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The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

R | | Drama | 7 June 2019 (USA)
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A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Director:

Joe Talbot

Writers:

Joe Talbot (story by), Jimmie Fails (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmie Fails ... Jimmie Fails
Jonathan Majors ... Montgomery Allen
Danny Glover ... Grandpa Allen
Tichina Arnold ... Wanda Fails
Rob Morgan ... James Sr.
Mike Epps ... Bobby
Finn Wittrock ... Clayton
Thora Birch ... Becca
Willie Hen ... Preacher
Jamal Trulove ... Kofi (of Greek Chorus)
Jello Biafra ... Tour Guide
San Quinn San Quinn ... Grown Ass Man
Daewon Song Daewon Song ... Uncle Ricky
Andy Roy Andy Roy ... Andy
Jordan Gomes ... Stunna (of Greek Chorus)
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Storyline

A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Black Man in San Francisco See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$235,272, 9 June 2019

Gross USA:

$4,494,737
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Cameo: Director Joe Talbot makes a cameo appearance when Jimmie is passing out flyers for Mont's play to people on the streets of San Francisco. See more »

Goofs

We are told repeatedly of the house's location at Golden Gate and Fillmore. When we first see the house, however, the camera pans away and we can see a street sign--it is somewhat blurred, but it clearly says "20th." Neither 20th St. nor 20th Ave. are anywhere near that location. Articles about the making of the film note that the house that provided exterior location shots is actually on So. Van Ness between 20th and 21st Streets. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: You see Jimmie, you never really own shit.
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Connections

References D.O.A. (1949) See more »

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Slow but beautiful, touching, deep, original
17 August 2019 | by uberdonkey6See all my reviews

I have to say, this film meanders. But I'm sure it was written that way. Don't expect a fast paced plot, action, women (only saw 2 in whole film).

What it does is provide amazing cinematography. Beautiful scenes as if from a well crafted classic play. Great subtle gentle acting with interesting amd unique characters. It touches on many subjects through the scenes sprinkled liberally throughout, but in a novel and artistic way. This film is definitely art. Is it a good story? Well, some bits build to beautiful moments. I adored the relationship between the two main characters (male friends). So sweet, gentle. Makes you want to hug them. I want to watch this film again, even though at times I was on the edge of boredom. But damn, it's a beautiful film.

This deserves to be a classic, due to its uniqueness. The writer and director is clearly intelligent and creative beyond what I could aspire to, but the film isn't haughty. It's simple, solid, with emotion, friendship, love, loss, a yearning for meaning and fitting in. Of course it touches on race relations and black poverty, but in a way completely off centre to most approaches. I loved this film.

Do I recommend it? It will be like savouring a fine wine on an evening. For many, it will be fulfilling, touching, deep and profound. But some people don't like wine. Those that want action/love story/radical race politics, won't find it here.


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