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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

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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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English

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30 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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OK- wish it was better
14 April 2006 | by philaberrySee all my reviews

OK so here are the comments off the "official" web site.

"Astounding" - ABC7 CHICAGO Astounding seems to evoke some amazing emotion- astonishment. This movie...No- quite the opposite- sometimes- we ask of it- please hurry. Nothing more to say.

"An inspiring story of uncommon valor" - PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER I would not call it inspiring- perhaps (and at best, and at times, thought provoking). And valor is certainly misused.

"Proves that in the right hands simplicity can be a huge artistic asset" - ENTERTAINMENT INSIDERS This is the one comment that I can agree with. There was a focus on simple (good simple- not bad simple) and at times this came across as artistic (ex. the music in the first scenes). I do feel that the overall effort came out OK (even though I disagreed with the aforementioned reviewers.) Reasoning: This movie droned on at times. (Let me discuss the reasons why.) I think that first and foremost- tempo needs to continue- its got to keep on going. This movie did not have this- Why? Perhaps because when music should have been used it was absent from much of the film. When it was there I noticed it and it was really fantastic. It was reminiscent some jazz in Spike Lee's films. This is a huge compliment. Spike's music combination to video is tremendous and at times this film's music was as well. -But then it let you down. (Keep the music up.) Time developing characters and relationships seemed misplaced and drawn out on occasion. It left me wondering- where is the focus. Overall- I wanted it (and L) to win- and in some aspects it did. I enjoyed (parts of) it, but was hoping for more. Finally- What's up with the ending- really. Sometimes you say- wow this would really be a messed up place to end this movie- and in this case it was-...


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