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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

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A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director:

Barry Jenkins

Writers:

Barry Jenkins (written for the screen by), James Baldwin (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
KiKi Layne ... Tish Rivers
Stephan James ... Alonzo 'Fonny' Hunt
Regina King ... Sharon Rivers
Teyonah Parris ... Ernestine Rivers
Colman Domingo ... Joseph Rivers
Ethan Barrett Ethan Barrett ... Young Fonny
Milanni Mines Milanni Mines ... Young Tish
Ebony Obsidian ... Adrienne Hunt
Dominique Thorne Dominique Thorne ... Sheila Hunt
Michael Beach ... Frank Hunt
Aunjanue Ellis ... Mrs. Hunt
Diego Luna ... Pedrocito
Emily Rios ... Victoria Rogers
Ed Skrein ... Officer Bell
Finn Wittrock ... Hayward
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Storyline

African-American teen sweethearts Fonny and Tish are ripped apart when Fonny is wrongly arrested for the rape of a Puerto Rican woman because of the machinations of a racist cop. While seeking justice for Fonny, a pregnant Tish relies on her Harlem community, including her sister, mother Sharon and future mother-in-law.

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Taglines:

Trust Love All the Way

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If Beale Street Could Talk See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$224,476, 16 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,915,773, 11 April 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Part of the filming took place at St. Nicolas Avenue, which Barry Jenkins knows well for having lived in the corner on 145th Street for a long time. See more »

Goofs

When Tish is waiting on a subway platform where the 1960s-style enamel column plates say that the station is 135th St (probably on the 8th Ave line rather than on the Lenox Ave line). However, the mosaic on the wall above the tracks features a capital 'B' -- suggesting that filming may have taken place in the now-closed-off part of the Bowery station on the Nassau St line. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tish Rivers: You ready for this?
Fonny: I've never been more ready for anything in my whole life.
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Connections

Featured in Represent Change: 50th NAACP Image Awards Tribute (2019) See more »

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The Lady
Written and performed by Webster Young
Courtesy of Concord Music
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Great visuals but slow boring dull story - trite and passe soap opera. 5 max
9 February 2019 | by filmtravel101See all my reviews

I really enjoyed Moonlight and was really looking forward to Jenkins new film especially with all the high reviews but it was truly disappointing. Sure the cinematography, acting and music is exceptionally well done yet the most vital part is the story which was so slow, dull and boring, almost an outdated trite 1970s film with nothing really refreshing except a story that easily could have been shot as a short film or tv episode but 2 plus hours just felt like a painful boring experience. And the ending is the worst part that leaves one without any finality or closure after all the family goes through and the lovers and it ends with him taking a plea and doing time. Almost makes one wonder what inspired Jenkins to make a film about this subject matter that is so dated or is it to show that not much has changed since the 1970s. Huh?

Hopefully his next film is more entertaining and a story that has some more depth to it. I give it a 5.


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