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Night Catches Us (2010)

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In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement.

Director:

Tanya Hamilton

Writer:

Tanya Hamilton
8 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Mackie ... Marcus Washington
Jamara Griffin ... Iris Wilson
Sadiq Afif Sadiq Afif ... Colin Dixon
Shango Rich Shango Rich ... Francis Southerland
Kerry Washington ... Patricia Wilson
Ron Simons ... Carey Ford
Tariq Trotter ... Bostic Washington
Damali Mason Damali Mason ... Auntie Lorraine
Jann Ellis ... Auntie Cecile
Thomas Roy ... Old Man Harrison
Amari Cheatom ... Jimmy Dixon
William Zielinski William Zielinski ... Frank Cherry
Christopher Kadish Christopher Kadish ... Partner
Jamie Hector ... Dwayne 'DoRight' Miller
Nakia Dillard ... T.T
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In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement.

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United by revolution, divided by the past

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and violence
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stringbean and Marcus See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,562, 5 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,795, 18 February 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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This movie reunites Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington who previously starred together in Spike Lee's 2004 film 'She Hate Me.' See more »

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The blue Chevy Caprice police car is a 1986-1990 model, even though the film is supposed to take place in 1976. See more »

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Overlooked gem, well worth watching (now On Demand)
14 December 2010 | by paulkirk-1See all my reviews

I'd encourage anyone interested in watching good acting and film-making to watch "Night Catches Us".

The movie is set in 1976, in Philadelphia, and it is not "Rocky's" S. Philadelphia. The main characters have all had experience/involvement in the Black Panther movement, and the movie cuts a path through the complex feelings and realities that have evolved since they were once involved with it.

It's one of those films that revolves around a core group of characters who've all turned into somewhat different people from when they first knew each other. The dynamic is even more intense because each of the main characters has a tie-in to someone who was obviously a leader or loved one -- indeed it was his death years earlier that led the group to disperse.

I'm kinda bummed that awards seasons might be passing by this gem. Kerry Washington is great, but it's Anthony Mackie's film; he has an intensity and dignity. No overwrought acting.


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