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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

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A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

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Barry Jenkins

Writers:

Barry Jenkins (written for the screen by), James Baldwin (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
KiKi Layne ... Tish Rivers
Stephan James ... Alonzo 'Fonny' Hunt
Regina King ... Sharon Rivers
Colman Domingo ... Joseph Rivers
Teyonah Parris ... Ernestine Rivers
Michael Beach ... Frank Hunt
Aunjanue Ellis ... Mrs. Hunt
Ebony Obsidian ... Adrienne Hunt
Dominique Thorne Dominique Thorne ... Sheila Hunt
Diego Luna ... Pedrocito
Finn Wittrock ... Hayward
Ed Skrein ... Officer Bell
Emily Rios ... Victoria Rogers
Pedro Pascal ... Pietro Alvarez
Brian Tyree Henry ... Daniel Carty
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Baldwin's novel "follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child. It's a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives." Written by indiewire

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Se a Rua Beale Falasse See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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2.00 : 1
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The first trailer was released on August 2, 2018, which would have been the 94th birthday of novelist James Baldwin. See more »

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A timely plea with timeless musings along the way
13 September 2018 | by jsph_calabreseSee all my reviews

If Beale Street Could Talk is hands down one of the best movies of the year. Barry Jenkins again triumphs in truly showing, not simply telling, that blackness is beautiful and that black lives do matter.

Part of me understands the argument that this would have been best served as a theatrical production, as the dialogue feels as such at times. But then I come back to the fact that Jenkins is such an immersive director: intimate visual style, precise editing that enriches both the themes and intrigue of narrative, and his perfect use of music. The cinematic medium allows for the expressionistic strokes that elevates the story to such a powerful experience.

Final thought: I do not remember life before this Nicholas Britell score. I keep refreshing Spotify hoping for it to drop.


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