Atl (Blu-ray)

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Sometimes 17-year-old Rashad and his pals hang out at the Waffle House, trying to figure out what's next after they graduate. But on Sunday nights, they know what's coming. They'll be at the Cascade roller rink: laying down moves, chillin' with friends...and for a few hours leaving what's outside outside.ATL is a Sunday night fever of laughs, drama and crunk sounds. Video director Chris Robinson makes his feature debut, guiding an ensemble that includes astonishingly natural movie newcomers Tip Harris (aka rapper T.I.), Lauren London and Antwan Andre Patton (aka Big Boi of the duo OutKast). Running Time: 107 min.Format: BLU-RAY DISC

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 203386671
UPC 012569829633
UPC 14 00012569829633
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/29/2013
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3332
Keywords
Drug Dealers
Music (General)
R&B/Soul
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Grammy-nominated rapper T.I., whose real name is Tip Harris, gives an inspired performance as the star of ATL. Set in Atlanta, Georgia, and directed by music video veteran Chris Robinson, ATL tells the story of a group of teenagers facing the harsh realities of life. T.I. plays Rashad, a young man making tremendous sacrifices so his little brother, Ant (Evan Ross, son of Diana Ross), can have a better future. Orphaned after their parents died in a car accident, Rashad and Ant work after school as janitors with their uncle George (Mykelti Williamson), who has taken them in to keep them out of foster homes. Every Sunday night, Rashad teams up at the roller-skating rink with his best friends: Esquire (Jackie Long), who has a shot at going to the Ivy League if he can make the right connection; Brooklyn (Albert "Al Be" Daniels), a soft-spoken poet carving out a career in the fast-food industry; and Teddy (Jason Weaver), who works at Eddy's Gold Teeth and provides much of the comic relief. At the rink, they get to be the stars of the show, whirling around, impressing girls, and just being themselves, far away from the daily grind. Rashad soon hooks up with New-New (Lauren London), who refuses to let him see where she lives, harboring a secret that could tear their growing love apart. Meanwhile, Ant starts doing jobs for local drug dealer Marcus (OutKast's Big Boi), attracted to the fancy cars and fast money, and Esquire has some tough choices to make after meeting a high-powered businessman (Keith David). With the critical roller-skating contest right around the corner, things reach a fever pitch, all set to a cranking crunk soundtrack. ATL was inspired by the real-life experiences of music producer Dallas Austin and TLC's Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins; the story is by Antwone Fisher, the subject of Denzel Washington's 2002 directorial debut.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[A] gentle ode to good pals and roller-skating nights....The skate scenes are a blast." 04/07/2006 p.43
New York Times "The fun here is in seeing a new batch of rappers try acting, and some of them turn out to be eminently watchable." 04/11/2006 p.E10
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "ATL is an exceptional movie for its weight and class, which is that of a light urban coming-of-age dramedy where the veneer may be darkly intriguing, but the finish is pure homily..." 06/01/2006 p.63
Actors
Tip Harris
Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton
Lauren London
Cast & Crew
Aaron Zigman - Original Music By
Antwan Andre Patton - Actor
Antwone Fisher - Story By
Chris Robinson - Director
Dallas Austin - Producer
David Blackburn - Editor
Evan Ross - Actor
Jazze Pha - Actor
Karsten Gopinath - Cinematographer
Keith David - Actor
Lauren London - Actor
Lonette McKee - Actor
Mykelti Williamson - Actor
T.I. - Original Music By
Timothy M. Bourne - Executive Producer
Tina Gordon Chism - Screenplay
Tip Harris - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 82963
UPC 00012569829633
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review A group of misfit Atlanta teenagers must compete with a luscious soundtrack and some impressively trippy camerawork in "ATL," the wildly undisciplined directorial debut of music video maven Chris Robinson. Hitching a poor-boy-rich-girl romance to some conventional drug-dealing shenanigans, with a dash of last year's "Roll Bounce" thrown in for good measure, Warner Bros.' low-budget stab at capturing an urban niche audience is higher on stylistic dazzle than originality or coherence, making it an unlikely candidate to bust out of the box office ghetto.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review What I liked most was its unforced, genuine affection for its characters. Rashad likes his friends, and so do we. He realizes Uncle George is not a paragon, but Mykelti Williamson has a strong scene where he defends his life from his point of view...I sense that somewhere in the film, if we know where to look, maybe in the support of Uncle George, the friendships involving Rashad, Esquire and New-New, we can find clues about how Antwone Fisher evolved from a kid with a shaky future into a screenwriter with a big one.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News Fresh and unexpected.
Melissa Walters, BlackFilm.com Music, humor and romance in a simple tale of life in the hood.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald ...a familiar song about growing up, but hits notes that sound brand new.
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