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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.


Joe Talbot


Jimmie Fails (story), Joe Talbot (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmie Fails ... Jimmie Fails
Jonathan Majors ... Montgomery Allen
Rob Morgan ... James Sr.
Tichina Arnold ... Wanda Fails
Mike Epps ... Bobby
Finn Wittrock ... Clayton
Danny Glover ... Grandpa Allen
Willie Hen ... Preacher
Jamal Trulove ... Kofi
Antoine Redus ... Nitty (as Antoine 'Milk' Redus)
Isiain Lalime ... Gunna (as Isiain Lalime)
Jordan Gomes ... Jordan
Maximilienne Ewalt ... Mary (as Maxamilliene Ewalt)
Michael O'Brien ... Terry
Daewon Song Daewon Song ... Ricky


Jimmie Fails IV, a black man, is a third generation San Franciscan. Having been pushed out by circumstances like many others, Jimmie, who works a low paying job as a nurse in a seniors' care facility, returned to San Francisco three years ago and has been living in his best friend Montgomery Allen's house that he shares with his blind grandfather, Jimmie who sleeps on the floor in Mont's already cramped bedroom. Despite the house, Mont's situation is not much better than Jimmie's, Mont who works at a supermarket fish counter while he sketches and writes a play on the side. Other black people around him who are showing their anger in also being disenfranchised from San Francisco life are the soapbox preacher who Jimmie and Mont often watch as they wait for the bus, and a group of young black men who hang outside of Mont's house. All of Jimmie's family, who he rarely sees, are also disenfranchised from that San Francisco life in one way or another: his estranged father lives in an SRO; ... Written by Huggo

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Fight for your land. Fight for your home.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Movie got its start in a successful 2015 Kickstarter campaign that raised $77,318 on a goal of $50,000. As of December 25, 2020, none of the contributors have been rewarded. See more »


Near the end when Jimmie visits Mont on the boat dock, the tide is clearly out. Seconds later when they hug there is water all around the dock. See more »


Montgomery Allen: Montgomery Allen: "Jimmie, ain't that the car you used to live in?
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Features D.O.A. (1949) See more »


Symphony No. 103 - Finale - Allegro Con Spirito
Written by Joseph Haydn (as Joseph Haydn)
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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An extraordinary poignant and beautiful film
7 June 2019 | by regonzalez-20510See all my reviews

This movie is beautifully made, shot and acted. There's a good deal of comedy here. The City is a character and breathes in a way not shown before on film. It's the small places shown, the neighborhoods that don't make it into other movies, the light and the cold. The sense of longing is strong in this film. The characters, all of whom are a bit off, long for a stability that isn't there, but that they all hope for and work towards. This is a movie about people who are being crushed in a variety of ways by the workings of capitalism and keep struggling forward. It's not a political movie or an obnoxious "message" movie. Nothing to hit you over the head. It just shows you folks. This is a love letter to a city that ain't there anymore. A place where I grew up but am a stranger. Where the homes I grew up and played baseball in the streets in front of, no one let's kids play in the street in front of anymore. The kids like the housed are too expensive.

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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$235,272, 9 June 2019

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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