Traveller (1997 film)
Traveller is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Jack N. Green and starring Bill Paxton, Mark Wahlberg and Julianna Margulies; the plot centers on a man joining a group of nomadic con artists in rural North Carolina. Traveller received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 79% based on reviews from 28 critics, with an average rating of 6.4/10. Traveller was released on DVD on July 25, 2000. Traveller on IMDb Traveller at Rotten Tomatoes
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a professional honorary organization with the stated goal of advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures. The Academy's corporate management and general policies are overseen by a Board of Governors, which includes representatives from each of the craft branches; the roster of the Academy's 6,000 motion picture professionals is a "closely guarded secret". While the great majority of its members are based in the United States, membership is open to qualified filmmakers around the world; the Academy is known around the world for its annual Academy Awards and popularly known as "The Oscars". In addition, the Academy holds the Governors Awards annually for lifetime achievement in film; the Academy plans to open the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles in 2019. The notion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences began with Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he said he wanted to create an organization that would mediate labor disputes without unions and improve the industry's image.
He met with actor Conrad Nagel, director Fred Niblo, the head of the Association of Motion Picture Producers, Fred Beetson to discuss these matters. The idea of this elite club having an annual banquet was discussed, but no mention of awards at that time, they established that membership into the organization would only be open to people involved in one of the five branches of the industry: actors, writers and producers. After their brief meeting, Mayer gathered up a group of thirty-six people involved in the film industry and invited them to a formal banquet at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on January 11, 1927; that evening Mayer presented to those guests what he called the International Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Everyone in the room that evening became a founder of the Academy. Between that evening and when the official Articles of Incorporation for the organization were filed on May 4, 1927, the "International" was dropped from the name, becoming the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences".
Several organizational meetings were held prior to the first official meeting held on May 6, 1927. Their first organizational meeting was held on May 11. At that meeting Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. was elected as the first president of the Academy, while Fred Niblo was the first vice-president, their first roster, composed of 230 members, was printed. That night, the Academy bestowed its first honorary membership, to Thomas Edison; the Academy was broken down into five main groups, or branches, although this number of branches has grown over the years. The original five were: Producers, Directors and Technicians; the initial concerns of the group had to do with labor." However, as time went on, the organization moved "further away from involvement in labor-management arbitrations and negotiations." One of several committees formed in those initial days was for "Awards of Merit," but it was not until May 1928 that the committee began to have serious discussions about the structure of the awards and the presentation ceremony.
By July 1928 the board of directors had approved a list of 12 awards to be presented. During July the voting system for the Awards was established, the nomination and selection process began; this "award of merit for distinctive achievement" is. The initial location of the organization was 6912 Hollywood Boulevard. In November 1927, the Academy moved to the Roosevelt Hotel at 7010 Hollywood Boulevard, the month the Academy's library began compiling a complete collection of books and periodicals dealing with the industry from around the world. In May 1928, the Academy authorized the construction of a state of the art screening room, to be located in the Club lounge of the hotel; the screening room was not completed until April 1929. With the publication of Report on Incandescent Illumination in 1928, the Academy began a long history of publishing books to assist its members. Another early initiative concerned training Army Signal Corps officers. In 1929, Academy members in a joint venture with the University of Southern California created America's first film school to further the art and science of moving pictures.
The school's founding faculty included Fairbanks, D. W. Griffith, William C. deMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, Darryl F. Zanuck.1930 saw another move, to 7046 Hollywood Boulevard, in order to accommodate the enlarging staff, by December of that year the library was acknowledged as "having one of the most complete collections of information on the motion picture industry anywhere in existence." They would remain at that location until 1935, when further growth would cause them to move once again. This time, the administrative offices would move to one location, to the Taft Building at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, while the library would move to 1455 North Gordon Street. In 1934, the Academy began publication of the Screen Achievement Records Bulletin, which today is known as the Motion Picture Credits Database; this is a list of film credits up for an Academy Award, as well as other films released in Los Angeles County, using research materials from the Academy's Margaret Her
Mean Creek is a 2004 American coming-of-age psychological drama film written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes and starring Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder. It was produced by Susan Johnson, Rick Rosenthal, Hagai Shaham; the film is about a group of teenagers who devise a plan to humiliate an overweight, troubled bully on a boating trip. When their plan goes too far, they have to deal with the unexpected consequences of their actions; the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 15, 2004, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2004. It was given a limited release in major US cities on August 20, 2004 playing at art house theaters. Small and quiet Sam admits to his older brother Rocky that the school bully George has hurt him because he moved George's video camera while George was filming himself shooting baskets. Rocky tells his friends, reserved Clyde and troubled Marty, they devise a plan for revenge. Part of the prank entails taking George on a boating trip to celebrate Sam's fictional birthday.
