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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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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

Gross USA:

$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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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 »


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Written by Carlos Ward
Performed by B.T. Express
Courtesy of Roadshow Music Corp.
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Virgin City
16 February 2003 | by IrockGswiftSee all my reviews

I enjoy watching movies that reflect back to the 70s,but as for Larenz Tate character in the movie to me seems kinda wierd. In comparison to the year before with "Menace to Society" were he play a ruthless gangster. In this movie he portrays a shy young man who travels to Martha's Vineyard with his parents in the summer of 1976. He carries a doll with him through have of the movie,get shoved to the floor by a guy who's dancing with a girl he's interested in,and gets stood up by Jada Pinkett who went back to her ex-boyfriend. Talk about a 360 in character. Still a good movie but I think it's more of a home situated movie then going to the theaters. As for Larenz Tate the best part of the movie for him is he learn how a man feels when making love to a woman.


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