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Visit [VHS] (2001)

Obba Babatundé , Rae Dawn Chong , Jordan Walker-Pearlman  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Obba Babatundé, Rae Dawn Chong, Charmin Lee White, Terrell Mitchell, Enoh Essien
  • Directors: Jordan Walker-Pearlman
  • Writers: Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Kosmond Russell
  • Producers: Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Anastasia King, Charla Driver, Chet Williams III, Kosmond Russell
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NRPF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding redemption story November 4, 2001
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"The Visit" is an outstanding expanded view of a prison inmate dying of AIDS. His world is defined by visits from family members and an old girl friend, and by his meetings with a prison psychologist and the parole board. Each encounter is followed by dream sequences where he imagines an intimacy with them that is impossible across the physical and mental barriers defining their short time together. The story paints a larger picture of anger, love, and forgiveness that reaches beyond the unsentimental and unvarnished prison drama to a universal redemption unbound by prison walls. Say amen somebody; this is true religion at its best, sans God or Bible, but rich in human love.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make This a Must Scheduled "Visit" February 2, 2002
Format:DVD
"The Visit" is a very fine film with formidable performances, especially from the superb Hill Harper and Billy Dee Williams. I also thought Rae Dawn Chong was the best I've ever seen her. It is a terrible shame this film was deemed fit only to been seen in theatres on the West and East coasts. I would definitely have paid good money to see this film to give it the proper support it so richly deserved. I found myself connecting with these characters completely and regretted seeing them leave after a truly magnificent stay in my home for an hour and forty five minutes. Please rent this film. There may be little we can do about supporting it at a theatre near our respective homes, however we can do what is necessary to make sure it flies off video shelves.
While it is not my intention to insult films like "The Brothers" and "Two Can Play That Game," I do feel it is worth noting that films like "The Visit" ("Eve's Bayou" comes to mind as well as the television series adaptation of the film "Soul Food") represent the talent Black actors and filmmakers are capable of if only given the chance to be seen and heard. Bravo to Jordan Walker Pearlman for his exquisite film and let us hope this represents an embracing of excellence in the telling of Black people's stories on screen. I am very, very proud.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful March 10, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is just beautiful. The portrayals were the absolute best and I wasn't disappointed. You have this brother who has AIDS in prison. His father, who didn't give him no support when he needed it, will not visit him in prison until the brother(Obba Babatunde) asks them to. I believe the reason he asks the family to come is because he knew the end was coming, and in his own way he wanted to make peace. In some of the scenes, he baits some of the folks, I felt that was a waste of time, but other than that, it was good. One of the best, and one of the most underrated movies that is out there.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Acting, Powerful Film March 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The Visit is an extraordinarily powerful film. Hill Harper is a great young actor, Billy Dee Williams has not been better in many years. The film is almost claustrophobic at times because everything is so tightly filmed in the prison, but that becomes symbolic of Alex's (Hill's) state of mind. Despite is angry, raging exterior, Alex is a hurt, lonely little boy. He reminds us that those people who we see as intimidating are often scared and attempting to protect themselves from further hurt.
I've showed this film in a college classroom with social work students, and there wasnt a dry eye in the place.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A universal story all can relate to. September 27, 2002
Format:DVD
Somewhere, in every family, there's an ache to be healed
Seeing a movie of this caliber was a pleasant surprise.
Hill Harper will be a major leading star in the very near future. While the most obvious comparison is to think of the next Denzel Washington, I think he will take a step forward, just as Denzel did from Sidney Poitier. Harper's strong performance in the TV show City of Angels and his debut feature film Loving Jezebel gives you a glimpse into his potential.
His acting is exceptional, without the need for giving speeches like many of the current crop of better actors such as Denzel Washington, Kevin Spacey and Nicholas Cage. As I was looking at this film, I was reminded of Denzel in Hurricance. Not because of the similar prison setting, but because of the depth of the character being shown in a confined space. Jordan Walker-Pearlman's directing compliments Harper's acting, effectively using flashbacks and luminous dream sequences.
The supporting cast is excellent, creating an ensemble film. Obba Babatunde, Rae Dawn Chong, Billy Dee Williams, Marla Gibbs and Phylicia Rashad all provide memorable performances. Billy Dee even makes up for his shameful supporting, "I really need a paycheck," role in The Ladies Man.
In The Hurricane, the primary villain was a racist white policeman and an insensitive judicial system. In The Visit, the biggest enemy starts out as Alex himself. As in the phrase, "still waters run deep," The Visit is about so much more than a conversation between two people sitting on different sides of a table. Every family has room for a spiritual awakening and there are doors that you may wish to reopen once you see this film.
George O. Singleton © 2000
George@reelmoviecritic.com
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prison is in your Mind March 24, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
When I first saw The "Visit" it was on HBO, but never really seeing
the Movie from the beginning, but found it to be just as powerful.
I'm a movie collector and just knew I wanted it as part of my
collection. To me "The Visit" was just an anology of being
locked behind the "prison walls of your mind" and even though
those who were physically free weren't really free...they were
still imprisoned mentally and spiritually. Sometimes you have to look beyond the title of the movie and see how it's speaking into your life. The acting was good and there was a story line; it all
had to do with how deep inside yourself were you willing to go to
get the meaning of the message of the movie...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
Tragic,Touching & Inspiring!!! I remember watching this film a few years back and it really touched me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ChiNyC
3.0 out of 5 stars O.K
There is some really bad acting in this movie. The story is not told well and the acting could be a lot better. The movie is not terrible, but just not Good.
Published 13 months ago by John Safe
3.0 out of 5 stars The Visit
Borring and choppy if you know what I'm saying. I have never seen such good actors do such poor jobs.
Published on July 9, 2007 by Vivianna Schmel
5.0 out of 5 stars very strong film
this film is very real as it deals with a Prisoner played by Hill Harper who is dying from Aids. Harper is a Very Good Actor. Read more
Published on February 7, 2007 by mistermaxxx08
5.0 out of 5 stars hill harper is so intense
get this, do not watch it alone, it so emotional!

hill harper is so intensely understated it gave me goosebumps. Read more
Published on November 26, 2006 by Richard C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A story for any family dealing with forgiveness
Dealing with family and forgiveness is one of the hardest and most humbling things we all, as humans, go through in life. Read more
Published on March 17, 2005 by Jeanette L. Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bear's take on The Visit
I am a Black African from South Africa and like movies in general but I am an avid supporter of Black Amarican movies. This was a very good movie with superb acting by all. Read more
Published on January 31, 2005 by S. M. Mkhize
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformation
Although I missed the beginning of The Visit ,I found it filled with powerful acting and a story of transformation. How did I miss this? It was released in 2001. Read more
Published on December 31, 2004 by D. Ahmad
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Change the Way You Think: That's Powerful
Sent to jail for a crime he didn't commit, Alex (HILL HARPER, He Got Game) must now fight to win his parole. Read more
Published on October 17, 2004 by Film Pro
5.0 out of 5 stars Crying for A Criminal
I never believed I could cry for a criminal. I always assumed they were in prison because twelve strangers said, "Guilty. Read more
Published on September 23, 2002 by Judith
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