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  • Actors: Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, Harmony Santana, Robert Prescott, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
  • Directors: Rashaad Ernesto Green
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ANGIC4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's grasp and understanding.

Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom.

Can a father's fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life?

Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green's first feature film is an intricate portrait of a family divided told with sensitivity, gentle humor, and a deep understanding of the environment that shapes its people.

Review

"An excellent debut" --IndieWIRE

"One of the must-see films of the festival." --CNN American Morning

"A strong, buoyant debut by a director of great promise." --Filmmaker Magazine

Customer Reviews

As I kept waiting for the film to start they rolled the end credits.
The Movie Guy
Overall the characters were great and showed real emotion which I felt helped me understand the struggle that Harmony Santana was going through in her youth.
Senor Hammoud
I did not like the way it ended but there were so many reasons and stories that all can relate too.
Liz Gee

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dom on March 10, 2013
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This movie is about a transsexual teen and her harsh new journey after her father gets out of prison. However, even though the father is the destructive force, who in many ways pushes the teen into defending and demanding her sexual identity even more, his journey is also depicted on screen in a way to get the audience to relate on a basic level. Therefore, the most potent feeling in the movie is pain instead of say pity or disgust. The viewer can experience the pain felt by the overly abused teen, and the pain the father feels as he acts on what he believes will help while also dealing with a world that treats him just as badly. In the end, it’s a movie that accepts transsexual identity, but from which perspective, one of reluctant tolerance or personal need, is up to the viewer to decide.
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I tend to get a bit worried when I come across a low budget indie such as "Gun Hill Road," which has an important message of unqualified love and acceptance. Sometimes these earnest endeavors can lack a subtlety and realness in their characterizations and they often go for what I like to call BIG MESSAGE MOMENTS. So I was pleasantly surprised by the restraint first time writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green brings to the proceedings. It is a movie that could have devolved into easy stereotypes, but instead the screenplay keeps things focused on a family that is refreshingly multi-layered and believable. Perhaps not everything is perfect (the boyfriend storyline occasionally strained credibility in its presentation), but Green demonstrates a big heart for his flawed characters. And it is this clear vision and even-handed tone that allows "Gun Hill Road" to work quite well. I didn't know anything about the film before watching it, and it's a solid recommendation.

I've been a fan of Esai Morales ever since "La Bamba" (man, that was a long time ago) and I've always thought he should be a bigger star! Here, he plays a man being released from prison who attempts to reconnect with his family. He wants to do the right thing, be a good person, but the influences of his past life are never far away. His wife (Judy Reyes of Scrubs) and son (Harmony Santana) have moved on with their own lives but must adapt to having Morales home again. It's a delicate balance and a precarious one. A major source of tension is Santana's exploration of his gender identity. Not the boy that Morales remembers, he must adapt to the fact that his son sees himself as more female than male. This, of course, ignites all manner of prejudice and disappointment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By orangemoon on January 20, 2013
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I saw this movie over a year ago and have been awaiting to finally be able to add this to my collection. The release date has changed several times and not sure why it has not been released yet as this came out before "Pariah" and that was available on DVD last year.

Gun Hill Road is an interesting story about family dynamics along with the evolution of adolescence and how someone who is different has to deal with societal views intermingled with family perception. It is a true coming of age story in the genre of alternative lifestyles. Definitely, a must see for the evolved and free thinker.

I just hope that it is released as described this time and not delayed any longer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Domanique Cummings on March 12, 2013
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I have been waiting to see this film for awhile now, and I thought that Mr. Ernesto did a great job on his first feature, there was good acting and a strong storyline. I can't wait to see his new work!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daphine E. Campanelli on April 5, 2013
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I cannot believe I knew this writer/director as a child! Hope your future is very successful, Mr. Green! This film was awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on April 18, 2013
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Enrique (Esai Morales) gets out of prison after three years. He doesn't want to violate his parole and go back, but the cards are stacked against him. His wife Angela (Judy Reyes) had taken on a lover (Vincent Laresca) which Enrique is understanding and forgiving, but now it must be over. Their son Michael (Harmony Santana) prefers to be called Vanessa. Angela is supportive of him, while Enrique is as confused as a rabbit in the headlights.

And that is pretty much the story. The action and plot are light. I imagine the film is supposed to deal with growing up transvestite in a poor Hispanic neighborhood, but it misses the mark on that. As I kept waiting for the film to start they rolled the end credits. The film was well acted with some interesting scenes, but there was no hook.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, N-word, sex. Brief opaque side shower nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chavalin Rodriguez on April 3, 2013
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It was worth the wait... I missed all the screenings for this movie in NYC, and then had to wait for the DVD. But I was all worth it. This is an excellent movie for those LGBT teens that just don't know what to do when it comes to parents. I would and have recommended this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhyannon A. on March 24, 2013
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This film covers a great deal of social intersectionality. The story is handled incredibly well and creates a beautiful experience.
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