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MacArthur Park (2001)

The story follows one of many homeless crack addicts living and trying to survive in MacArthur Park. Unbeknownst to perhaps even himself, a man rediscovers why and how he ended up so broken... See full summary »

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Billy Wirth

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Tyrone Atkins (original characters), Tyrone Atkins (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Cody
Brandon Quintin Adams ... Terry
Bad Azz Bad Azz ... Pair
Tami Roman ... Rose (as Tami Anderson)
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Blackie (as Miguel Nunez)
Ellen Cleghorne ... Blue
B-Real ... Freddie (as B Real)
Lori Petty ... Kelly
Glenn Plummer ... Leo
Sydney Tamiia Poitier ... Linda
Sticky Fingaz ... E-Max
Balthazar Getty ... Steve
Kirk Taylor ... Officer Davis
Alexia Robinson ... Kim
Keno K. Deary ... P.T.
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The story follows one of many homeless crack addicts living and trying to survive in MacArthur Park. Unbeknownst to perhaps even himself, a man rediscovers why and how he ended up so broken and alone, all while trying to reconnect with his estranged son in a 24-hour period. Written by slevbot

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, some violence and brief sexuality
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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La Cubanita
Performed by Los Ninos de Sara
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I saw this film at Taos Talking Picture Festival April 2001
30 April 2001 | by maxie-14See all my reviews

I saw this film in April 2001 after waiting over two years. Co-running a fanclub site for Billy Wirth, we have been waiting to see this film finally make it to the screen.

As a take it or leave it Hip Hop - Rap fan, I was blown away by the soundtrack. I felt the music blended and pulled the movie together, it set the pace and took the viewer on a roller coaster ride.

As a heavy duty movie viewer for over 30 years I thought the ensemble cast was extraordinary, with faces many of us will try and place from other films, television, etc.. I was truly amazed to see the performances that Billy got the cast to reveal. It is an intense film and subject matter but with a sense of family, for not giving up on family, or yourself. To see pass the weaknesses that we all share, that with love and faith in each other you can triumph.

I am no expert by any sense of the word but the camera work and the way Billy broke the tension more than once to keep the movie viewer from going over the edge was great. I feel Billy Wirth has found his calling behind the camera and am looking forward to what else he has up his writing/directing sleeve.

The performances of Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Carlton Wilborn, Keno Deary, Ellen Cleghorn were special to me. I look forward to more work from these gifted actors.

I also feel the movie forces the viewer to look inside themselves, to experience another world that many of us don't know and refuse to see. The addict, the homeless, they could all be us. That they do have faces, names, families and souls.


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