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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 218410675
UPC: 876964003513
UPC 14: 00876964003513
Category Keywords: Period Piece
Rating: Game Rating Code
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United By Revolution Divided By The Past.
In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, "The Hurt Locker") returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington, "Ray," "Lift") and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone's beliefs as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia.

"...compelling...  James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"...splendid cast...  Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Editor's Note
A man comes home to find some of the demons of his past waiting for him in this independent drama from writer and director Tanya Hamilton. Marcus (Anthony Mackie) was born and raised in Philadelphia, but hasn't been there for years when he comes back in 1976 to attend the funeral of his father, a local minister. Marcus came of age during the late '60s and was a member of the Black Panther Party when revolution and black power were hot topics in Philly's African-American community. After a key figure in the local Black Panther organization was assassinated, many suspected someone inside the group had informed on them to the police, and more than a few were certain Marcus was the rat as he walked out on the Panthers and left town shortly after the murder. As Marcus visits his old neighborhood, he has to deal with strained relationships in his family and the distrust of old friends convinced he betrayed a close friend; he also spends some time with Patricia (Kerry Washington), a fellow activist he used to love who was also married to the man Marcus is said to have betrayed. As Marcus wrestles with the shadows of another era, he's shadowed by Jimmy (Amari Cheatom), Patricia's disturbed and homeless cousin who still believes in the Panthers' cause. Featuring an original score by the Roots, NIGHT CATCHES US received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.


Video Features Widescreen, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/14/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 90 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2010
Video UPC UPC: 00876964003513
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Wendell Pierce
Video Cast Info Kerry Washington
Video Cast Info Jamie Hector
Video Cast Info Anthony Mackie
Video Cast Info Jamara Griffin
Video Cast Info Ron Simons - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Amari Cheatom - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Tanya Hamilton - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Dave Golden - Music Director
Video Cast Info Tariq Trotter - Co-Star
Video Cast Info David Tumblety - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info The Roots - Composer
Video Cast Info The Roots - Music Performer
Video Cast Info Tanya Hamilton - Director


Sundance Film Festival (2010)
   Video Award Name Tanya Hamilton, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[I]ntellectually ambitious...all the more notable for setting well-drawn fictional characters in a fraught, real moment in civil rights history." -- Grade: B 11/23/2010

A.V. Club
"[I]t's clear Hamilton wants to reach beyond the arthouse to people who've experienced stories like hers first hand." -- Grade: B 12/02/2010

New York Times
"Ms. Hamilton tells a modest, complex story with admirable clarity and nuance. That her film is so quiet, so evidently invested in contemplation rather than confrontation, gives it power as well as insight." 12/03/2010

"Washington is well cast as the clipped, deflective den mother..." 11/30/2010

Wall Street Journal
"This film, which was written and directed by Tanya Hamilton, merits admiration as an ambitious debut feature..." 12/03/2010

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "The film leads to no showy conclusion, no spectacular climax. It is about movement possible within the soul even in difficult times." 12/08/2010

Los Angeles Times
"It's a small independent film that believes you can mix the personal and the political to potent effect....NIGHT CATCHES US manages to be both pertinent and dramatically persuasive." 12/10/2010

Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his intelligent, emotional drama should resonate strongly with fans of character-driven stories and those interested in tales of American political struggle." 12/03/2010

The New York Times 8 of 10
...Ms. Hamilton tells a modest, complex story with admirable clarity and nuance. That her film is so quiet, so evidently invested in contemplation rather than confrontation, gives it power as well as insight... - A.O. Scott

Entertainment Weekly 8 of 10
...Writer-director Tanya Hamilton's intellectually ambitious debut drama Night Catches Us is all the more notable for setting well-drawn fictional characters in a fraught, real moment in civil rights history... - Lisa Schwarzbaum

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
...Night Catches Us, Tanya Hamilton's first feature as a director, is something to cherish... - Peter Travers

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