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Unknown Soldier (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 January 2004 (USA)
Character triumphs over adversity and temptation when a young African-American man is unexpectedly thrust onto the streets of Harlem.

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Ferenc Tóth

Writer:

Ferenc Tóth
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Credited cast:
Antarah Avent Antarah Avent ... Tree
Alexandra Bosquet Alexandra Bosquet ... Mary
Mnuke Boule Mnuke Boule ... Deshawn
Edrick Browne Edrick Browne ... Jaydog
Randy Clark ... Travis
Layla Edwards Layla Edwards ... Tande
Augustine Ekeinde Augustine Ekeinde ... Jay (as Austin Ekeinde)
Z. Louis Finney Z. Louis Finney ... Kenny
Fernando Garcia Fernando Garcia ... Super
Carl Garrison Carl Garrison ... Sam Jones
Kassandra Hernandez Kassandra Hernandez ... Cassandra
Frank Hernández Frank Hernández ... Luis
Leslie Diane Jackson Leslie Diane Jackson ... Mrs. Grady
Jarrell Jordan Jarrell Jordan ... MC
Rayan Lawrence Rayan Lawrence ... Dancer
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Ellison (aka L) just graduated high school and life is breezy. But after his father suddenly dies, all his security is gone. He bounces from place to place staying with a series of friends before landing on the street, and into a shelter. Desperate, he tries to enlist, but the asthma he got from government housing disqualifies him for the Army. Finally, he turns to Zee, his charismatic wealthy neighbor, who has hustled his way up from the streets. Will L honor his hard-working father, or go the way of the streets? Written by Ferenc Toth

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Official Sites:

CL Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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30 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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engaging economical and ultimately moving story
1 April 2006 | by agyarSee all my reviews

i guess this was ultra-low budget. It kind of feels that way but it was interesting. I felt like things kept moving forward, i didn't know where it was going and maybe that's what i liked. I also liked that this young black guy is just a regular kid, not some alpha-male with a chip on his shoulder, which seems to be the stock black young man.

For me the ending really elevated the whole thing. they didn't try to make some big giant statement. they just showed us an image that lead us to believe L was going to be okay. I liked that. the director didn't tie it up in a nice bow. it's the kind of movie that should have an open-ended finish.

All in all i'd say it was strong enough to recommend because I found myself thinking about the story the next day. I didn't expect that, but there i was wondering about this guy while i was waiting for the bus. How many low-budget movies stick with you like that?


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