If Beale Street Could Talk
Kiki Layne and Stephan James


Overview - African-American teen sweethearts Fonny (Stephan James) and Tish (Kiki Layne) 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 (Teyonah Parris), mother Sharon (Regina King) and future mother-in-law (Aunjanue Ellis). Directed by Barry Jenkins. Based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name.

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Overview

African-American teen sweethearts Fonny (Stephan James) and Tish (Kiki Layne) 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 (Teyonah Parris), mother Sharon (Regina King) and future mother-in-law (Aunjanue Ellis). Directed by Barry Jenkins. Based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name.

Main Cast & Crew

Barry Jenkins - Director
KiKi Layne
Stephan James
Regina King
Colman Domingo
Teyonah Parris
Michael Beach
Aunjanue Ellis
Ebony Obsidian
Dominique Thorne
Diego Luna

 
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  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 117
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543566588
  • Genre: Crime
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (language and some sexual content)
  • Release Date: March 2019

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Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Romance
Crime
Racism
Women
African Americans

 
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Reviews:
"The palpable chemistry between Layne and James makes Tish and Fonny indisputably the heart of the film..." - 09/10/2018 Hollywood Reporter


"[T]he film’s style serves to heighten the experience, particularly in the nonlinear way the narrative unfolds..." - 09/09/2018 Variety


4 stars out of 4 -- "We feel Baldwin’s gaze whenever the director and his cinematographer James Laxton execute the director’s trademark of having his actors look into the camera." - 12/10/2018 RogerEbert.com


"Based on Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK lushly retells the story of two young lovebirds in Harlem whose life together is jeopardized by a false accusation." - 12/13/2018 A.V. Club


4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Love -- intimate, familial and fraternal -- infuses director Barry Jenkins’ ravishing adaptation of the 1974 James Baldwin novel about a battered romance that refuses to be a tragedy." - 12/11/2018 Rolling Stone


"In BEALE STREET, Jenkins is inviting you to look deeply at these men and women, to see how they look to, and at, each other. He does this primarily through an expressionist visual style that can make words superfluous." - 12/12/2018 New York Times


"[A]n intelligent, thoughtfully made love story that depicts society’s grave injustices without letting go of its protagonists’ fierce bond." - 12/19/2018 The Atlantic


4 stars out of 5 -- "Deliberately paced, unapologetically mannered and contemplatively attuned, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK invites audiences to venture beyond the screen in front of them to connect with the characters and their world on a deeper, more mystical plane." - 12/19/2018 Washington Post


"[An] intensely evocative adaptation of the 1974 James Baldwin novel, set in a remembered New York City with colors that thrum like a Polaroid..." - 12/27/2018 Boston Globe


4 stars out of 5 -- "Jenkins swaddles the young lovebirds’ burgeoning romance in a ravishing soft-focus shimmer that makes their later meetings amidst the grubby greens of a prison visiting room all the more heartbreaking." - 01/15/2019 Total Film


5 stars out of 5 -- "The result is the most sweepingly romantic polemic you’ll ever see, a love story that will make you want to take up arms against a cruel world." - 02/04/2019 Empire

 
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