If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

Blu-ray Disc - 2018
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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, [2018]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Annieoywong
May 17, 2019

This film is bored with average acting, I do not see why it was nominated for Oscar 2019!

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samjenks
May 14, 2019

This is not how all people growing up black grow up. This is a poor representation of intercity youth having sex before marriage and all the problems then face because of the choices they made. There is some racial injustice mentioned as well. I would not have my children watch this movie.

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jimg2000
May 04, 2019

A horrific AND terrific slow-burn story of growing up black, especially as a young black man in the 1970's Harlem ... and to a lessor degree in 2019. On screen Baldwin’s text at the beginning of the film "Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street, born in the black neighbourhood of some American city, whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York. Beale Street is our legacy." Understand that it is based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name. What took Hollywood so long to make the film? More on Baldwin's black Americans in his days, watch the 2016 documentary "I Am Not your Negro."

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LarryStonebridge
Apr 30, 2019

Very overrated film! Acting is average! Don't know how this film was nominated for multiple Academy awards! Average film at best!

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lavasushi
Apr 27, 2019

Gosh. It’s horrible when you’re targeted an vilified because of the color of your skin. Weird and sad.

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DanielleMa
Apr 26, 2019

So slow and a bit boring.

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Persnickety77
Apr 22, 2019

Barry Jenkins makes beautiful movies; this one is gorgeous. Also it's poignant, aching, sad, heartfelt. Well worth a watch.

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richmole
Apr 21, 2019

Deliberately slow-moving drama--very close to a "romantic" movie. That's nice, but because we get to "celebrate" the love-story, the movie lacks an emotional punch it needed to be memorable.

Watched it to see the performance of Regina King--well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
She supplies whatever dramatic weight the story carries.

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SAPL454
Apr 20, 2019

This is an action-packed movie which is very entertaining!

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ThomasJWhiting
Apr 19, 2019

GOOD 2019 film based on book by James Baldwin with same title.
The film does have a non-linear style which kind of confused me a bit along the way - but overall it is an interesting portrayal of life/times in 70's NYC-Harlem.

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jimg2000
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?
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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 :

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/27/movies/if-beale-street-could-talk-metoo.html

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