$8,880,705

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,880,705
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Travelling" is an acceptable, alternate spelling for the gerund form of "to travel". Also, FYI, "travelled" is also acceptable for the past tense. See more »

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Everything Good To You
Written by Sam Taylor
Performed by B.T. Express
Courtesy of Roadshow Music Corp.
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OK coming of age period piece
8 August 2009 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

A black teen (L. Tate) causes a house fire and retreats into himself -- that is, until his parents take him to visit relatives on an island where a section of the beach has been taken over by blacks. Set in the 1970s, the viewer has to get used to the silly hairdos and outfits of the time, and which the writer and director have some fun with, especially during a dance scene. Brothers-in-law Joe Morton and Glynn Turman do not get along at all; the former is an urban working man type and the latter is a pretentious windbag. Eventually, they come to blows in a comic way. Suffice it to say, the introverted kid eventually meets a girl who helps draw him out of his shell. The title refers to the part of the beach that is occupied by blacks, and it is a revelation to the shy kid who has never seen anything like it. Turman as the pompous, upwardly mobile brother-in-law steals the show, which constantly veers from drama to comedy. Worth a watch, although it is uneven.


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