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Bluehill Avenue (2003)

W.B. Alexander , Dana Bair  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: W.B. Alexander, Dana Bair, Angelle Brooks, Percy Daggs III, Andrew Divoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000JBUHI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,069 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bluehill Avenue" on IMDb

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  • Deleted scenes with commentary
  • Behind-the-scenes/final shot comparisons
  • The "Blue Hill" interviews

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Growing up in the rough Roxbury neighborhood in Boston, four childhood friends find their dreams come true too easily, and too quickly, through dealing drugs, but the repercussions are deadly. Stars Allen Payne, Andrew Divoff, Clarence Williams III and W

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth seeing February 19, 2004
By Andrew
Blue Hill Avenue is the story of 4 friends growing up in Roxbury (Boston). They start with peddling marijuana in high school, and end up as hard core crack dealers. Tristan (played by Allen Payne) is the star of the movie and the leader of the gang.
Throughout the movie, Tristan's family confronts him his dealing. During a particularly painful family incident, Tristan's father approaches Tristan and asks how could he end up a dealer when he came from such a good famliy. Tristan is at a loss for an explanation, and responds to his dad, "Because I'm good at it".
The film includes lots of action, perhaps a bit more violence than was really necessary for the story line. Blue Hill Avenue dares to show how a young man from a decent upbringing can get caught up in the wrong crowd, and how it impacts an otherwise decent family. Towards the end of the movie, Tristan acknowledges that his friends will be the end of him.
Blue Hill Avenue was actually filmed in Canada, in Saint John, New Brunswick. I live in Boston and was impressed how much the location passed for Boston, a good choice on the producer's part.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See Kind of Movie! March 20, 2004
This was a great movie (writing/directing/producing). Allen Payne is a wonderful actor and he really gave a stellar performance in Bluehill Avenue. The real treat though was the awesome performances of the supporting cast of up and coming unknowns (Characters of E-Bone, Money and Simon). I have already seen the actors who played Money and Simon appear in other movies. Clarence Williams III always adds distinct flavor to any role he plays. Those of you who are 1970s movie buffs will recognize the character who plays Uncle Rob from one of the Blacula flicks from back in the day. Even though I am not elaborating on the rest of the supporting cast, they are all great (even the teens).
The movie was not predictable, which I appreciated. It did however remind me just a bit of "Jason's Lyric" and "New Jack City". Ingredients that made up the story consist of friendship, loyalty, love, betrayal, trust, self analysis, greed and power. The soundtrack was also enjoyable. The characters were very believable and definitely unforgetable. If you enjoy it or just want to know more...check out the website for more info on cast and behind the scenes at
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!!!!! October 7, 2004
The best "urban" drama I've seen since "New Jack City"

I bought it about 6 months ago and I've watched it at least 6 times since. Love it! It's a very violent movie but a story such as this one can't be sugar coated. This happens everyday somewhere in America.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem, a must see! April 19, 2006
By Gil
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Honestly, I had never heard of this movie until I came across it at the video store. Allen Payne (New Jack City and Jason's Lyric fame) definitely shines as the leading man in this gritty urban film about friendship, trust, loyalty and the price of betrayal. Clarence Williams III and William Forsythe add remarkably to the film and it's content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Average "Gangsta" Film June 1, 2006
When I first saw this, I must admit, I was skeptical. My first impression was oh boy, here we go again, another bad black film where all the characters are overdone and kill each other....but after someone talked me into giving it a chance, I was floored. This movie, honestly, is on the same level of Goodfellas and Boyz in tha Hood. The fact that you watch the characters come into that lifestyle from childhood, watch the connections that were made, and see the downfall was so real to me I wanted to cry when everything started going bad. I've seen that life, been part of it, and most movies in Hollywood don't get it right on film. This was one of the films that I would recommend to anyone who wants to see what it's like to become a true "dopeboy."

The most moving part of the film for me was when the main character sees his sister after she disappeared and what his parents said to him. This story happens everyday in the streets, and I loved watching it come to light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its All About Trust February 1, 2006
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Although the movie starts off a little slow and you're wondering what is going on, when the action starts rolling you will not be able to turn away. In the movie star Allen Payne and his three costars really give meaning to the word trust. They stick together like family, and it is so real compared to the street life that some people are so familiar with. Four friends trying to make a better life for themselves. Tristian(Payne) is the mastermind behind their whole operation but he would be nothing without his boys. He trusts them with his life as they do him.

But when there is money involved you can trust in no one. So when the four friends find out the city is looking to take them down they try to stick together. And Payne plays an incredible actor playing the distraut man who has no where to turn. He can trust his wife of his lifelong friend, he has ruined his sister's life and his family isn't even beside him. I think this is a movie everyone should see.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP NOTCH BLACK CINEMA March 1, 2004
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I came across it a couple of time while out looking for DVD's, but passed it up each time. Finally I decided I should give it a shot.
Boy am I glad I did, because this is a wonderful tale of how simple it is to have your whole life changed by one act or by saying or suggesting something......"What if we didn't smoke it all?" That's how easy it was to get it all started. The only problem is stopping something, generally isn't as easy.
I had my teenage son and niece watch this film and see from a spectators point of view, how silly it truly is to let you desire to fit in or you so called loyalty to friends bring you down. That we all should do what the pit of "our" stomach tells us to do, not what guilt or fear dictates.
I would recommend this to all with one bit of advice - "when watching anything that isn't based on a true story, take it for what it's worth.'s entertainment with a message.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I had this movie and it was stolen from me. I just had to buy again.
Published 5 days ago by sunshine326
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Life
I loved this movie. It was so real and true to life. I absolutely loved Allen Payne's acting. The story was on point. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Pilar Arsenec
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
alan payne as a gangster yes lol a good movie
Published 20 days ago by Daria Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gave as a gift, no complaints
Published 22 days ago by Miguelito
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Movie was new with no problems.
Published 1 month ago by Demetria R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie about gangsters and drug dealers
Great movie about gangsters and drug dealers. Allen Payne was in New Jack City and that's another good movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Heydari
5.0 out of 5 stars Its an urban film which is underrated and its so similar to New Jack...
Blue hill avenue is a classic movie,the actors in film are outstanding.Its an urban film which is underrated and its so similar to New Jack city
it is absolutely one of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kopz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this move. One of my favs.
Published 2 months ago by michey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked this movie
Published 3 months ago by leon b lafleur
I advise not to buy this dvd from the seller but rather a different seller who's selling the dvd! This is a great movie and I was looking forward to watching it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tamika Smith
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