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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.

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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
Ed Skrein ... Officer Bell
Emily Rios ... Victoria Rogers
Pedro Pascal ... Pietro Alvarez
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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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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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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

Beale St. is a famous street in Memphis, not New Orleans. It has nothing to do with Louis Armstrong. It is noted for blues, e.g., BB King, among other things. 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

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Glass (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wish I Knew
Written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
Performed by The John Coltrane Quartet (as John Coltrane Quartet)
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I wanted to love it but...
14 December 2018 | by curiouslurkerSee all my reviews

The acting was great, especially Regina King. She deserves every award she is nominated for in this pic. I heard so much about this film at TIFF and I was so looking forward to seeing it, but I didn't get around to it until December. The direction and pacing were almost too deliberate, to the point of distraction, and at times the camera work left me feeling motion sick. What it comes down to, though, is the ending. It felt unfinished and I walked away from the film feeling like the story hadn't been told. Too bad, really, because it was starting to look like a beautiful, if tragic, film.


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