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Love Jones (1997)

Director: Theodore Witcher     Starring: Nia Long Larenz Tate
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40114454
UPC: 794043478628
UPC 14: 00794043478628
Category Keywords: Big City  Friends  Independent  Romance  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Get together. Fall apart. Start over.
When a beautiful photographer falls in love with a sweet-talking writer, they both discover that you can never underestimate the power of a love jones. Special features: refugee camp all-stars featuring lauryn hill music video, original theatrical trailer, and cast and crew biographies and filmographies.

"Glamorous, romantic fun!  The Los Angeles Times
"A refreshing and romantic comedy!  Playboy

Editor's Note
After an immediate infatuation (the titular "jones") blossoms between a once-bitten Chicagoan woman and a slick spoken-word artist, they've got to find a way to maintain their relationship. Screened at the Sundance Film Festival.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Trailers

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/31/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1997
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 4786
Video UPC UPC: 00794043478628
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bernadette L. Clarke
Video Cast Info Bill Bellamy
Video Cast Info Cerall Duncan
Video Cast Info Isaiah Washington
Video Cast Info Khalil Kain
Video Cast Info Larenz Tate
Video Cast Info Leonard Roberts
Video Cast Info Lisa Nicole Carson
Video Cast Info Nia Long
Video Cast Info Theodore Witcher - Director
Video Cast Info Ernest Holzmann - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Maysie Hoy - Editor
Video Cast Info Amy Henkels - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Julia Chasman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Helena Echegoyen - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Darryl Jones - Musical Score
Video Cast Info James Giovannetti Jr. - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Caldwell - Producer
Video Cast Info Roger G. Fortune - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Theodore Witcher - Screenplay
Plot Summary
After an immediate infatuation (the titular "jones") blossoms between a once-bitten Chicagoan woman and a slick spoken-word artist, they've got to find a way to maintain their relationship.


Image Award (1998)
   Video Award Name Larenz Tate, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Nia Long, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Motion Picture

Sundance Film Festival (1997)
Video Award Name Theodore Witcher, Winner, Audience Award - Dramatic

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...The cast are sexy and self-assured, the dialogue is consistently sharp..." 07/01/1997 p.46-7

USA Today
"...Novelty value and likable characters..." 03/14/1997 p.4D

Entertainment Weekly
"...The erotic moodiness of LOVE JONES remains fresh..." 03/14/1997 p.59

New York Times
"...[A] frankly sultry and entertaining date movie....LOVE JONES has dreamboats to spare..." 03/14/1997 p.C14

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Frankly romantic and erotic and smart..." 03/14/1997 p.35

Boxoffice Magazine 0 of 10
At last, a romantic drama has been written for an all-black cast featuring intelligent dialogue, an insightful and well-acted plot, and a showcase of the actors as genuine human beings, rather than exploiting them with plots filled with sex, drugs and violence... Filmed in a downtown, working-class section of Chicago and backed by a red-hot jazz and blues score, the movie is enhanced by its beautiful photography and use of black-and-white imagery... Inspired by his college-days experiences, writer/director Theodore Witcher in his directorial debut gives audiences a new perspective on educated blacks who are not being oppressed, not taking a racial stand and not being exploited. Instead, his talented ensemble depicts the conflicts and challenges presented by love in a true, heartfelt fashion that is funny, poignant and downright realistic. It's about time somebody took a chance and made a film that says so much. - Pat Kramer

New York Times 0 of 10
Slinky, sexy Love Jones brings new life to an old story: a courtship and all its predictable detours on the road to romance, with a boy-meets-girl inexorability along the way to love. Now this formula fits suave black 20-somethings who live comfortably in Chicago, flirt in warmly sensual fashion and treat poetry, art and history as integral parts of their lives. Theodore Witcher, who wrote and directed this first feature with a sure hand, brings nothing of Spike Lee's political awareness to this frankly sultry and entertaining date movie. Yet if he doesn't examine his characters' ideas closely, neither does he reduce their love story to the crass, garish level of Waiting to Exhale. Unfortunately, stylish movies with all-black casts are still rare enough to warrant such comparisons. And there is also reason to mention the guns, thugs, rap, hookers and hoods that Love Jones -- with a score featuring Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Cassandra Wilson and Al Green -- so studiously avoids. Its mood is cool, enticing and lullingly bourgeois. - Janet Maslin

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Tate,Larenz
Product attributeLabel:   Turner Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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