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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

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A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

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Barry Jenkins

Writers:

Barry Jenkins (written for the screen by), James Baldwin (based on the book by)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 97 wins & 168 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
KiKi Layne ... Tish Rivers
Stephan James ... Alonzo 'Fonny' Hunt
Regina King ... Sharon Rivers
Teyonah Parris ... Ernestine Rivers
Colman Domingo ... Joseph Rivers
Ethan Barrett Ethan Barrett ... Young Fonny
Milanni Mines Milanni Mines ... Young Tish
Ebony Obsidian ... Adrienne Hunt
Dominique Thorne Dominique Thorne ... Sheila Hunt
Michael Beach ... Frank Hunt
Aunjanue Ellis ... Mrs. Hunt
Diego Luna ... Pedrocito
Emily Rios ... Victoria Rogers
Ed Skrein ... Officer Bell
Finn Wittrock ... Hayward
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Storyline

African-American teen sweethearts Fonny and Tish are ripped apart when Fonny is wrongly arrested for the rape of a Puerto Rican woman because of the machinations of a racist cop. While seeking justice for Fonny, a pregnant Tish relies on her Harlem community, including her sister, mother Sharon and future mother-in-law.

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Trust Love All the Way

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If Beale Street Could Talk See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$224,476, 16 December 2018

Gross USA:

$14,915,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,572,691
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Sound is very important to Barry Jenkins who was a student of sound engineer Richard Portman during his film studies. The latter is known to have developed with Robert Altman the "multitrack" device. The director details the work done by Onnalee Blank, the sound editing supervisor, and Mathew Waters, the mixer his re-recordings. See more »

Goofs

Beale St. is a famous street in Memphis, not New Orleans. It has nothing to do with Louis Armstrong. It is noted for blues, e.g., BB King, among other things. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tish Rivers: You ready for this?
Fonny: I've never been more ready for anything in my whole life.
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Featured in 76th Golden Globe Awards (2019) See more »

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For the Good Times
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Performed by Al Green
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If Beale Street Could Talk... it can't, because it fell asleep.
15 February 2019 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

Another way too overrated snail paced Barry Jenkins film.

Every now and then a film comes along that gets a ridiculous amount of award nominations, primarily only due to its message - and that's it, just like Barry Jenkins' Moonlight. This is another one of those films, again, by Barry Jenkins.

Sure it was perfectly cast and acted, but it was too slow and didn't really have anything exciting to offer except for a story that's been told before - only a little fancier and a lot longer and slower. This seems to be Barry Jenkins pattern, and although some people don't mind long lengths of boredom, I can't stand it. Especially when the ending is anti-climatic and underwhelming.

The cinematography was great, but the 119 min length felt like 3+ hours, especially when almost every scene was 2-10x longer than it should have been. This film should have been cut/edited down to a 1 hour TV movie.

Not a bad story, but not great either. It's way too overrated. Note to self: no more slow burn overrated Barry Jenkins films. It's only a 4/10 from me.


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