They will get him to strip in a game of truth or dare make him run home naked. Sam invites his new girlfriend Millie along and all five of them are driven to the river by Marty. During the ride, George reveals a different side by being genuinely pleased to be invited. However, Sam does not tell Millie the real plan. Millie refuses to continue. Sam tells Rocky, who tells Clyde and Marty. Although Clyde has no problem, Marty is reluctant. Throughout the trip, George clumsily attempts to fit in with the group. Despite this, he gets confrontational when questioned about his motives; the group soon realize although George is annoying and insecure, he is lonely and just wants to be accepted. On the boat, Marty deviates from the others' plan and initiates a game of truth or dare, though the rest decide to go along. After George shoots Marty with a water gun in good fun, he makes a funny quip about Marty's father, not remembering that it is a sore subject as Marty's father committed suicide years ago; this starts to ridicule George.
Angered and humiliated, George launches into a vulgar tirade against everyone else, ending by crudely mocking Marty's deceased father. Marty snaps and Rocky, in an attempt to stop the fight, accidentally pushes George off the boat. Unable to swim, George struggles to remain afloat in the water; as the others regard the scene in horror, George accidentally hits his head with his video camera and does not come to the surface. Rocky dives into the water and finds George, who appears face down in the shallow water close to the shore. Millie is unable to revive him; the group is traumatized and in fear of being incarcerated. They bury George. Clyde's plan is to explain that it was an accident but Marty threatens him, reminding Clyde that George's camera has recorded Marty's taped confession of the original plan and the authorities will find out if the camera is discovered; as they had tricked George into not telling his mother where he was going, she would not know of their involvement. They gather at Sam and Rocky's house.
Sam, Rocky and Millie are willing to accept the consequences as opposed to having George's death hanging over their heads. Marty feels betrayed, he convinces his brother to give him his gun and car. Marty drives off, becoming a fugitive. Meanwhile, the others go to George's house and confess to his mother. Sam is seen in an interrogation room, telling the story to the police, who find and view the tape from George's video camera. In a final scene, audio of George explaining his dream of becoming a filmmaker and documenting his life in hopes those who see it will understand him plays in the background; the police force, Rocky, their father, George's mother find the location of the corpse while Sam watches on in regret as the sheriff exhumes George's body and his mother cries with devastation. Rory Culkin as Sam Merrick Ryan Kelley as Clyde Scott Mechlowicz as Marty Blank Trevor Morgan as Rocky Merrick Josh Peck as George Tooney Carly Schroeder as Millie Branden Williams as Kile Raissa Fleming as Maggie Tooney Heath Lourwood as Jasper Michael Fisher-Welsh as Mr. Levinworth Mean Creek was conceived by director Jacob Aaron Estes around 1996 and 1997.
