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Queen & Slim (2019)

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A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.

Director:

Melina Matsoukas

Writers:

Lena Waithe (screenplay by), James Frey (story by) | 1 more credit »
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13 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Kaluuya ... Slim
Jodie Turner-Smith ... Queen
Bokeem Woodbine ... Uncle Earl
Chloë Sevigny ... Mrs. Shepherd
Flea ... Mr. Shepherd
Sturgill Simpson ... Police Officer Reed
Indya Moore ... Goddess
Benito Martinez ... Sheriff Edgar
Jahi Di'Allo Winston ... Junior
Gralen Bryant Banks ... Older Black Man
Dickson Obahor ... Large Black Man
Bryant Tardy ... Chubby
Thom Gossom Jr. ... Slim's Father (as Thomas Gossom Jr.)
Melanie Halfkenny ... Naomi
Brian Thornton ... SWAT Leader
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Storyline

Slim and Queen's first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer's gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country Written by stmc-25959

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Taglines:

Can I be your legacy?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language, and brief drug use. | See all certifications »

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The two main characters are never referred to as "Queen" or "Slim". In fact, including their interactions with each other and other characters, the only times they are referred to by name are in news reports covering the manhunt for them. The news reports only use their given names (Ernest Hines and Angela Johnson). See more »

Goofs

Uncle Earl, Naomi, Queen and Slim said their goodbyes after torching the Kentucky sheriff's Ford F-350 pickup truck, which was clearly planned. Queen and Slim drove away in Uncle Earl's vintage aqua muscle car. Uncle Earl and Naomi were then left stranded in the middle of nowhere with a very long walk home, and didn't seem to be bothered about it! They'd earlier mentioned how many cars Uncle Earl had, so Uncle Earl was stupid not to plan better. Surely they should have driven to that location in 3 cars (the truck they were going to burn, the aqua car to be gifted to Queen and Slim, and one of Uncle Earl's many other spare cars). This would have given Uncle Earl and Naomi the possibility of getting back home safely. See more »

Quotes

Slim: Thanks, Uncle Earl.
Uncle Earl: Nigga, I ain't your uncle!
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Soundtracks

Yo Love
Written by Vince Staples, Leken Taylor, 6lack (as Ricardo Valentine), Mereba (as Marian Mereba), and Jairus Mozee
Performed by Vince Staples, 6lack, and Mereba
Vince Staples appears courtesy of Motown Records
6lack appears courtesy of Lvrn/Intescope Records
Mereba appears courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from UMG Recordings, Inc.
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A solid effort from two novice film makers.
24 May 2020 | by Belldogg81See all my reviews

Having seen this a few weeks ago, I was a blank slate going into it. Obviously I was familiar with Daniel Kaluuya, from Get Out and Black Panther and had read the film was a first time directorial effort (on this scale) but had no other preconceptions about it.

I was pleasantly surprised by just how accomplished it was. The film looks gorgeous. The cast all deliver on what feels like a fairly loose screenplay in keeping with the indie spirit of the film. Yes some plot points feel a little contrived in order to move the story on but nothing so bad that it derails the film.

The film very much reminds me of Badlands and to a lesser extent True Romance in its dreamier sequences, as the camera does an expert job of capturing the furtive glances and subconscious body language of the two protagonists deepening relationship. This is aided by an excellent soundtrack and the aforementioned top notch cinematography.

Special note to the landscape of Florida itself which as the film moves from the tight, dark confines of the city to the hot, wide open vistas serves as visual metaphor for the journey of the central characters.

It's hard enough (in 2020) to view anything outwith the prism of politics, and even harder with a film that touches on the tragedy of the black experience in modern America for some. If even the user reviews here are anything to go by, those of a caucasian persuasion (as i am) feel aggrieved at how white cops are portrayed. Forgetting that there are many incidents of "malpractice" every week and that this is a movie. Also there are plenty of films about honest, good police officers.

I would urge people to watch the film and see this is not the central point of the film. Nor does it make any strong judgement call one way or another. It simply uses what is a tragically all too common occurrence to light the spark of the story. Then holds up a lens to how that type of incident could play out. No real grandstanding, more a welcome subversion of the fugitive /romance genre from a different perspective.

It's a film that doesn't force its message or feel it has to show black people railing against injustice or overt oppression and overcoming all the odds. It just shows two people on the run, trying to survive.

As Slim says in one of the film's many great lines. "Why do black people have to be excellent, why can't we just be ourselves".


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,890,490, 1 December 2019

Gross USA:

$43,808,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,803,176
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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