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Black Ruby (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 June 2018 (USA)
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Jules and Louis, hustlers and jazz musicians struggle to create a hit when a black-Hispanic escort named Ruby interrupts their lives distracting their music and causing Louis to fight his friend's debts away.

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La Raza, Zachary Laoutides (co-director) | 1 more credit »

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Zachary Laoutides (original story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Zachary Laoutides ... Louis Katz
Ric Morgan ... Solomon
Joseph Mennella Joseph Mennella ... Jules Mandel
Carmen Santiago Keenon Carmen Santiago Keenon ... Christiana
Krystal E. Heredia Krystal E. Heredia ... Ruby
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
León Alfredo León Alfredo ... Hector
Nick Carmen Nick Carmen ... Fred
Mikey Ferrer Mikey Ferrer ... Dimitrius Atkins
Laron Hardrick Laron Hardrick ... Quazy
Marius Iliescu ... Vic
Mónica Esmeralda León ... Camera Girl
George Spentzos George Spentzos ... Spero
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Two best friends, Jules and Louis, hustlers and jazz musicians struggle to create a hit song planned to put Jules on the path to stardom. When Ruby, a young seductive black-Hispanic escort finagles her way into their lives. Ruby turns their friendship upside down distracting Jules from his music and causing Louis to street fight his best friend's debts away. Written by Ave Fenix Pictures

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

25 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love You to the Moon and Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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What is hidden in between the lines
17 June 2019 | by AlexJMartin12See all my reviews

Black Ruby is an actor's piece and does have dark comedy elements, kind of Kevin Smith and a bit of Woody Allen. The movie does have its share of violence and remarkably strays away from sexual antics. Ruby, is played by the exotically silent Krystal E. Heredia, which her role is really a subplot with the main theme being a brotherhood gone wrong between Jules and Louis.

Joseph Mennella and Zachary Laoutides certainly do conjure Brando and Clift mannerism and expressions, with Laoutides entirely changing physicality in the movie changing his hairstyle and eye color to exceedingly display his range. This is Laoutides' third film coming off his 2017 release of the thriller Arise from Darkness (FYI much better when the film was called 'When My Eye's Go Dark' and not catering to the ghost fanatics) and he once again is the screenplay writer and co-star.

From my observations all of Laoutides' screenplays seem to have an art house quirky subtlety to them and Black Ruby is no different. You will need to figure out what is hidden in between the lines or do playbacks to see what you may have missed.

Also, not happy reading these reviews and some of the commentaries. Why was the film changed to color when parts of it were supposed to be black and white? I felt the same way, 'jeeez this film should be black and white, that would work really well.' To only find out it was!

Directors cut would be nice.


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