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Strange Fruit (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 22 June 2005 (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

Writer:

Kyle Schickner
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Cast

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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Southern trees bear...Strange Fruit See more »


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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Fencesitter Films See more »
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Color
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Although the film's title refers to a song by Billie Holiday about lynching in the south, that song, "Strange Fruit," is not heard until the final credits are rolling. See more »

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

Connections

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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A good story, waiting for proper funding
5 November 2009 | by rgcustomerSee all my reviews

After the first few minutes, I figured I wouldn't give this film anything higher than a 5. The sound is atrocious. The violent scenes are beyond amateurish. Some characters, particularly the Sheriff, were parodies of themselves, and unintentionally painful to watch. And some characters had sudden changes of heart that weren't believable.

But two things hold the viewer's attention. First, Ken Faulcon in the lead role is believable and captivating. And second, the story of twin bigotries is also believable, and the plot is told in a way that the ending was a complete surprise to me, in more ways than one.

I agree with others who said this film could be better paced near 90 minutes. Get a better cast, fine-tune the script, improve the production values, and you could have something. Look what happened to those atrocious Madea videos -- some became half-decent movies. While I give this current film a 6, I'm certain that a remake could achieve a 7 or 8.


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