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  • Actors: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Lou Myers, Akrosia Samson, Casey Lee
  • Directors: Michael Toshiyuki Uno
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Urban Works
  • VHS Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A0WKW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno Cast: Clifton Powell, Janet MacLachlan, Vanessa Bell Calloway Writer: Tony Lee

Customer Reviews

I like the True Nature In the Movie.
John L Williams
Thankfully, BET and Arabesque entertainment, known for their well recieved books have definitely shined in on bringing good quality movies to the DVD market.
Michael Kerner
The movie teaches a beautiful lesson on the importance of inclusive societal growth.
Frank Shanel Mdimi, Senior Communications and Public Relations Officer, FCC, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2004
Format: DVD
I recently bought this DVD and I really enjoyed it. I always loved Vanessa Bell Calloway. She's a great actress who's been underrated for way too long. I was happy to see her in a starring role. It's been a while.
The film starts off with Nikita Harrell, a famous novelist whose life begins to fall flat once she realizes she could be put in prison for not paying taxes. From that point on, the brilliant yet self-absorbed and mean-spirited Nikita steps on everyone who gets in her way in order to fix her own problems. One night when she's struggling with her latest manuscript she comes to a revelation: she wants to travel to Africa to see the motherland and find herself again. Nikita learns that a trip is not the only answer and turns her attitude around.
This film was lovely and hit close to home because I am an author myself. Nikita was a very selfish woman who learned the hard way that a bad life doesn't give you the right to treat people wrong. She learns to lean on the people who love her instead of running away from them. This is a beautiful family drama. I laughed and cried. My only complaint was that the film wasn't longer. I am not a big fan of BET film adaptations because the ones I've seen were not impressive. A Private Affair is the only BET film I would recommend to anyone. It's light-hearted yet dramatic and just plain fun. Vanessa Bell Calloway has chemstry with everyone she encounters and she convinced me of her part completely. Fans of intelligent black films should definitely get this movie. It's a movie no Vanessa Bell Calloway fan should miss.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 9, 2005
Format: DVD
It always seems to surprise me about Africa-American entertainment these days. Yet, there are just so many stereotypes written about woment in those roles, and so many of them not given credit in good quality roles, as much as those roles are strictly given to certain actresses like Halle Berry. Yet, with all of those, it does dismantle some light into good movies. Thankfully, BET and Arabesque entertainment, known for their well recieved books have definitely shined in on bringing good quality movies to the DVD market. That has happened with so many great movies from their novels including Playing With Fire, the well recieved After All with Holly Robinson Peete, and other acceptional flicks, including A Private Affair.

In the 2000 film A Private Affair, featuring Vanessa Bell Calloway (Vanessa Bell at the time this film was catually released), the film reflects on a well recieved African-American writer, Nikita and how she learns to come back home after declared a victim to the I.R.S. Yet, she really feels sorry for herself at first, but also learns to rebuild her old life with her family, and an old flame from her past in the process. The movie fairs well, but loses a little of its momentum at the beginning, but gains it back during the middle of the movie, when Nikita decides to take a life-changing journey to Africa so she can recapture her essence and boldness as a author.

For an actress like Vanessa Bell, who was a talk show panelist on the short-lived BET knockoff to The View "Oh Drama!", she has a lot of character in her, that should make her placed as the next Angela Bassett. A Private Affair is a wonderful movie. If you haven't seen it on BET, try renting this video and see if you like it. If you do, go ahead and buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By christine austin-williams on September 23, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
good movie, i had to replace it because somebody had taken it off my shelf and never gave it back... this movie is a keeper
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2004
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THIS MOVIE IS JUST ONE OF MANY THAT I HAVE PURCHASED AND ENJOYED BY BET. AS ALWAYS,THE MOVIE IS WELL PRODUCED. THE ACTING AND CAST ARE SUPERB AND IT IS WORTH PURCHASING.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cali Gal on March 13, 2013
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The movie was pretty good. A little slow starting, but got better the more you watched. I usually love these series of movies.
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Sometimes we do get to a point in our lives were we are only focusing on ourselves and our situations and not caring about our family and friends problems. But, when things get so hard to bare and we there is no one around to go to but our CREATOR then, that when we wake up and realize how we neglected and overlooked everyone and everything else in life.
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Indeed selfish intentions mar the capacity in which we can love each other and can love and work for the society. It doesn't profit much a successful superstar to shine alone while his/her society grapples with poverty. The movie teaches a beautiful lesson on the importance of inclusive societal growth.
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By sandy1095 on March 9, 2013
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This moive is good, It might have needed a little more passion in it during the love making scenes. It could have been a little more in tense... considering everything going on with the lead woman...
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