6.4/10
123
2 user 1 critic

Relative Stranger (2009)

After the death of his father, a former football star reunites with the family that he abandoned years earlier.

Director:

Charles Burnett

Writer:

Eric Haywood
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Wishing Well (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ambitious big city reporter arrives in a small town to write about its legendary wishing well. She writes a shoddy article, thinking it's all a joke, but throws in a coin and wishes to be happy, just for the fun of it. Magic happens.

Director: David Jackson
Stars: Jordan Ladd, Jason London, Ernest Borgnine
Flower Girl (TV Movie 2009)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Dr. Evan Cooper is the ideal match, on paper and according to her grandmother Rose Durham and friends, including an equally pushy wedding planner, for florist Laurel Haverford, who fears to... See full summary »

Director: Bradford May
Stars: Marla Sokoloff, Marion Ross, Kieren Hutchison
The Trip to Bountiful (TV Movie 2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Carrie Watts begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie, and pretentious daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae. No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Wilson
Stars: Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Charles Burnett
Stars: Danny Glover, Chrisjan Appollus, Obed Emvula
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

On a mission to locate his biological parents, a tightly wound professional (Livingston) is befuddled to find that the couple who conceived him aren't exactly upper-class.

Director: Greg Glienna
Stars: Danny DeVito, Kathy Bates, Ron Livingston
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two cops become compelled to act against corruption and discrimination within their police precinct.

Director: Charles Burnett
Stars: Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Erich Anderson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man who has struggled personally has conflicts with his upwardly mobile lawyer brother and well to-do fiance and is reluctantly to be the best man at their wedding.

Director: Charles Burnett
Stars: Everett Silas, Jessie Holmes, Gaye Shannon-Burnett
Ladies of the House (TV Movie 2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Ladies of the house is a movie that shows how building a house together can make an unbreakable bond between three women and save their marriages.

Director: James A. Contner
Stars: Florence Henderson, Donna Mills, Pam Grier
A Kiss at Midnight (TV Movie 2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

They say the cobbler's children go barefoot, but must the matchmaker's children go motherless? After their widower father moves to a new town and sets up a computerized matchmaking business... See full summary »

Director: Bradford May
Stars: Faith Ford, Cameron Daddo, Hal Linden
Bound by a Secret (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two lifelong friends must face personal drama when one of them learns she has cancer. They also have to make a decision about a ghost from the past: should they tell the child of one friend... See full summary »

Director: David S. Cass Sr.
Stars: Meredith Baxter, Lesley Ann Warren, Bridget White
Jewel (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the 1940s a 40-year-old woman with four healthy children gives birth to a girl with Down syndrome.

Director: Paul Shapiro
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Bergin, Cicely Tyson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story and legacy of the enigmatic leader of the notorious 1831 homicidal slave revolt in Virginia, along with reviews of works about him, are explored; twentieth century civil rights discussed and cultural relativism mentioned.

Director: Charles Burnett
Stars: Herbert Aptheker, Charles Burnett, Resharma Coleman
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Eriq La Salle ... Walter Clemons
Cicely Tyson ... Pearl
Michael Michele ... Charlotte
Michael Beach ... James Clemons
Dana Davis ... Denise Clemons
Carlos McCullers II Carlos McCullers II ... Andy
Sherri Saum ... Nicole Tate
Andre Kinney ... Shawn Hughes (as Andre Jamal Kinney)
Dan Castellaneta ... Gary
Gwen McGee ... Karen
Jerry Hauck ... Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerald Garner ... Police Officer
Edit

Storyline

After the death of his father, a former football star reunites with the family that he abandoned years earlier.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une si longue absence See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Michelle and Eriq La Salle both previously starred together on the TV show ER. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Regrets
15 March 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

What is Charles Burnett, the director of brilliant, oppressive tales of Black life like KILLER OF SHEEP and MY BROTHER'S WEDDING doing directing a made-for-TV movie on the Hallmark Channel? The flip and glib answer is that he is a director and can use the work, but watching this movie with its constant level of pain for the first fifty minutes, the answer is: telling the same sort of story he always has. If the settings are cleaner than his earlier work, if the actors are handsomer and more professional, there is still the same sense of anguish and alienation that always suffuses his work.

Eriq LaSalle plays Walter, a man who was set to be a professional football player until a knee injury sidelined him. He left his wife, children and hometown and wandered for the better part of a decade until the death of his father brings him back to town for the reading of the will. Anger and resentment suffuse every scene and rightfully and really so. As Walter struggles almost incoherently to try to make some amends for his failures, Burnett and his crew evoke some real sympathy for his plight.

However, this being a Hallmark TV-movie, there are some givens: there will be reconciliation, there will be some improvement, and this serves to render the film not banal, but more standard. As a result, this is a very good piece of work, but not a great one.

Yet, given the small amount of Mr. Burnett's work over the last forty years, we can be grateful for this. It is a real story, well told and that, alas, is all too rare.


16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed