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Brother to Brother

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Product Description

Critically acclaimed drama that invokes the glory days of the Harlem Renaissance. As an elderly man, poet Bruce Nugent meets a young black gay artist struggling to find his voice and together they embark on a surreal narrative journey through his inspiring past.

DVD Bonus Features:
Separate commentaries by Director Rodney Evans and lead actor Anthony Mackie
Behind the Scenes: Interview with the Director Rodney
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Chapter Stops . .
Letterbox 1: 1.85
Closed Caption
Dolby 2.0 Stereo


Breathtaking...a fascinating and absorbing tale...heralds the emergence of an exciting new voice in black filmmaking& - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

A captivating drama...Tremendously accomplished filmmaking. - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The story Evans tells of the spiritual link between a contemporary black gay New York artist and the trailblazers of the 1930's Harlem Renaissance is an excitingly ambitious one, conveyed with guileless passion of purpose& - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Brings depth and intelligence to black politics and sexuality - VARIETY

Robinson and Mackie are exceptional.& - REEL.COM

Funny, sexy and very cleverly done. - TV GUIDE'' MOVIE GUIDE

Mackie and Robinson both create sensitive, sympathetic characters. - VARIETY

Offers fascinating historical context and two fine lead performances (by Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson).- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

A highly original and beautiful film- LOS ANGELES TIMES

Heartfelt, filled with ideas and nice acting, especially from Mackie and Robinson

Assured and accomplished - PAPER MAGAZINE --Wolfe

Special Features

  • 7 Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary tracks by Director Rodney Evans and Lead Actor Anthony Mackie
  • An in-depth video interview with Director Rodney Evans on the making of the film
  • theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Anthony Mackie, Larry Gilliard Jr., Duane Boutte, Daniel Sunjata, Alex Burns
  • Directors: Rodney Evans
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WOLFE VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008FXSUG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brother to Brother" on IMDb

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Olukayode Balogun on June 21, 2005
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I bought this DVD with some trepidation as some of the reviews I had seen had been less than complimentary on the whole. But I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did I find the movie deeply engrossing and highly entertaining, I also couldn't fail to be moved by its (in my view) huge historical/cultural significance.

Anthony Mackie was truly mesmerizing... and achingly beautiful to watch. Just the kind of black gay character I'd been yearning to see on screen all my adult life. He played the part with absolute conviction and, thankfully, he did this while managing to completely avoid any of the grotesque and stereotypical caricatures that we see oh so often, in so many other gay parts. I felt he played the part with a quiet and honest dignity, and showed us a talented, young black gay man who just wants to live and love. I have no doubt that many black gay men will identify with him. He is us and we are he.

The director made a point of stating Makie's heterosexuality in one of the bonus pieces but I feel his real sexuality is irrelevant. Straight, gay or in between, he's a young, black, American actor with (no doubt) a long and successful career ahead of him. Taking on this role showed courage on his part and I take my hat off to him. Denzel and Will, take note.

Roger Robinson was a joy as well. I'd not seen either he or Mackie prior to this and will be going in search of other works by these actors almost immediately. "She Hate Me", which I had hitherto avoided, and "Million Dollar Baby" are first on my list.

I was also pleased to see Larry Gilliard, Jr and Lance Reddick in this movie. After two seasons of "The Wire" (still waiting for season three on DVD), I feel like they're family. Great actors both of them.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T. Kelley on March 31, 2005
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Brother to Brother isn't a film so much about a young black gay man coming to terms with his sexual identity as it is more precisely a story about a young black man who inspite of the prejudices against him for being black and gay manages to live life and create art on his own terms without fear and shame and the bowing down to prejudices of a hostile world that expects him to conform to a stereotype and fetish to others peoples ideas.

As the story begins, Perry (Anthony Mackie) has already been thrown out of his father's home for being gay and has just had a heated discussion with another classmate during Lit class after volunteering information that a black male literary legend from the past was gay. This classmate of Perry's represents a segment of the black community hostle to the idea that black gay men do exist and are sometimes unwelcomed. Balancing out this hostile classmate is Perry's long-time straight friend, Marcus (Larry Gilliard) who kinda goes against the popular notion that every person of African decent is a homophobe. He is dependable and supportive, but he does not quite understand where Perry is always coming from when he talks about the ill treatment of some "brothers" but he can understand the obstacles Perry is facing as a black artist in the artworld who much like the world of publishing is often both intentionally and unintentionally prejudiced (!). All this and Perry beginning a brief relationship with a white peer who may have a kinda of fetish thing for black guys.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James Hiller VINE VOICE on August 23, 2005
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Names we all recognize: Langston Hughes, Zora Lean Hurston, Wally Thurman. But what is their connection, to life in the 1920's, to life in Harlem, and their role in the pre-Civil Rights Movement? And what is their role to us today? Rodney Evans' inspiring independent picture, "Brother to Brother" atttempts to answer that question.

Anthony Mackie plays Perry, a young, gay, black artist struggling to find his place in this world and his own community. Supported unconditionally by his best friend Marcus and another friend Jim, Perry spends the early part of the film wandering around, seemingly going through the motions, but unsure of the meaning behind it all. Then he meets Bruce Nugent, an aging artist and writer, who attempts to guide Perry through this tricky path of self-discovery. In doing so, Bruce illuminates his life back in the 1920's, in Harlem, during the grand renaissance when blacks, unprecendentally, began to blossom in all areas.

The film is the most effective in these moments of flashback, an oft-overused convention that works very well in this film. As Bruce tells his stories, we see parts of Harlem, and the people who worked to buck conventions in trying to produce art that accurately reflected their authentic experience. The actors playing the main people of Bruce's social set are incredible, from Daniel Sunjata who plays Langston Hughes to Aunjanue Ellis who captures the zeal and life of Zora Neal Hurston. It is baudy, risky, and works to great effect. As we see Perry affected by these stories, we, as an audience, are also equally affected. This definitely has all of the hallmarks of an independent film, adding a rawness of realism to the story.
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