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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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Ron Allen ...
Kelvin Ayers
Cornell S. Thomas ...
Henchman #1 (as Cornell Thomas)
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William Boyals
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Cedric (as Aaron Klevin)
Sam Jones ...
Sheriff Jensey
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Emma Ayers
Charlie Schroeder ...
Tommy
Wilbert Lewis ...
Preacher (as Reverend Wilbert Lewis)
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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
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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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This movie was filmed in late 2004, after Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention, and some television pundits had referred to him as "a very articulate black man." That phrase appears on a billboard as the first scene in Louisiana. 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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Direction of Affection
Performed by Tami
Lyrics written by Tammy Reese (BMI)
Music by Benjamin Chan (BMI)
Produced by zeng @ New Music Unlimited
Published by Squeaky Kirin Music Publishing (BMI)
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gay black in the South could be interesting premise, script is awful.
30 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Horrible script, ending is a non sequitur, some okay acting, mostly wooden - bad, bad, bad script. Much as I am willing to suspend disbelief in the interest of a movie about gay life this movie is beyond my ability.

Some of the relationship interactions, e.g. between Boyles and Calvin's brother, are interesting and worth watching. Duane's performance is good, the bar owner's is also. This is not the strongest cast, but no- one could do much with this script.

Surprise endings should make sense in retrospect - this one just comes out of the blue, without any reasonable build up or explanation, confusing the message of the movie and disdaining the intelligence of the audience. Also, a message movie about racism and homophobia does not need a surprise ending, it just distracts and detracts. Stupid stupid script.

Would love to see a serious movie about life as a gay black man in the South (or anywhere) - this ain't it.


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