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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Allen ... Kelvin Ayers
Cornell S. Thomas ... Henchman #1 (as Cornell Thomas)
... William Boyals
... Cedric (as Aaron Klevin)
Sam Jones ... Sheriff Jensey
... Emma Ayers
Charlie Schroeder ... Tommy
Wilbert Lewis ... Preacher (as Reverend Wilbert Lewis)
... Duane Ayers
Nancy B. Shepard ... Funeral Mourner (as Nancy B. Shepard Ph.D.)
Sandra Lutcher ... Funeral Mourner
Charlotte Washington ... Funeral Mourner
Thelma Y. Thomas ... Funeral Mourner
... Deputy Conover
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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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 »

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

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We Old School
by Carmelo Angel Ruiz
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What was I thinking
9 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I too had waited a long time to see this film. As far as I know it has never been released in Australia so in the end I found a copy on the net and ordered it through there. Weeks after my order confirmation it finally arrived and I was extremely excited to finally be sitting in front of my TV ready to watch a film that sounded so interesting and controversial and filmed in an area of the world where so many good movies are. What a disappointment. Within the first few minutes I realised I'd ordered a B Grader but was still full of expectation. I convinced my son (18) to watch it with me as I love sharing when I find a movie of value with good underlying statements and/or story lines. About half way through he got up and said he couldn't stand watching it any longer, it was so predictable and amateurish. I agreed but watched to the end. The acting was atrocious even for B Grade standards. The stereotyping also predictable and I feel for the good folks of Lake Arthur, Louisianna who must've cringed after seeing the film depicting them in such a way. No doubt some racial prejudices still exist in many parts of the world not just the States but really, in this day and age I doubt they'd get away with all the ridiculous alibi's presented in this. I had to double check the date the film was made as their attempts at gimmicky filming of the more gruesome scenes was something I'd expect from a high school student's first attempt at making a film 'indy' like. I'd like to see this film put into the hands of experienced scriptwriters and film makers, its an old tale but one that could still pack a punch if dealt with professionally. So disappointed after such a long wait and with such high expectations. The soundtrack was probably the only thing I enjoyed.


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