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Cover (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 28 October 2007 (USA)
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They are married men that pass H.I.V. to their male or female partners. Many of the men hide behind the vow of marriage, but still desire men. The women know, but have grown accustomed to the extravagant lifestyle.

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Bill Duke

Writers:

Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (screenplay), Aliya Jackson (earlier screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aunjanue Ellis ... Valerie Mass
Razaaq Adoti ... Dutch Mass (as Raz Adoti)
Vivica A. Fox ... Zahara Milton
Leon ... Ryan Chambers
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Detective Hicks (as Lou Gossett Jr.)
Paula Jai Parker ... Monica Wilson
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Kevin Wilson
Richard Gant ... Robert Mass
Mya ... Cynda (as Mya Harrison)
Obba Babatundé ... Attorney Miller (as Obba Babatunde)
Victoria Gabrielle Platt ... Charlotte (as Victoria Platt Tilford)
Clifton Davis ... D.A. Simmons
Patti LaBelle ... Mrs. Persons
Clayton Prince ... Greg
Tomorrow Baldwin Montgomery ... Nicole Mass (as Tomorrow Montgomery)
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When someone is murdered on New Year's Eve, the prime suspect is Valerie Maas, a church-going home-maker whose life unravels when she discovers that her husband of many years has been leading a double life. Her strength of character and faith keep her going as the revelation of her husband's betrayal threatens to destroy all that they have known. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual situations and language, violence and some drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,000, 24 February 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$79,436, 9 March 2008
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When Valerie is taking portraits during the photo shoot she consistently holds the camera wrong. It is held in 'landscape' mode meaning almost all of the photos taken would have been useless. See more »

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Come By Here
Performed by Patti LaBelle, TMJC & Jamar Jones
Produced by Tony Moore
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Rave: Cover (2007)
5 September 2010 | by Jucelle RomandeSee all my reviews

Cover is a little known treat that is surprisingly suspenseful and enlightening. It tackles the highly pervasive yet equally controversial materials like homosexuality and "down-low" in the Black American community. Few movies have dared venture there and make a case for acceptance amongst Christians.

When her husband gets promoted, Valerie Mass's life begins to fall apart. Aunjanue Ellis plays Valerie Mass, an unassuming "God-fearing" church woman, who relocates to a new city with her husband. Razaaq Adoti is Dutch, Valerie's husband. Dutch's social life goes on the fast lane. He soon befriends Ryan Chambers (Leon from the movie Capers), a known womanizer, and starts acting more aloof. Neglected by her husband, Valerie turns to a church prayer group where she meets a sickly woman. The truth she will uncover is worse than anything she could have imagined. When Ryan turns up dead on New Year's Eve, she becomes the most likely suspect.

Aside for Vivica Fox and Leon, the cast is low on the mainstream acting radar. Nevertheless, it delivers decent performances. Black American movies are not without the religious idiosyncrasies but none of that detract from the serious subject matter or a solid plot.

Producers Bill Duke and Kenneth Dixon teamed up to create a complex tale of faith and redemption. The plot is quite simple but, somehow, they manage to keep a tight leash on it, keeping you guessing until the very end.

Leon delivers sex and edge without fail. Few actors in Hollywood command the screen the way this man can. Leon brings charisma and magneticism in every role he plays. Vivica Fox plays her "trademark hood" affectation, which I find annoying. Her role, essentially, brings nothing to this movie. This is a movie with a lot of twists. So, don't expect action.

This is a new recipe for Black films and I look forward to seeing more like it. I definitely recommending renting the DVD and watching it on a girls' night-in.


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