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  • Actors: Senait Ashenafi, Pierre Perea, Antwan Mills, James Avery, Gayle Samuels
  • Directors: Melvin James
  • Writers: Pierre Perea, Roderick Powell
  • Producers: Pierre Perea, Roderick Powell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPAP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Honeybee" on IMDb

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Brianna (Senait Ashenafi) is a young African American college student who drops out of school -- against her father's (James Avery) wishes -- to pursue her dream of making it as a professional boxer, despite being a complete novice at the sport. Though she faces strong disapproval from her family and friends, Brianna finds support in the form of her trainer and earns the opportunity to prove her skills to the toughest critic of all -- herself.

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"Honeybee" is an action/dram with a dash of humor about a beautiful young woman, Brianna Dukes (Senait Ashenafi), from a well-to-do black family who drops out of college against her family's wishes to pursue a career as a professional boxer. With her loyal trainer Pablo (Pierre Perea) by her side, Brianna struggles to overcome attempts by a disapproving Father (James Avery), an abusive boyfriend (Antwan Mills), a scandalous boxing promoter (victor Carr) and a rival boxer (Corinne Van Ryck) to stop her climb to the top of the boxing world.

Customer Reviews

Simply put, it lacks originality and depth.
Ibochild
The director obviously made the most of what he had in order to be able to make this film out of almost nothing.
Tyrell
It taps into a spiritual level in all of us.
P.L.G. Wollfe

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ibochild on December 4, 2002
Format: Theatrical Release
I caught this film at the Hollywood Black Film Festival last February, so I am probably one of the few people to catch this film on the big screen. It's not surprising that the film never received a significant theatrical release. Simply put, HONEYBEE is an unpretencious B-movie about a young woman trying to make it in boxing. Nothing more, nothing less.
From the looks of it, the film might have been pitched as a cross between ALI and GIRLFIGHT. Unfortunately, it stands up to neither of the films. This is from no fault of the actors. Accepting the rather petite Senait Ashenafi (who played Keesha Ward on TV's "General Hospital") as a boxer is pushing things a bit, but that detail aside, she does a credible job given the material she was given.
Pierre Perea is okay as Honeybee's trainer and Corinne Van Wyck plays a good B-movie villian. As always, James Avery ("The Fresh Prince of Bel Air") gives a reliable performance. The rest of the cast doesn't make much of an impact.
The main shortcoming of the film comes with Roderick Powell's script. Simply put, it lacks originality and depth. Everything you see in this film has been done better elsewhere. Powell also wrote and directed the equally campy, PREACHING TO THE SISTERS (a/k/a PREACHER PLAYER). Of the two films, HONEYBEE is marginally better, in large part due to its use of professional actors and the fact that this one was shot on film rather than grainy video.
Melvin James' direction is sluggish and stylistically indifferent. It isn't until the last reel of the film that the pace starts to pick up, but by then it is too late.
Despite subpar writing and directing, this is not to say that HONEYBEE lacks entertainment value. Even Ed Wood had his legion of fans. HONEYBEE is the type of film that you enjoy because it is bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Herbert R. Adams on December 2, 2007
Format: DVD
The film is remarkably well-acted and believable, except perhaps for the ending. Although the boxing scenes are obviously staged, the impact of the film is quite authentic and insightful, particularly for a young female who may be thinking about the boxing world as an avenue to pursue. One scene is sexually graphic and may "put off" gifting this film to unsophisticated recipients. I'm and experienced granddad and bought the film for my 17-year-old granddaughter who is just beginning to spar.Honeybee
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BIG CEDDY on November 8, 2002
Format: DVD
If you purchased or rented this title because you thought you renting a quality film then I feel sorry. I too rented this so called 'waste of time' in hopes of being entertained but the quality of the production was almost unbearable. Honestly, the sound recording was terrible, the acting performances were that of a high school play and overall there was no stucture to the story that would allow someone to follow. This seems like it would have been better off being released by York which at least confesses it puts out bad black films for the 'ghetto'.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw Honeybee at a film festival in New York City and it is an excellent movie. The characters are interesting and the story is very entertaining. I'm glad to see a movie where black folks are doing something besides telling jokes or being the butt of jokes. In this movie, you actually get to see a black woman pursuing her dreams regardless of the odds against her.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2002
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I'm very happy to see a movie that isn't a stereotypical black movie set in the hood. Very refreshing. I hope to see more movies like this, especially with strong black female lead characters. It was also a pleasant surprise to see James Avery from the Fresh Prince TV show in the movie. He did very well in an atypical dramatic role.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tyrell on April 11, 2003
Format: DVD
...I saw this film several times and although it has it's flaws, this was an interesting film and is definitely worth adding to your straight to video collection. It had a short theatrical release because it truly is "the little film that could" Although, it is crippled by the same things that all low budget indy film are crippled with , like a limited budget, lesser talented actors, equipment, etc this film actually does look better and is much better directed than most all of it's counterparts out there. The director obviously made the most of what he had in order to be able to make this film out of almost nothing. That shows the mark of a true talent. James Avery's performance was great as usual and Corinne DeGroot lit up the screen with a tough and strong prescense as female boxing nemesis. I think any educated and informed consumer will enjoy this film for what it has to offer. Especially since it is not depicting black people in stereotypical roles. Expand your mind and look to be entertained and intrigued by this film and moreso by the potential of the people behind it. Kudos to Director, Melvin James. I'm looking for bigger and better thngs to come.
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