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To Sleep With Anger

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To Sleep With Anger

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
102 minutes
performer:
Danny Glover, Paul Butler, Mary Alice, Sheryl Lee Ralph
director:
Charles Burnett
distributor:
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author:
Charles Burnett
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

If glowing reviews alone could pull people into a movie theater, To Sleep With Anger should have been the smash theatrical hit of 1990. Perhaps video will help more people discover this moving look at a family torn apart by a conniving houseguest (Danny Glover).

Happily, the film’s impact is not lost on the small screen. Although it’s a little slow at the start, the pacing races along once the Glover character’s schemes start to pit father against son, husband against wife, brother against brother. Glover’s performance is energetic, and the rest of the cast (including Paul Butler and Mary Alice) is uniformly wonderful as members of a loving, ordinary, and hard-working black family. Universal in spirit and message, To Sleep With Anger is a film that the entire family — black or white — can watch together for an inspirational look at themselves. B+

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