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Motives (2004)

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Motive is an edgy thriller that centers around Emery Simms, a highly educated and successful business tycoon who happens to be married to the quintessential wife Constance. Things go ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivica A. Fox ... Constance Simms
Shemar Moore ... Emery Simms
Golden Brooks ... Allannah James
Sean Blakemore ... Brandon
Joe Torry ... Derrick Woods
Victoria Rowell ... Detective Pierce
Mel Jackson ... Detective Morgan
William L. Johnson ... Ray
Caryn Ward Caryn Ward ... Gwendolyn
Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Letrice
Brian Hite Brian Hite ... Kenneth Stroud
David E. Collier ... Reyes (as David Collier)
Candice Carbo Candice Carbo ... Anna
Antwan Mills Antwan Mills ... Stan
Mike Pniewski ... Simon (as Mike Piniewski)


Motive is an edgy thriller that centers around Emery Simms, a highly educated and successful business tycoon who happens to be married to the quintessential wife Constance. Things go dangerously awry when the thrill seeking Emery engages in an adulterous fling with the wildly free-spirited and exotic Allanah. Timing couldn't be any worse when the politics of high society, shady business deals, bad press, and a violent murder collide, they threaten to destroy more than just his shaky marriage. As police probe into his situation, they uncover a labyrinth of deception, agendas and motives, where the stakes are enormous and nothing is what it seems. Written by Rob Hardy

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There is only loyalty or betrayal. Nothing in between.


Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

24 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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All African American cast See more »


When Allannah gets kicked out of the dorm room, she pushes the door out to leave the room (an outward swinging door). The next shot from the outside of the room shows her exiting the room with the door closing toward her as an inward swinging door. See more »


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Pride comes before a fall
13 March 2013 | by krachtmSee all my reviews

The plot: An arrogant businessman tries to hold on to his charmed life after an ill-advised affair threatens to bring down everything.

Motives is a low budget, direct-to-video erotic thriller. Erotic thrillers often end up being half gritty noir and half soft-core porn, and Motives isn't any different. The noir element was fairly straightforward if a bit derivative, with a pretty decent twist at the end. However, the sex scenes were so unconvincing and amateurish that I almost laughed. I've seen better sex scenes in made-for-cable movies back in the 1980s when there was nothing else to watch after midnight.

Motives has an all Black cast, which could be either viewed as a gimmick or an attempt to break out of the stereotypical "Black" movie. I think it's a bit of both, really. It's also got a soundtrack chock full of R&B ballads, which really didn't do anything for me. I prefer heavy metal or classical music. Given the movie's demographics, however, this is probably a better choice than Iron Maiden or Judas Priest.

Though it sometimes degenerates into soap opera melodrama, it always comes back to thriller territory eventually. If you're looking for an original, slick, and sexy thriller, Motives might not be the best choice. If you just want something to pass the time, it'll do.

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