At the time, Estes felt that there were few films about kids dealing with a tragedy, a genre he had always admired both as a kid and as an adult student of film. The film was independently financed with a budget of $500,000, although about $350,000 of it was spent off screen or donated, it was shot in Clackamas County, including the cities of Boring and Estacada, though footage on the river was filmed on the Lewis River in southwest Washington. Mean Creek received a limited release in North America in four theaters and grossed $29,170 with an average of $7,292 per theater; the film earned $603,951 domestically and $198,997 internationally for a total of $802,948. Based on a $500,000 budget, the film can be considered a modest box office success. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a "Certified Fresh" rating of 89%, based on 124 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The consensus states "Mean Creek is an uncomfortably riveting glimpse into the casual cruelty of youth." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 74 out of 100, based on 31 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Roger Ebert praised the acting and concept of teenagers making conscious moral decisions and wrote "Mean Cre
Allison Anders is an American independent film director whose films include Gas Food Lodging, Mi Vida Loca and Grace of My Heart. Anders has collaborated with fellow UCLA School of Theater and Television graduate Kurt Voss and has worked as a television director. Anders' films have been shown at the Cannes International Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival, she has been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant as well as a Peabody Award. Anders was born in Ashland, Kentucky to mother Alberta "Rachel" Anders and father Robert "Bob" Anders, she has one of whom, Luanna Anders, starred in her first film, Border Radio. One of her sisters is Dominique Steed née Du Bois, the daughter of Louis Ernesto Gomez-Moncalleno Du Bois, her paternal side has ancestry that traces back to the Southern Hatfield family and, more distantly, to George Washington's spy, Caleb Brewster, while her maternal side includes another Washington spy, Abraham Woodhull. When Anders was 4 years old, her father abandoned the family.
Anders' mother and father were divorced when she was 5. At age 12, she was gang raped by three boys at a party in Cape Canaveral FL, an event that influenced several of her films. After her mother moved her and her sisters to Los Angeles, Anders suffered a mental breakdown at the age of 15 and was hospitalized; when she came out of the psychiatric ward, she ran away. She hitchhiked at one point ending up in jail. After turning 17, Anders moved back to Kentucky, she moved to London with the man who fathered her first child. In her early 20s, Anders moved back to Los Angeles with her daughter and attended junior college, Los Angeles Valley College, while working odd jobs. Due to constant relocation as a child, Anders had not had a steady education, she said that growing up, most of her time was spent going to movie theaters. Inspired by the films of Wim Wenders and other filmmakers, Anders applied to UCLA Film School. During her time at UCLA, Anders produced her first sound film. Wenders attended the screening.
In 1986, Anders got her B. A. in Motion Picture-Television from University of California Los Angeles. In 1986, Anders won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for a script called Lost Highway that she wrote about her father, she said that after writing the script she shared it with her father, was able to have a relationship with him again. Anders' first film, the punk music-heavy Border Radio, was co-written and co-directed with Kurt Voss and Dean Lent and was made while they were at UCLA, it was nominated for Best Feature of 1988 by the Independent Feature Project for Best First Feature. The film told the story of three musicians who stole money owed to them from a job and fled to Mexico; the story is set amid the Los Angeles punk-rock scene of the 1980s. With a $2,000 contribution from actor Vic Tayback and loans from Voss's parents to fund the film, the filmmakers made up for the small budget by using local locations and casting performers they knew. For the starring role, they cast Anders' sister, Luanna Anders, musician Chris D. as the leading man, as well as Anders' daughter, Devon Anders, who played Luanna's daughter in the film.
Violating UCLA policy, the filmmakers cut the film at night in the school's editing bays, while Anders' two young daughters slept on the floor. In 2007, Border Radio was given a special release on DVD as part of the Criterion Collection and was lauded as groundbreaking independent cinema. Anders' second feature, the 1992 film Gas Food Lodging, earned her a New York Film Critics Circle Award and National Society of Film Critics honors for Best New Director. Actress Fairuza Balk won a Spirit Award for her role in the film; the film won the Deauville Film Festival Critics Award and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival. Gas Food Lodging is a coming-of-age story about a truck stop waitress and her two daughters, three vibrant, restless women in an isolated Western town; the screenplay was loosely adapted by Anders from the novel Don't Look and It Won't Hurt by Richard Peck. Her next film, Mi Vida Loca, was about girl gangs in the poor Hispanic Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, where Anders lived.
It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993, saw wide release in 1994. The story features a female perspective on growing up in the inner city. Anders' 1996 film, Grace of My Heart, was a musical drama executive produced by Martin Scorsese, about a songwriter and her career over several years, including work in the early 1960s in music publishing and production offices, a setting based on the Brill Building. This, marriage to a songwriting partner and her emergence as a singer-songwriter in the 1970s are among elements paralleling the career of Carole King, but the film is neither a biography nor fiction; the original soundtrack features new songs written in various styles of the era. Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach had their first collaboration composing a song for the film, "God Give Me Strength," and were nominated for a Grammy Award. In the late 1980s, Anders had become friends with members of pop group Duran Duran, inserted small references to the band in her films. In 1999, after bassist John Taylor had left Duran Duran and was beginning to launch an acting career and Voss co-wrote and co-directed Sugar Town, about the Los Angeles film and music industry.
