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From Above (2013)

Chasing Shakespeare (original title)
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Two souls are so deeply in love with one another that they are entangled beyond life itself.

Director:

Norry Niven

Writer:

James Bird
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10 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... William Ward
Graham Greene ... Mr. Mountain
Chelsea Ricketts ... Venus
Mike Wade ... Young William Ward
Ashley Bell ... Molly
Tantoo Cardinal ... Older Venus
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Jeremiah Ward
Adriana Mather ... Betty
Justin Alston ... Ricky
Clayton Rohner ... Mr. Shelton
Ezequiel Stremiz ... Luca
Maria Arita Maria Arita ... Cecelia
Darryl Cox ... Doctor
Aileen Davila ... Venus (10 Years Old)
Chamblee Ferguson ... Mr. Bell
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The beginning and end of the relationship between the physical beings of William Ward, a black man, and Venus Ward née Redhawk, a Native American, is presented. The end is marked by Venus' passing, about which William makes no medical intervention based on Venus' wishes. This lack of action places a strain between William and Venus' young adult son, Ricky, and William. In the aftermath, William displays some behavior which Ricky finds unusual, William stating it all having to do with Venus, making Ricky believe that William is becoming unhinged in denying his mother's death. These actions, all based on William indeed searching for Venus - his "Juliet" - become all the more clear as the beginning of their relationship is presented starting in the early 1970s. They initially meet during an audition as Juliet in a fundraising production of Romeo and Juliet, with Venus, who deeply feels and truly does understand the works of William Shakespeare, trying to break the color barrier in acting... Written by Huggo

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A love story for the ages...an inspiring tale for everyone.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

From Above See more »

Filming Locations:

Waxahachie, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Venus: Poor worm, thou art infected!
Venus: That's when her father realizes that Ferdinand and Miranda are indeed in love. You see how tired he is, but he says 'no'. He's as fresh as the morning whenever you're near him. Even at work. Even at night. He begs for your name so that he can dream of you in his sleep. And you give him your name, which means you give him your heart. Even against your father's wishes... so no, you don't beg for her name, you beg for her love.
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the William chase
23 March 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1972 Arkansas. Venus (Chelsea Ricketts) faces discrimination when auditioning for Romeo and Juliet. A black boy named William Ward is completely taken with her. Mr. Mountain (Graham Greene) is her father and they are part of the Lightning Clan. Separately, an old man (Danny Glover) struggles after a lost.

The starting racism is a little over the top but it's at least memorable. The problem may be that she is not so outrageously talented that she deserves a Tony right on the spot. A montage of inferior auditions would help a lot for the comparison. The young romance is relatively bland. The meet cute isn't much although the two young leads are charming enough. Quite frankly, they're more good looking than powerful. Graham Greene is way too stoic which limits his emotional range. There is a magicalism which isn't that well explained. The dividing between the past and present day doesn't add much of anything. Glover feels stranded on his own island and could have played William's father giving it more power. It should stay mostly as a period piece with the two young leads and two powerful veteran actors as their dads.


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