TO SLEEP WITH ANGER

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Charles Burnett, 102', 1990, USA
Director: Charles Burnett
Executive Producer: Danny Glover
Producers: Caldecot Chubb, Thomas S. Byrnes, Darin Scott.
Cinematography: Danny Glover, Walter Lloyd
Editing: Nancy Richardson
Cast: Danny Glover, Paul Butler, DeVaughn Nixon, Vonetta McGee, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Carl Lumbly
Music: Stephen James Taylor, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bobby Bland, Little Milton Campbell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Ethel Ayler, Z. Z. Hill

Featuring a highly accomplished ensemble cast headed by the film’s executive producer, actor Danny Glover, To Sleep With Anger concerns a transplanted African American family’s metaphorical and metaphysical tug-of-war between their comfortable life in Los Angeles and the age-old superstitions and cultural traditions native to their former home in the South.  The catalyst for this mortal conflict is a beloved family friend from back home, Harry Mention (Danny Glover), a “trickster” who arrives unexpectedly with a twinkle in his eye and a soul-rooted connection to the more sinister aspects of Southern folklore.  As Harry’s initially charming, but ultimately devilish, conjuring gradually infiltrates three generations of the family unit, deep-seated fractures in their interrelationships are forced to confrontation.

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