The film starred several musical friends of Anders', including Taylor, X singer John Doe, Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp, singer/actor Michael D
Arlington Road is a 1999 American drama mystery thriller film which tells the story of a widowed George Washington University professor who suspects his new neighbors are involved in terrorism and becomes obsessed with foiling their terrorist plot. The film was inspired by the paranoid culture of the 1990s concerning the right-wing militia movement, Ruby Ridge, the Waco siege and Oklahoma City Bombing; the film stars Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis and is directed by Mark Pellington. Ehren Kruger wrote the script, which won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowship in 1996; the film was to have been released by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, but the film's United States distribution rights was sold to Sony Pictures Entertainment for $6 million. The eventual release was the second title for Screen Gems. Tomandandy composed additional music in the film. Michael Faraday is a widower and college history professor at George Washington University with a son, Grant.
One day, Michael encounters a boy stumbling in the middle of a road in his neighborhood, Brady with horrific injuries to his hands. Michael takes him to hospital and meets his parents Oliver and Cheryl Lang, discovering they are his neighbors, they soon become friends, their sons join the Discoverers, a Boy Scouts-style group. Actions of the Langs arouse latent suspicion in Michael. Michael sees blueprints in the Lang's house which are not for the building project Oliver, a structural engineer, a wrongly delivered letter suggests he lied about where he attended college. After Michael laments the FBI's lack of contrition after his wife, an FBI agent, was killed in the line of duty, Oliver states that the government should be punished for its mistakes. Michael's girlfriend and his wife's former FBI partner, Whit Carver, dismiss Michael's concerns as paranoia. Michael takes his college class on a field trip to the site of the standoff in which his wife was killed, passionately excoriates the FBI for failing to sufficiently investigate the besieged family, for provoking the standoff.
Michael's students appear uneasy. Oliver tells Michael that Grant wishes someone could be punished for his mother's death, which again rouses Michael's suspicion, he discovers in archives that Oliver's real name is William Fenimore, that he tried to blow up a post office in Kansas at age 16. He is seen by Oliver, who confronts and berates him. Oliver states that he sought revenge on the government for causing his father's suicide, that he was imprisoned, admits to changing his identity to hide his past from his children. Michael appears to let the matter drop. However, a few days Brooke sees Oliver swap cars with a stranger in a parking lot, follows him to a delivery depot where a number of metal boxes are exchanged. From a payphone, she leaves Michael a message that his suspicions may have been correct, but is discovered by Cheryl. Michael learns of Brooke's death on the news; the next day, Michael inadvertently discovers that messages left on his answering machine had been erased. Again suspecting foul play, Michael phones Whit about Oliver/William and asks him to check FBI records, records of calls to his home.
Michael visits the father of the late Dean Scobee, accused of blowing up a federal building in St. Louis, from where the Langs had moved. Dr. Scobee is certain. Michael becomes convinced Dean was set up when he sees him in a photo with Brady, with whom Grant is on a Discoverer field trip, rushes in a panic to retrieve him. Troop leaders tell him. Michael confronts Oliver at his home; the next day Whit accosts Michael, stating the FBI discovered nothing suspicious about Oliver/William or his acquaintances, says that Michael's'missing' telephone message was from a payphone. The following morning, Michael slips out of his house, rents a car under a false name, drives to the payphone where Brooke made the phone call, sees a passing delivery vehicle, he follows it to its depot, where he sees some men he recognizes from Oliver's house, from Discoverer photographs, loading metal boxes into the van. Michael is shocked to see Grant at the window. Oliver beats him, promising to kill Grant. Oliver expounds on his group's anti-government mission, their current target the FBI.
