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Life Support (DVD)

HBO Films presents Academy Award® nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago) in a heartbreaking story of one woman's journey to the brink of self-destruction and despair, and her inspirational fight to gain back her dignity and her family. Ana is an HIV-positive former drug addict from Brooklyn, desperately struggling with her past and passionately trying to make things right with her involvement in an AIDS outreach group, Life Support. Inspired by a true story, Life Support is a touching, poignant tale of loving, losing and letting go.


Though Queen Latifah is less known for her dramatic skills, films such as Life Support drive home the point that this singer turned actress has the chops to build a serious career in movies. Thanks to her work on the sitcom Living Single, everyone knows that she's funny. And musicals such as Chicago and Hairspray prove that her singing talent extends far further than rap. Here, Latifah captivates the audience with her understated performance. Based on the true-life story of writer-director Nelson George's HIV-positive sister, Andrea Williams, Life Support stars Latifah as Ana, a recovering junkie who tries to atone for her seedy past by being a loving mom to her 9-year-old daughter. In addition, she takes care of her husband, who also has HIV. But Life Support, an AIDS awareness facility that is an integral part of her life, is where Ana feels most at home. As the movie unfolds, we see how far Ana has come from her rocky beginnings, and how much more she has to accomplish before she can repair the damage from her past. One that seems irreparable is the sticky relationship she has with her estranged teenage daughter, who lives with Ana's mother (wonderfully played by Anna Deavere Smith). While there are some moments in the film that are overly maudlin, giving it more of a Movie of the Week feel than that of a feature film, Latifah's deft touch--as well as superb acting by the supporting cast--make Ana someone we all would like to help, yet are wary of befriending. --Jae-Ha Kim

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  • Actors: Queen Latifah, Anna Deavere Smith, Wendell Pierce, Rachel Nicks, Evan Ross (III)
  • Directors: Nelson George
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R17RQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life Support" on IMDb

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2007
Format: DVD
Once again HBO has produced a film for television that will doubtless be a success not only in its televised version but on theater release and/or DVD. LIFE SUPPORT as written by Nelson George, Hannah Weyer and Jim McKay and directed with power and restraint by Nelson George has the courage to delve deeply into the problem of AIDS in the black community and the result is a film that is not only informative but also a story of tremendous power about the sequelae of HIV infection on the lives of those infected and their families.

Based on the true story of a mother who as a crack cocaine addict became infected by her boyfriend's indiscriminate use of a shared needle and with the discovery of her sero-positive status turned her life around to become a powerful positive role model and AIDS activist in the black community. Ana Willis (Queen Latifah in a sterling performance) is married to Slick (Wendell Pierce), both of whom are HIV positive and both work, living with their young daughter Kim (Ravelle Parker) and trying to cope with their estranged daughter Kelly (Rachel Nicks, a true find of a young artist!) who elects to live with her grandmother, Ana's beleagured mother (Anna Deavere Smith, once again proving she is one of the premiere actors of the day). Kelly and Ana are at odds and their strained relationship is one of the evidences of the cruelties of the aftermath of ex-addicts manner of going straight. Kelly's closest friend is Omari (Evan Ross, gifted actor son of Diana Ross!) who is gay and is very ill with AIDS.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Olukayode Balogun on October 26, 2007
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She started off as a rapper who spoke to us about respect and female empowerment but the lady also known as Dana Owens has come a long way since then. She's a genuine Hollywood Power Player and bona fide movie star these days. Not every role she's chosen has resulted in box office success but she has always been very thoughtful in her choices. Where there has been success, iconic and commercial, whether it be in a drama, comedy or musical, (from movies like Jungle Fever and Juice, to Set It Off and House Party 2, to others like Chicago (Widescreen Edition) and Barbershop 2 - Back in Business (Special Edition)), she's been one of the ones to watch. I was really excited when I learned earlier this year that she was to play this role. As HBO doesn't screen in this country I knew I was going to have to hope that it made it to DVD and luckily, it eventually did. I ordered my copy without a second thought.

This is a real life story based on director Nelson George's sister Andrea Williams who is HIV positive.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By IsSoUKnow on January 7, 2008
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This was a great movie. All of the actors played their roles so well that it's almost as if you aren't watching a movie. It's like you're witnessing these peoples lives as it unfolds. It didn't go into the real-real-grittyness of the streets but you get a real clear idea of it. Latifah was great, and I was also impressed with Evan Ross's roll.

This was an all around great film and I don't regret buying it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zenobia Carson on March 7, 2010
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Before I ordered Life Support from Amazon, I caught the film on late night cable television. As the mother of an adult son who died from AIDS two years ago, I was naturally interested in the content and the message.

Initially, I wanted to see if the characters and the information about HIV and AIDS was as close to accurate as I needed them to be, but I became absorbed in the characters and their individual stories, which is the way this disease happens. One person at a time.

There may be an epidemic among certain races and ages, but getting down to it, is the fact that each person affected, and there are numbers that statistics do not cover, including scads of children, parents, friends and relatives who do not HAVE the virus, but are affected by it's devastation for the rest of their lives, after losing someone they love so dearly.

I appreciate this movie and would recommend it to anyone. Not just a family who is affected by AIDS but to those who for the moment, have not been touched by it.

The circle of those affected draws tighter and tighter. We cannot allow ourselves to be silent due to the fact that it has not come knocking on our doors yet. If it has not, I am pretty sure that in one way or another, just like drugs, we all get affected by this killer of dreams and usurper of hope.

Zenobia L Silas-Carson
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