Night Catches Us

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In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, marcus returns to the philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in teh midst of the black panther movement.

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Studio Magnolia Pictures
SKU 218410674
UPC 876964003506
UPC 14 00876964003506
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Period Piece
Editors Note
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.
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
Movieline "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
Actors
Wendell Pierce
Kerry Washington
Jamie Hector
Anthony Mackie
Cast & Crew
Wendell Pierce - Star
Kerry Washington - Star
Jamie Hector - Star
Anthony Mackie - Star
Jamara Griffin - Star
Ron Simons - Co-Star
Amari Cheatom - Co-Star
Tanya Hamilton - Screenwriter
Dave Golden - Music Director
Tariq Trotter - Co-Star
David Tumblety - Director of Photography
The Roots - Composer
The Roots - Music Performer
Tanya Hamilton - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00876964003506
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
  
Awards
Sundance Film Festival (2010) Tanya Hamilton, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize
Reviews
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ...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...
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Reviewer A.O. Scott
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review ...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...
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Reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review ...Night Catches Us, Tanya Hamilton's first feature as a director, is something to cherish...
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter ...compelling...
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ...splendid cast...

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