If Beale Street Could Talk

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  119 min.
In theatres: December 25, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal

Current rating: Rating: 3.20
based on 58 votes and 22 reviews
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Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Aunjanue Ellis, Finn Wittrock, Brian Tyree Henry, Regina King

Synopsis

Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), who live in Harlem, New York, become engaged. Soon after, she discovers she's pregnant with their first child. However, Fonny is set up by a racist police officer and falsely accused of rape. 

Tish rushes to clear his name before their baby is born. 

Based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin. Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Stephan James was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Dede Gardner, Adele Romanski, Jeremy Kleiner, Barry Jenkins, Sara Murphy
Screenplay: Barry Jenkins
Official Site: BealeStreet.movie

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  • 5 stars "This is a beautiful movie, though it is extremely painful. However, that pain is a true reflection of America's dreadful treatment of people of color. This is touching and real and a piece of art. All white folks in America (I am one of them) should see this beautiful film."
  • 5 stars "Perhaps the most devastatingly true movie I have ever seen. As a white woman who worked as a teacher and then a community counselor in an impoverished black and Mexican community in the 1960s in California's Central Valley, I was in and out of the homes of the children's families, knew the parents well, listened to their stories. The film tells it all, with wonderful actors, and the slow pace adds to the anguish and truth. And, as others have remarked, it still goes on. How could anyone call this beautifully filmed and acted tragedy bigoted? Among other things, it is great art."
  • 1 star "Slow moving, acting was terrible other than Regina King, ended up walking out."