Michael overpowers drives to FBI headquarters, calling Whit to warn him. Michael sees a delivery van at the gate to the FBI building and illegally pursues it into the secure parking garage, but discovers that it is a different van and is empty. Whit tells Michael. Michael rushes back to his own car before it detonates; the blast collapses the FBI headquarters, as Oliver watches from a distance. A montage of news clips, which portray Michael as a lonewolf terrorist seeking revenge on the FBI for his wife's death, show that the Langs have framed him. Statements from Michael's students support the official story, giving accounts of his erratic and paranoid behavior and inferring that he held a dangerous grudge against the FBI. Grant, now orphaned, moves in with relatives, tragically unaware of his father's innocence. Jeff Bridges as Michael Faraday Tim Robbins as Oliver Lang/William Fenimore Joan Cusack as Cheryl Lang/Fenimore Hope Davis as Brooke Wolfe Ro
Akeelah and the Bee
Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Doug Atchison. It tells the story of Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old girl who participates in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, her mother, her schoolmates, her coach, Dr. Joshua Larabee; the cast features Curtis Armstrong, J. R. Villarreal, Sean Michael Afable, Erica Hubbard, Lee Thompson Young, Julito McCullum, Sahara Garey, Eddie Steeples, Tzi Ma; the film was developed over a period of 10 years by Atchison, who came up with the initial concept after seeing the 1994 Scripps National Spelling Bee and noting that a majority of the competitors came from well-off socioeconomic backgrounds. After completing the script in 1999, Atchison won one of the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting in 2000, which attracted producers Sid Ganis and Nancy Hult Ganis. After an initial inability to secure funding, the project got a second wind as a result of the success of the 2002 documentary film Spellbound. Lionsgate Films undertook the production in 2004 and in the following year it was filmed in South Los Angeles on a budget of over $6 million.
Atchison remarked that his theme for the film, deemed an inspirational film, was about overcoming obstacles despite difficult challenges along the way. He said that he wanted to portray African Americans in a manner, not stereotypical and tried to show how African American children incorporate some stereotypes; the film alludes to the importance of community as well as to problems. It deals with esteem and stigma in school while criticizing the public school system. Cast members said that although the film was aimed at children, they considered it had important lessons for the parents as well. Released in the United States on April 28, 2006, Akeelah and the Bee was positively received by critics and audiences. Reviewers praised its storyline and cast, lauding Palmer's performance, although a few critics panned the story as familiar and formulaic, were critical of the portrayal of Asian-American characters; the film grossed $19 million, received a number of awards and nominations, including the Black Reel Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.
Film critics praised it for avoiding African-American stereotypes common in Hollywood films, while scholars were less favorable saying it reinforces some clichés. Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old spelling enthusiast, attends Crenshaw Middle School, a predominantly black school in South Los Angeles, she lives with her disgruntled widowed mother Tanya, her older sister Kiana, her older brothers Devon and Terrence, her infant niece. Her principal Mr. Welch suggests that she sign up for the Crenshaw Schoolwide Spelling Bee, which she refuses. After being threatened for detention for the remaining of the semester, she gives in, enters the spelling bee, wins. Soon after, Dr. Joshua Larabee, a visiting English professor and Mr. Welch's friend from college, tests Akeelah and decides that she is good enough to compete in the National Spelling Bee. Dr. Larabee declines to coach her because she is rude to him; as a result, Akeelah studies on her own to prepare for the district spelling bee. Although Akeelah misspells her word during the final round of the bee, she qualifies for the regional bee when Kiana catches the other finalist cheating.
Akeelah meets and befriends Javier Mendez, a 12-year-old Mexican American boy and fellow speller. Javier invites her to join the spelling club at his Woodland Hills middle school. At Woodland Hills, Akeelah meets Dylan Chiu, a Chinese American boy who had won second place at the past two national spelling bees. Contemptuous, he asks her to spell "xanthosis"; when she starts with a "z", he tells her. At the conclusion of the spelling club meeting, Javier invites Akeelah to his birthday party. Before that, Tanya is depressed over Terrence's bad behavior after getting caught by the police for acting out with his thugs, her husband Samuel's death after a mugger shot him on his way home from work and concerned about her daughter's grades and frequent truancy; as she finds out about Akeelah going alone to Woodland Hills, she subsequently forbids Akeelah from participating in the upcoming state bee and forces her to take summer school to make up for all the classes she skipped, which starts an argument between her and Akeelah.
