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Strange Fruit (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 20 October 2004 (USA)
William Boyals, a successful, black, gay attorney in New York, is drawn back to the small, rural Louisiana town he long ago escaped from to investigate the lynching of a black gay childhood friend.

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Kyle Schickner

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Kyle Schickner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Allen Ron Allen ... Kelvin Ayers
Cornell S. Thomas Cornell S. Thomas ... Henchman #1 (as Cornell Thomas)
Kent Faulcon ... William Boyals
Aaron Kleven ... Cedric (as Aaron Klevin)
Sam Jones Sam Jones ... Sheriff Jensey
Berlinda Tolbert ... Emma Ayers
Charlie Schroeder Charlie Schroeder ... Tommy
Wilbert Lewis Wilbert Lewis ... Preacher (as Reverend Wilbert Lewis)
David Raibon ... Duane Ayers
Nancy B. Shepard Nancy B. Shepard ... Funeral Mourner (as Nancy B. Shepard Ph.D.)
Sandra Lutcher Sandra Lutcher ... Funeral Mourner
Charlotte Washington Charlotte Washington ... Funeral Mourner
Thelma Y. Thomas Thelma Y. Thomas ... Funeral Mourner
Jared Day ... Deputy Conover
Jon Finck Jon Finck ... Deputy Adams
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William Boyals, a successful, black, gay attorney in New York, is drawn back to the small, rural Louisiana town he long ago escaped from to investigate the lynching of a black gay childhood friend.

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Not Rated
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USA

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English

Release Date:

20 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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Fencesitter Films See more »
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Color
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First credited feature film role for Ron Bottitta, who portrayed Deputy Butler. See more »

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Chico was not harmed in the making of this film. See more »

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References In the Heat of the Night (1967) See more »

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Star Power
Performed by Talib Rox
Written by R. LaChapelle, Jr.
Produced by 5 Points
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Excellent Independent Film
20 September 2008 | by jamesabutler44See all my reviews

"Strange Fruit" does indeed have its flaws primarily the stereotypical redneck Sheriff. Additionally, one has to suspend believe entirely to believe a handsome African American man would come out as gay in high school in the deep south. However, getting past that, how likely is it that a homophobic self-righteous Sheriff would allow a gay bar to exist in his Parrish? Nonetheless, despite the weak plot devices and one-dimensional portrayals of some of the ancillary characters, the movie tells a story that needs to be told. That is, how difficult it is for gays - especially African American gays to find acceptance both in their families and their communities. The dead characters mother provides some telling insight into the whole "DL" phenomenon when she laments that fact that her some Kelvin "Never knew how to blend in." This is very realistic as a lot of African Americans have disdain for effeminate gays. If you're "passable" and keep your personal life hidden, everybody's OK with that. Kent Faulcon, who portrays William Boyals, alone is worth watching this movie for. He's unbelievably handsome, and gives a dignified and powerful performance. His depiction should be required viewing for black male actors who shy away from accepting gay roles. Playing gay need not require sacrificing one's manhood. Also moving is the depiction of a mother who loves her child, but cannot accept his sexual orientation therefore believes she should hold on to her hurt, anger, and bitterness rather than finding a way to deal with it. I would recommend viewing "Strange Fruit" for the social commentary it so realistically portrays.


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