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Brother to Brother (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 January 2004 (USA)
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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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Rodney Evans

Writer:

Rodney Evans
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Mackie ... Perry
Roger Robinson ... Bruce
Alex Burns Alex Burns ... Jim
Kevin Jackson ... Isaiah - College Professor
Billoah Greene Billoah Greene ... Rahsan
Brad Bailey ... Subway Grifter (as Brad Baily)
Brian Everett Chandler Brian Everett Chandler ... Mr. Williams
Shantell Herndon Shantell Herndon ... Classroom Girl #1
Ryan Michelle Bathe ... Classroom Girl #2
Duane Boutte ... Young Bruce (as Duane Boutté)
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Marcus (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Curtis McClarin Curtis McClarin ... Black Man on Subway (as Curtis L. McClarin)
Michael Mosley ... White Man #1 on Subway
Daniel Stewart Sherman ... White Man #2 on Subway
Olubunmi Banjoko Olubunmi Banjoko
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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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Drama

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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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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Ambitious
6 November 2004 | by topp1guySee all my reviews

Brother to Brother is an interesting film that highlights artists from the Harlem Renaissance and the similar plight contemporary African American artists face today. Like most first time film makers, Rodney Evans tries to accomplish too much in his first narrative film. That he succeeds as well as he does is a testament to his talent and love for his subject manner. This is a film about thoughts and concepts, conflict comes from a deeply internal place: How does a young black artist reconcile the duality of being Black and Gay. How do you handle it when other African-Americans hatred is stronger than the solidarity you want from them? The film is lyrical, appropriately poetic and sincere. Anthony Mackie is strong as the young artist (Perry) who stumbles across an elderly writer from the renaissance who has fallen on hard times, Bruce Nugent, wonderfully played by Roger Robinson. All the performances have charm and style. Brother to Brother is not a perfect film, but without making any special allowances it is an ambitious thoughtful film. It shows a time and place almost overlooked by the general public but worth more than a second look.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De Irmão Pra Irmão See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,245, 7 November 2004

Gross USA:

$80,906

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,906
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1.66 : 1
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