To circumvent this prohibition, Akeelah forges her deceased father's signature on the consent form and secretly studies with Dr. Larabee. At the party, Akeelah nearly beats Dylan in Scrabble. Afterwards, Akeelah overhears Dylan's overly competitive father insulting her and berating his son for nearly losing to "a little black girl". During the state bee, Tanya interrupts her daughter before she can spell her word. Tanya chastises Akeelah for going to the bee without her permission and relents after a side discussion with Dr. Larabee and Mr. Welch giving Akeelah double chores for three months as a punishment for lying and keeping it a secret behind her back. Javier protects Akeelah from disqualification by stalling. Dylan and Akeelah advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee; as Christmas approaches, Akeelah goes out to buy Dr. Larabee a present, but when she meets him, he reveals that he is quitting being her coach because she reminds him of his deceased daughter Denise: she got sick, his wife Patricia divorced him.
Instead, he gives Akeelah 5,000 flashcards to study. Without her coach, rejected by her best friend Georgia, feeling the pressure from her neighborhood residents to make them proud, Akeelah loses her motivation and breaks down crying. During the meeting with Dr. Larabee and Tanya, another reason Dr. Larabee gave up being her coach was that he wasn'
Down in the Delta
Down in the Delta is a 1998 drama film, directed by Maya Angelou. The film stars Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman, Jr. Esther Rolle, Loretta Devine, Wesley Snipes. Rosa Lynn, an elderly woman, sends her daughter Loretta and her children to live with her brother-in-law in Mississippi. Loretta is an addict and does not want to go since uncle Earl lives in the dry and rural part of Mississippi. Uncle Earl has his hands full with his business and a wife who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, he has Loretta help him in his restaurant, the family begins to find strength in their roots, start to rebuild their lives. An important recurring object throughout the film is a family heirloom; the candelabra, which everyone refers to as "Nathan," has strong significance to the family. It is revealed that Loretta's great-great grandfather and Jesse's father was a slave named Nathan, he was traded for the candelabra. Jesse stole back the candelabra, it has been passed through the generations, along with Nathan's story since.
Alfre Woodard as Loretta Sinclair Al Freeman Jr. as Earl Sinclair Esther Rolle as Annie Sinclair Mary Alice as Rosa Lynn Sinclair Loretta Devine as Zenia Anne-Marie Johnson as Monica Sinclair Mpho Koaho as Thomas Sinclair Justin Lord as Dr. Rainey Wesley Snipes as Will Sinclair Kulani Hassen as Tracy Sinclair Sandra Caldwell as Volunteer Colleen Williams as Tourist Woman Richard Blackburn as Tourist Man Philip Akin as Manager Mary Fallick as Drug Addict Sandi Ross as Pawnbroker Barbara Barnes-Hopkins as Prim Woman Richard Yearwood as Marco Alfre Woodard's work drew praise from San Francisco Chronicle reviewer Peter Stack, who lauded her for "a beautifully layered performance... Woodard is magical as a single mother haunted by alcohol and an inadequate education, she single-handedly shores up this somewhat simplistic movie...er instincts for drama and humor provide a welcome dose of human reality, saving a script that veers toward the sentimental." The film was successful on limited release.
The following soundtrack was released by Virgin Records. "Believe in Love" - Sunday "God's Stepchild" - Janet Jackson "Heaven Must Be Like This" - D'Angelo "If Ever" - Stevie Wonder "Where Would I Be" - The Leverts "I'm Only Human" - Luther Vandross "Just A Little Luv" - Shawn Stockman "We Belong Together" - Tony Thompson And Antoinette "Don't Talk 2 Strangers" - Chaka Khan "Let It Go" - Jazzyfatnastees featuring The Roots "My Soul Don't Dream" - Meshell N'degeocello & Keb' Mo' "Uh Uh Ooh Ooh Look Out Here It Comes" - Ashford & Simpson "Don't Let Nuthin' Keep You Down" - Sounds of Blackness "Family" - Stanley Clarke "The Rain" - Tracie Spencer "Patchwork Quilt" - Sweet Honey in the Rock Down in the Delta on IMDb Down in the Delta at Rotten Tomatoes