The Avon Barksdale Story: Legends of the Unwired
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This dvd, which gives background on the real life inspiration for one of the main characters, is likely to appeal to " Wire" completists for that reason- we want details! You'll spend the whole time you're watching trying to figure out how much of what you see and hear is true, and how much of it David Simon and company worked into the show and in what form.
The production values aren't great, the reeneactments are cheesy, and the narrator's tone veers from decrying to admiring violence and criminality. And Wood Harris's role seems to be just to show amusement at Barksdale's tales of crime- at one point he laughs heartily when Barksdale declines to answer a questions by saying there is no statute of limitations on murder. There are definitely mixed messages in this work.
As a stand alone work, I give it barely 3 stars, a " Wire" devotee may get 4 stars worth of enjoyment out of this.
this is a documentary hosted by the actor who played Avon in the show (Wood Harris) as he interviews the real life Avon Barksdale as they walk through Baltimore's ghettos where the show was shot as well as other locations where you see just how real the show really was.
I had a chance to preview this, and i must admit it is excellent. one of the best documentaries on the topic all together and an absolute must watch for fans of The Wire.
The film is certainly inspirational to handicapped children who aspire to be drug dealers. The real truth is that Avon is most famous for being shot in the head three times and surviving to tell about it.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Strippers who don't strip.
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An awful documentary shot on a budget most would blow in one weekend of drinking. The director never asks any probing questions, basically he just applauds Avon like a lap dog. Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Truth
The reenactments don't even match the narrator and the storyline. There is one point where Barksdales crew send a bunch of girls are getting ready to go into... Read more