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Brother to Brother (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 January 2004 (USA)
A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.

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... Perry
... Marcus (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
... Young Bruce
... Langston
Alex Burns ... Jim
... Wally
... Zora
... Bruce Nugent
Brad Bailey ... Subway Grifter (as Brad Baily)
Brian Everett Chandler ... Mr. Williams
... Isaiah
Shantell Herndon ... Classroom Girl #1
Billoah Greene ... Rashan
... Classroom Girl #2
Curtis McClarin ... Black Man on Subway (as Curtis L. McClarin)
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A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.

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De Irmão Pra Irmão  »

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Earle Hyman was originally cast in the role of "Bruce," played by 'Roger Robinson' in the film. See more »

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Dreadful
18 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

A film about the Harlem Renaissance and one author in particular. It contrasts it with a modern day story about a young, gay, black artist.

If that sounds vague it's because the movie itself is. It's well-directed, fairly well-written and (for the most part) well-acted. Also the scenes in the past are shot in moody black & white. Also this is one of the few film dealing with gay men that does NOT shy away from sex scenes (not that explicit and no frontal). Still, I mostly hated this.

The film meanders all over the place, is full of unlikable characters (including the main protagonist) and (this is the killer) moves at a snails pace. Three times I considered leaving the theatre because I was so utterly bored. But the director WAS there so I stayed.

His talk afterwords shows this was a labor of love and took 6 years to complete. I really wish I could like this more (there are VERY few films dealing honestly with gay blacks) but I can't. Unless you're very interested in the Harlem Renaissance there's no reason to see this.


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