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If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

DVD - 2019
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A timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem involving newly engaged nineteen-year- old Tish and her fiance Fonny who have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Dolby digital 5.1
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"A timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem involving newly engaged nineteen-year- old Tish and her fiance Fonny who have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit."

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Mar 13, 2020

The acting was great. I particularly liked Regina King as Mrs. Rivers. A little slow paced, but it allowed emotions to be shown. Movie based in part on a true story about injustice. Sad, but still showed hope.

VaughanPLDonnalee Jan 07, 2020

This was a good, solid movie. It is a 1970's set film about a young African American couple who is torn apart after a false accusation and they are caught up in the machinations of the legal system. The story also focuses on the effect the false accusation has on the couple's families. The story was intriguing overall, the performances were great, and the movie was beautifully made. I did, however, find the movie a bit slow-paced. I was also expecting maybe something bigger than a domestic drama. So while I thought it was good overall, I wish it had been faster-paced and had a bit more content.

Nov 29, 2019

A beautiful love story that manages to be sweet but still mature dealing with themes such as societal opression and injustice. Good film. Enjoyed it.

Nov 22, 2019

The movie was slow. I fast forwarded a bit, but I liked the movie. Real people in an unfortunate situation. The characters were good well acted. I like the comment mawall made on this site in August.
I enjoyed the music score as well.

Nov 02, 2019

Slow and disjointed. Mediocre acting and a terrible script

Nov 01, 2019

This adaptation was made with sensitivity and class. How great to see black people portrayed as ordinary human beings.

LPL_BeckyB Sep 13, 2019

I had to check the date on the James Baldwin book this movie is based on-1974. Although the setting for the movie matches that year well, the story could have been ripped from today’s headlines. Powerful, beautiful, and devastating.

Sep 03, 2019

Give Barry Jenkins credit - he certainly knows how to pour on the bathos and maximize the schlock effect - necessary traits to have if you are planning to be a success in Hollywood. He takes all the bite out of the Baldwin novel (Fonny's old man commits suicide after being caught stealing to finance the defense, Fonny gets raped in prison.)
In all scenes, Stevie James (as Fonny) sports a doofus grin with a total lack of emotion. Kiki Layne is hardly better as Tish, his sexless girlfriend who swears as if she is reading from a Dick & Jane primer.
You also don't have the slightest idea if the "white boy" lawyer is incompetent or he doesn't care.

Aug 27, 2019

The director has taken an im[portant social drama and turned it into a boring art film.

Aug 27, 2019

It was a hard watch but it brought me into the moment with the beautiful film-score and the script dialogue scene between Daniel Carty (Brian Tyree Henry) and Alonzo Fonny Hunt (Stephan James) when they reunited. The theme of new life being brought into the world and seeing how that baby was delivered, in the midst of the cruel injustice that is sadly all too common for African Americans, and seeing the child with his parents was a cathartic experience. Cinematography was amazing. Re-watching the trailer after seeing this movie just made me cry.

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May 04, 2019

Some quotes in IMDb already, thanks to contributors, including this one:

Fonny: It don't seem to me like there's a reason to treat two Negroes so nicely. I mean, clearly we ain't got a pot nor much of a drink to make piss with. Pardon my French.

Levy: Look, man, with me it's pretty simple. I dig people who love each other. Black, white. Green, purple. It doesn't even matter to me. Just spread the love, you know?

In addition, there are text cards in the film as the Baldwin quote at the beginning and the ending one here on plea bargaining which is a hot debate on false accusations in our failed justice system, as :


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