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Night Catches Us [Blu-ray]

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In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone's beliefs, as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia.

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  • Actors: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington
  • Directors: Tanya Hamilton
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004BZ5AHS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,184 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2010
Format: DVD
NIGHT CATCHES US is a gripping film that reminds us of the importance of the Black Panther Movement. Historical distance and changes in this country may have numbed the memory of a social movement as an important racial equality step and the very words 'Black Panther' are unfortunately tainted with the radical ugly aspects. But Tanya Hamilton has written and directed this compelling movie NIGHT CATCHES US and hopefully the core meaning of the movement will gain respect in the minds of those fortunate to see this brilliant little film. In order to help those who are unfamiliar with this movement a brief history may help appreciate this film. 'The Black Panther Party (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was an African-American revolutionary leftist organization. It was active in the United States from the mid-1960s into the 1970s. The Black Panther Party achieved national and international impact through their deep involvement in the Black Power movement and in US politics of the 1960s and 70s, as the intense anti-racism of the time is today considered one of the most significant social, political and cultural currents in US history. The group's "provocative rhetoric, militant posture, and cultural and political flourishes permanently altered the contours of American Identity. Founded in Oakland, California, by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton on October 15, 1966, the organization initially set forth a doctrine calling primarily for the protection of African American neighborhoods from police brutality. But the Black Panther Party's objectives and philosophy expanded and evolved rapidly during the party's existence.Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Turfseer on February 20, 2011
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One of the problems with many of the indie films out today is that the screenwriters have a great deal of trouble developing an organic, inter-connected plot. I'm pleased to report that Tanya Hamilton, writer/director of 'Night Catches Us', the new inner city drama set in 1976 Philadelphia, has no such problem. What's particularly impressive about Ms. Hamilton's skill as a screenwriter, is that she's able to juggle a multitude of characters, connecting them at the same time to a story that spans over a decade in time. Even better, Hamilton has a prescient, balanced view of race relations in America. She doesn't take sides and adroitly points out both the strengths and shortcomings of the various players on each side of the racial divide.

Hamilton's clever plot revolves around the return of former Black Panther, Marcus Washington (played by Anthony Mackie, in an excellent, understated performance), to his old neighborhood. Marcus is not your typical knight in shining armor protagonist, as he has a checkered past, having just gotten out of prison for selling guns. His father, a successful preacher has just passed away, and his brother Bostic, now a Black Muslim, regards Marcus as a troublemaker, and bars him from staying at the family home, which has just been willed to him. Marcus has even bigger problems with his old Panther buddies, particularly 'DoRight', now a gang leader, who calls him a 'snitch' and blames him for the death of an old Panther buddy, killed by the police. It seems that DoRight's buddy was married to Patricia, who Marcus was involved with years earlier.

Patricia is also a complex character. She's now an activist attorney for the black community and is raising her nine year old daughter, Iris, on her own.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Brunson on February 4, 2011
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The filmmaker perfectly caught the look and feel of early 1970's Philadelphia. The acting by all was superb. Kerry Washington's acting was excellent and was the entire cast. The story was excellent and paced very well right up until the secret revealed at the end. It left you wanting more but...not really...It was a great ending for a great film. The soundtrack was EXCELLENT !!!! You must see this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warren A. Richards on February 14, 2011
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Tanya Hamilton's film hits the mark for those of us who lived in the 70's and remember the Black Panther Party and the unsettling times that brought on the movement that awaken young blacks to a new reality awareness. Through all of the negative things that found their way into our community in those time drugs, etc.
The BPP message of community, family, and protection against those that sought to exploit and alienate us, was something to lift our minds. Though I was a young teen at the time as I read more I began to understand that this was a social movement that challenged the governments way of treating us with little respect.

This film is told during the aftermath of the movement. It is not so much about the Black Panther Party as it is about two individuals that came from the movement, and now trying to continue to live their lives. Yes they understood that it was time to move on, but for one an incident happenens in the past that occasionally bring up shame and guilt.

The cast is great Anthony Mackie does a good job playing the lead role of Marcus, and Kerry Washington continues to be one of my favorites. She is suburb as Patty the ex panther, and mother. Jamara Griffin plays Washington's daughter and she is also great.

What I really liked that the film does is provides us with film clips from that period instead trying to tell a story around it.
Also what I appreicated most was the interviews in the extras from former panther members Bobby Seals & Jamal Joseph.
As you can see I liked this movie.
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