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.

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lindy919
Jul 18, 2019

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Good but this two hour movie felt like three. All the director's fault - scenes went on too long and p a u s e s... b e t w e e n... w o r d s... a n d... s e n t e n c e s... throughout.
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TechWriter1
Jul 11, 2019

Excellent story about being black in white America. My only complaint is that it is very slow moving. I liked the characters and the acting.

JCLHeatherM Jun 18, 2019

A slow burn, character-driven movie that chronicles the struggle of an African American family to get by when all of the cards seem stacked against them. Childhood sweethearts Tish and Fonny find themselves separated after a policeman targets Fonny and has him sent to jail. Tish and her family struggle to do everything they can to clear Fonny's name and start a new future together, though the reality appears to be grim.

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firefly5
Jun 10, 2019

I enjoyed this movie very much. Beautiful cinematography, sad story.

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jfd5
Jun 09, 2019

Movie was slow...enjoyed it but way too slow. Turned it off a number of times and did other things in between. One of those that I could have missed entirely and been fine with it.

CircMary May 31, 2019

A beautiful film! The love radiates out of those two faces. From the colors to the music to the performances, this is a special movie. Settle into the slower pace of a well-crafted story and let go. Your heart will be touched.

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doyoureadme
May 28, 2019

Beautiful, poignant, mesmerizing, and totally absorbing. Based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name. It's no accident that Barry Jenkins chose to adapt this story more than 40 years later, showing that although much has changed in the interval, much still remains the same. A superlative story about an enduring love, and the human spirit. Deliberately slow-paced, this is not a film for those challenged with a short attention span. It chooses instead to deal with real life pain, and heroic struggles to overcome the adversity fostered by a rigged system of racial inequality, rather than imaginary super heroes who blow a lot of stuff up.

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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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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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