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The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John David Washington ... Dennis
Anthony Ramos ... Manny
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Zyrick
Chanté Adams ... Zoe
Jasmine Cephas Jones ... Marisol
Nicole Beharie ... Michelle
Rob Morgan ... Will
Cara Buono ... Stacey
Grant Jaeger ... Remi
Josiah Gabriel ... Victor
Emilia Allen Emilia Allen ... Emmy (as Emilie Allen)
Brian Pollock ... Officer Broncato
Joe Tippett ... Officer Montori
J.W. Cortes ... Officer Suarez
Giuseppe Ardizzone ... Officer Gambini
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The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.

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28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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$118,697, 30 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$500,101, 28 October 2018
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Besides Hamilton, this is the first movie that Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas-Jones have worked on together. See more »

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Cross My Heart
Written by Warren Hagood, Dave Henderson, Sidney Pinchback
Performed by Billy Stewart
Published by EMI Blackwood
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"If I resist arrest, are you gonna shoot me, too?"
16 October 2018 | by jordanand94See all my reviews

I was very excited to see this film and it certainly did not disappoint. A film of this kind is as relevant as they come and is up there in the ranks of other films with similar themes this year, such as Blindspotting and Black KkKlansman.

Manny, played by Hamilton's Anthony Ramos, records and looks on helplessly as his friend (who is African American) is shot and killed by the police. The killing has a ripple effect on the community and a plethora of citizens make their voices heard on the matter. Manny is just a family man who is trying his best to get by and provide for his family, but he ultimately puts his future in jeopardy to raise awareness of his friend's death.

John David Washington portrays Dennis Williams, a black police officer who has himself received questionable treatment from other police officers while off duty. He understands people being upset about the police killing, but he also feels that those people don't understand what it is like to be a cop, what it's like "out on the streets." The decision to have a black police officer as one of the lead characters was a great idea, as we get more than just one perspective.

Kelvin Harrison Jr. portrays Zyrick, a young and promising baseball player who decides to get involved in the fight by raising his voice along with so many others. Zyrick's father's desire is for him to reach baseball stardom, to leave the cruel streets behind him and achieve his wildest dreams, to not wind up shot on the streets like the man mentioned. This film is really about three characters and how their lives transpire after the shooting, and Zyrick was probably my favorite.

The ending to this film was the icing on the cake, brilliantly conveyed. There were several scenes in the film that emitted so much power, and the performances were fantastic. This film isn't one-sided and that's what I love about it; you get the story told from a police officer and from people on the other side. If you want to see a human story and a relevant theme told from different perspectives, go see this.


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