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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Invisible See more »

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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Written by Rahsaan Patterson, Mikelyn Roderick & Jamey Jazz (as Jamey Jaz)
Performed by Rahsaan Patterson
Produced by Jamey Jazz (as Jamey Jaz)
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well meaning but too contrived to be truly convincing
29 July 2008 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Bill Duke's "Cover" is like an urbanized, African-American version of "Brokeback Mountain" - only this time told from the viewpoint of the initially clueless spouse rather than the two male lovers. Aunjanue Ellis plays a deeply religious woman whose life and marriage fall apart when she discovers that her husband (Razaaq Adoti) is actually a closeted homosexual. This leads to a great deal of emotional trauma for both the wife and the husband - as well as to a patently absurd and wholly unnecessary murder subplot that's used to frame the story.

There's no question that this is a well-meaning and well-intentioned film, but its attempt to deal honestly with a serious social issue all too often falls victim to slickery and overwrought melodramatics. Many a scene will have you rolling your eyes in incredulity and disbelief, even while conceding that some of the points the movie is making are indeed insightful and valid. And, commendably, the movie does give a fair hearing to each of its genuinely torn and conflicted characters. But an overall air of amateurishness - both in the performances (even from such acting stalwarts as Louis Gossett Jr. and "Amen"'s Clifton Davis) and in the direction - keeps it from having the impact it clearly wishes to have.

All in all, a missed opportunity.


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