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Gun Hill Road (2011)

R | | Drama | January 2011 (USA)
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An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.

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Rashaad Ernesto Green, Zora Howard (poetry)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Esai Morales ... Enrique Rodriguez
Robert Salzman ... Sugar
Ty Jones ... Prison Guard
Harmony Santana ... Michael / Vanessa Rodriguez
Robin de Jesus ... Fernando
Judy Reyes ... Angela Rodriguez
Vanessa Aspillaga ... Karina
Miriam Colon ... Gloria
Shirley Rumierk ... Jeanette
Felix Solis ... Pete
Flaco Navaja ... Danny
Franky G ... Tico
Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz ... MC (as Caridad De La Luz)
Dennis Leonard Johnson Dennis Leonard Johnson ... Antoine (as Dennis Johnson)
Ceez Liive Ceez Liive ... Jai
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An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You can't escape who you are

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some violence

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ган Хилл See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,959, 26 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$148,994, 23 October 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Karina: I told you not to curse in front of the fucking kids, you fucking fuck.
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Soundtracks

La Felicidad
Performed by Villanosam
Written by Winston Antonio Aponte Acta (BMI)
Published by Juanco Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Sunflower Entertainment Group/Bombon Productions
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Great film, terrible title
20 January 2012 | by jimchevaSee all my reviews

The title has so little to do with what actually happens in this film and is so suggestive of some kind of rural drama that I just have to say: "WHAT were they thinking?". (I'm a native New Yorker, by the way, and even I didn't know this was a key neighborhood in the Bronx.) Otherwise, this is a powerful, sure-footed film which very often leaves things not quite spoken, down to the precise, powerful ending. It is, in its way, a pendant to "Pariah", though more specifically about transgender issues. Above all, what makes it work is the tremendous love one feels between all the characters here, well beyond any stereotypes. Harmony Santana has arrived. plain and simple, and arrived with a multi- colored splash. Esai Morales (who gets credit right off as one executive producer) does a marvelous job of showing a father who loves his son with all his heart but has a constellation of reasons for not being able to accept the changes he was not there to see. Judy Reyes shows passionate ambivalence as her character tries to balance love for several different people in inherently conflictual relationships. Everybody, including his prison nemesis (Robert Salzman) and his parole officer ((Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), is perfectly cast (by Sig de Miguel and Stephen Vincent). Its subject and its subtlety make this an indie film in spirit, but it retains all the best techniques of strong, straight-ahead story-telling.


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